Workers’ Compensation Assistance: How Does a Heavy Equipment Accident Happen?

No one means to cause a heavy equipment accident yet it happens every day across the country. These accidents are often the result of the at-fault party making a mistake or not following safety protocol. They may be working to save money, they may be careless, or they may be looking for the fastest way to get the job done. When their action causes an injury, they can be held responsible.

California law provides better protection than most states for injured workers. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we cannot guarantee how your case will turn out but we can promise to work diligently for you from start to finish. We can promise that we will give you our honest assessment at every turn. Read on to find out more about how these heavy equipment accidents happen. Then contact us at 800-333-0000 for your free legal consultation.

Most heavy equipment accidents involve vehicles, machines, or tools

In California, most of the heavy equipment accidents involve the use of vehicles, tools, or machines. Examples include electrical equipment, aerial lifts, dump trucks, backhoes, dozers, bulldozers, cement trucks, cranes, company vehicles, excavators, tractors, farming equipment, skid-steer loaders, front-end loaders, and forklifts. Accidents can also occur due to tools or equipment falling, or due to equipment that is dangerous or otherwise defective.

The potential injuries in these cases can be catastrophic

It is true that no two accidents are identical. However, it is also true that many heavy equipment accidents result in serious and catastrophic injuries. Examples include third-degree burns, stroke, amputation, paralysis, disfigurement, spinal cord damage, and other long-term injuries. There is no such thing as an injury too small or too big to qualify you for a personal injury case.

There are many parties that could be held accountable

It all depends on the specific circumstances of your accident, but depending on the situation it may be that you file a lawsuit against numerous parties. This could include co-workers, your employer, the manufacturer of the equipment on which you were injured, the retailer that sold said equipment, government entities, or the attorneys representing any of these entities.

Workers’ Compensation is not necessarily your only option

Due to the fact that many if not most of these heavy equipment accidents happen to a person while they are working, it is a common assumption that recovery is limited to the Workers’ Compensation system. This is not necessarily the case. In some instances, it may be best to work on a claim through that system but remember that it does not allow for pain and suffering.

In other instances, a separate lawsuit may be required. Either way, you can trust that at The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we will give you an honest assessment. Get the process started now by calling our offices at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.