If you work in an industrial setting or on a construction site, you may be exposed to heavy equipment or large industrial machinery. The risks of serious injury are high, including accidents caused by:
- Dangerous or defective machinery—The equipment may have been poorly or negligently designed, manufactured or assembled.
- Negligence in the maintenance or upkeep of machinery—Often, in an attempt to cut costs, the owner of heavy machinery will delay routine maintenance or fail to monitor machinery for problems.
- Negligence in the hiring, training or supervision of heavy machinery operators—An owner or contractor may fail to confirm skill level of new employees, or neglect to have appropriate measures in place to promote or encourage safe operation of heavy machinery. The owner may allow operators to disengage required safety devices in an effort to enhance production, or may neglect to monitor employees to make certain proper safety procedures are being followed
Methods of Recovery for Machinery Accident Injuries
If you suffered a machinery-related accident at work, you have a right to benefits under the California Workers’ Compensation Act. You won’t need to show negligence on the part of your employer—you need only prove that the injury occurred during the scope of your employment. You are also entitled to workers’ compensation benefits even if you were partially or wholly responsible for your accident.
If your injuries were caused by a third party, someone other than your employer, you may seek compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit. For example, if your injuries resulted from defective manufacture or design of a machine, you can file a lawsuit directly against the designer or manufacturer, in addition to your workers’ compensation claim.
Contact the Law Offices of J. Lewis & Associates
To discuss your legal needs with an experienced Riverside machinery accident injury lawyer, contact our office online or call us toll-free at 1-800-228-0507. There is no charge for your initial consultation. Se Habla Espanol.