Dangerous Machinery Accidents
Many industries utilize heavy and potentially dangerous machines and equipment, including agriculture, manufacturing, construction, and mining. Unless you work in an office, you likely handle serious equipment, machines, and vehicles on a regular basis. It takes proper training, caution, and appropriate supervision to work with these dangerous machines every day without getting hurt. Unfortunately, work accidents related to dangerous machines are all too common. If you are injured while working because something – or someone – went wrong, contact our dangerous machinery accident lawyers of Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. at 205-933-1500.
Some often dangerous machines that lead to work-related accidents and injuries include:
- Vehicles like trucks, tractors, forklifts, backhoes, and cranes
- Any vehicle with limited visibility during operation
- Table saws and other cutting instruments
- Nail guns
- Belt sanders
- Conveyor belts
- Any automatic or semi-automatic tool or machine
- Any machine with open moving parts
Various industries use countless dangerous machines. If you were injured by any type of equipment, you may have a workers compensation claim. Even if the machine that led to your injury is less well-known, do not hesitate to seek legal help in pursuing the compensation you are entitled to under the law. Your rights are not based on the type of machinery that led to your injuries, though the type, design, and maintenance of the machine may influence your case and compensation.
Dangerous Machine Accident Injuries
Machinery and equipment often lead to certain types of injuries, including but not limited to:
- Bone fractures
- Crushed limbs and appendages
- Mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries, including partial or full paralysis
- Electrical burns
Whether you suffered a minor, moderate, significant, or catastrophic injury because of dangerous machinery, contact our work injury attorneys. From injuries that lead to a few weeks off work to those that create permanent disability, we are here to help you receive the care, financial assistance, and compensation you are entitled to by law.
Your Possible Avenues for Recovering Compensation
If you were injured because of a dangerous machine at work, you may be entitled to seek financial assistance and compensation for your injuries. However, the road you take to obtain this compensation will depend on who is liable for your injuries and whether you are covered by workers’ compensation insurance. Outside of workers’ compensation, your most common route is a personal injury claim against the person who was negligent and caused your accident.
Worker’s Compensation Claims for Dangerous Machinery Accidents
Alabama law requires many employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance. There are a few exceptions for very small employers, domestic workers, and farm laborers, though. If you are covered by workers’ comp at the time you are injured in a work accident, then you will need to file a claim to obtain benefits, which include having your reasonable medical expenses covered, a portion of your lost wages, and maybe more.
To begin a claim, you must inform your employer or a supervisor of your injuries. The paperwork is your employer or insurer’s responsibility unless you are denied coverage. If your employer or insurer denies you any coverage or benefits you believe you are entitled to, contact our work injury lawyers right away. We will appeal this decision to Alabama’s Department of Labor.
If at any time you believe your employer or workers’ compensation insurance provider is not treating you properly, call the dangerous machinery injury lawyers at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. We are here to ensure you receive the benefits you are entitled to under the law, be that medical treatment, lost wages, or disability payments. We can also review whether your benefits have been calculated properly, and if not, seek an adjustment.
Personal Injury Claims for Dangerous Machinery Accidents
If you are not covered by workers’ compensation, or in addition to your workers’ comp benefits, you may have the right to pursue compensation through a personal injury claim. When you are not covered by workers’ compensation at all, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim against your employer or a third-party. If you do have workers’ comp, then you cannot sue your employer, yet you can sue a negligent third-party. If you are unsure as to whether you can sue, call us today. It is best to know your rights as soon as possible since a statute of limitations will eventually bar your claim. If you want too long, you could lose out on much-needed compensation.
To bring a personal injury claim against anyone you need evidence of negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct. Our Alabama personal injury lawyers can thoroughly investigate to gather evidence of this. We can then discuss who is liable for your injuries, the strength of your case, and what comes next.
During a personal injury claim, you can seek compensation for:
- Medical costs
- Lost income
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Loss of quality of life
Contact Our Alabama Work Injury Lawyers Today
If you were injured in a workplace accident because of a dangerous machine or piece of equipment, do not hesitate to call our Alabama work injury lawyers of Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. at 205-933-1500. We have more than 65 years of experience in representing injured workers. We are prepared to help you obtain compensation through workers’ compensation insurance, a personal injury insurance claim, or a personal injury lawsuit.
Whatever the route you need to take, we are here to aggressively fight for your right to compensation.