Construction, warehouse and shipping operations, product manufacturing, as well as many other industries heavily rely on large, powerful machines to fulfill their functions. However, nearly 1,000 annual fatalities can be attributed to machinery, and defective machinery is one of the leading causes.
If you were injured or your loved one was killed due to these defective machines, a defective machinery attorney at Greenberg and Ruby can explain how you can claim compensation for your work injury and help you obtain the maximum compensation you're entitled to. Contact us and schedule a free case evaluation today.
Injuries Caused By Defective Machinery
Common injuries experienced by people working with machinery include:
- Moderate or Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Broken bones
- Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Torn ligaments
- Smoke inhalation
- Vision or hearing loss
- Disfiguring lacerations
In some of the above situations, it may make sense to sue your employer. This is another reason why it is very important to have an experienced attorney evaluate your situation.
Who Is Responsible For The Injury?
When you're injured while using heavy machinery on the job, you will likely be able to file for workers' compensation benefits, but this is only one way to take advantage of your rights after a work injury. This will cover medical care and part of the income you lose being unable to work.
However, if a defect in the equipment is what caused your injuries, you may be able to pursue a third-party liability claim for the defective product, against the designer, manufacturer, installer, or seller. In Los Angeles, injured workers can file a defective machinery lawsuit if there is a:
The product is inherently unsafe to use for its intended purpose, as there is a flaw in its original blueprint.
An error in the machinery's assembly causes it to be dangerous when used for its intended purpose.
Failure To Warn
The manufacturer of dangerous machinery must inform of potential risks, for instance, by providing warning labels or safety instructions.
A successful work injury claim can help you obtain compensation for the damages that workers' compensation benefits do not cover. You may be able to recover, for example, payment for the portion of lost income and medical expenses that aren't covered. Additionally, you may seek a financial award for your pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, and loss of quality of life.
Common Machinery Defects
Just as the type of machinery used in a workplace can greatly vary, as can the ways in which that equipment or machinery may be defective. Some of the common defects that often result in severe injuries and settlements include:
- Improper Safety Guards or Shielding: One of the most common ways that a worker can be hurt is by a product that is lacking safety guards or shielding.
- Defective Kill Switch: Dangerous machinery should have what's known as a kill switch, which is designed to shut down the machine as quickly as possible. A worker can get a limb or another body part caught in a machine if a shut-off switch doesn't operate properly.
- Defective Electrical Wiring or Grounding: An electrocution can happen if the machine's wiring is defective or if it isn't properly grounded.
- Improper or Inadequate Warnings: Workers can become injured if there are no warning labels regarding potential dangers.
Speak To Our Los Angeles Defective Machinery Injury Lawyers
If an accident with a defective machine has caused you or a loved one to suffer a serious injury, a high-quality attorney can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact the caring, proven work injury attorneys at Greenberg and Ruby today to have your case evaluated for free.