Large Equipment and Machine AccidentsSeptember 26, 2019
In the construction, agriculture, manufacturing, and trucking industries, large equipment and machinery are necessary to complete certain types of jobs. Without the use of forklifts, cranes, excavators, and trenchers, workers would not be able to lift, dig, or transport heavy objects or material from one place to another. While these machines make certain tasks easier, they can also expose workers to serious workplace accidents that often result in severe injuries and fatalities. Depending on the nature of the injury, the injured worker may miss days, weeks, or months of work. In some cases, the injury may cause a permanent disability. Workers’ Compensation benefits can provide financial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and disability.
Types of Machinery Accidents
Due to the large size of certain types of equipment, accidents involving these machines can be very serious. The following are common accidents that can occur when workers operate or work in the vicinity of large machines:
- Backing up accidents
- Blind spot accidents
- Collisions with other equipment or machinery
- Falling or flying objects
- Machine entanglement
- Pinned between equipment and object
- Vehicle collisions
Oftentimes, these accidents occur because employees were not properly trained on how to operate the machine, or on the appropriate safety protocols that must be followed when using the machine. Certain types of large machines even require specific education and licenses. Other times, workers are simply careless when operating a machine. They take short cuts, thinking it will save time, but it puts other workers at risk of being seriously hurt.
Types of Machine-Related Injuries
Accidents involving large, heavy machinery tend to be quite serious, due to the size and weight of the machinery. The following are examples of injuries caused by machine accidents:
- Bones fractures
- Digit or limb amputation
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Workers should notify their employer about the injury as soon as possible and fill out a Workers’ Compensation claim. An experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer will help injured workers navigate the claims process and address any questions and concerns they might have. They will secure the financial benefits that they are entitled to, including medical benefits, lost wages, and disability benefits based on the nature of the injury. If the injury was fatal, Workers’ Compensation lawyers will ensure that the surviving family members receive death benefits, which will help supplement the family’s income after the tragic loss. Death benefits will also cover the cost of the deceased’s funeral. A Workers’ Compensation lawyer will address all questions and concerns and ensure that the injured worker’s rights are always protected.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Seek Maximum Benefits for Victims of Machine Accidents
If you were seriously injured in a machine accident at work, you are urged to contact the Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We understand how devastating these injuries can be, particularly when they prevent you from returning to work. We will walk you through the claims process and ensure that you receive the full financial benefits that you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online. Located in Baltimore, we serve clients throughout Maryland.