Hurt or Lose a Loved One in an Industrial Accident?
Philadelphia Industrial Accident Lawyer Explains Common Causes and Legal Options
Factories, warehouses and other industrial workplaces are unique, since employees work with and around specialized heavy machinery every day. This machinery can be dangerous, as without proper employee training and regular maintenance, a serious accident may result. Industrial accidents, including machinery malfunctions and explosions, can cause devastating injuries and wrongful death. While workers compensation may provide some benefits for injured workers, this alone will not cover the cost of everything you have lost. However, in many cases you may be able to file a third party claim against other liable parties, such as the machinery manufacturer or maintenance company as well as other contractors or subcontractors. This can allow you to maximize your recovery, helping to ensure that you get compensation for all of your expenses, past and future.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an industrial accident, then the attorneys at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., can help you explore your legal options. Even if you already receive workers compensation, you may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against another party. An industrial accident lawyer from our firm can investigate the cause of your injuries to find all possible responsible parties. We can then represent your interests in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
What are Common Types of Industrial Accidents?
Industrial accidents frequently, but not always, involve heavy machinery, which can be incredibly dangerous due to defects in design, lack of maintenance and incorrect use. Some common types of industrial accidents include:
- Conveyor belt accidents. Defective, damaged or poorly serviced conveyor belts can cause amputations and other injuries if a worker becomes entangled. Additionally, items falling from a raised conveyor can cause serious injuries, including brain injuries, to those below.
- Industrial explosions and fires. Lack of routine maintenance on boilers, heaters and other machinery can result in an explosion or fire. Many industrial workplaces also produce combustible dust, which dramatically increases the risk of fast-spreading fires and explosions if not removed in a timely manner.
- Forklift accidents. Poorly trained drivers of forklifts can cause serious accidents to other employees, including crush injuries and wrongful death. Employees may also sustain injuries from objects falling from a forklift.
- Scissor lift accidents. Scissor lifts may pose a risk if they become unbalanced and fall, causing injuries to those in the lift as well as those on the ground. Additionally, workers may be in danger of electrocution from overhead power lines due to poor operation.
- Slitter machine accidents. Machines that cut steel and roll steel can be extremely hazardous without proper guardrails and maintenance. Workers may become caught in the machine, potentially leading to loss of limb and/or wrongful death.
These industrial accidents are almost always fully preventable when employers, workers and all other parties follow the safety procedures and regulations set out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). However, negligent machine manufacturers and industrial companies often put profits ahead of worker safety, causing serious and potentially fatal accidents.
Can I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit After an Industrial Accident?
After an industrial accident, workers compensation pays benefits for employees who sustained injuries on the job, regardless of fault. While employers are generally protected from personal injury lawsuits in exchange for providing workers compensation, third parties are not. A third party may be anyone, whether a company or individual, who does not work for your employer.
Third parties who may be responsible for causing injuries in industrial accidents may include:
- Manufacturers of industrial equipment such as presses, cutters and conveyors. If product defects in an industrial machine cause an accident, then the manufacturing company is typically liable for the damages.
- Manufactures of dangerous chemicals involved in spills or explosions. Hazardous materials must be stored and shipped safely. When a manufacturing company creates a dangerous situation by ignoring or neglecting regulations, then that company may be legally responsible for any accidents that result.
- Vendors or subcontractors whose negligence at your plant or workplace causes an accident.
Identifying third parties who may be liable for your work injury or loved one’s wrongful death is often difficult. However, our Philadelphia industrial accident attorneys can explore all possibilities to find every responsible party. Our legal team has experience with these types of claims, and we have the resources necessary to perform an in-depth investigation. If someone other than your employer caused your injuries, then we can assist you in filing a third party claim.
More Questions? Call a Philadelphia Industrial Accident Lawyer Today
Industrial accidents are rarely minor, and usually result in catastrophic injuries and wrongful death as well as widespread damage. While workers compensation should provide some financial relief for work injury victims, it is rarely enough to cover all past and future expenses. The experienced industrial accident attorneys at our law firm can investigate to find other avenues of recovery, such as a third party claim.
If you have questions or need assistance after an industrial accident, then contact our law firm today. We serve clients nationwide from our offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Cherry Hill, New Jersey. We offer free initial consultations and contingency fee agreements. You will not have to pay us unless we get results for you.