Heavy Equipment/Machinery Accidents
The vast majority of construction sites utilize heavy equipment as part of day-to-day job activities. In fact, as of 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that approximately 409,700 workers operated heavy machinery as the main element of their position (e.g. operating engineers and other construction equipment operators, pile-driver operators, and operators of equipment used for paving, surfacing, and tamping). Unfortunately, the BLS also states that construction equipment operators have a higher rate of injuries and illnesses than the national average, whether from repetitive stress, continuous jolting/shaking of equipment, or failure to adhere to safety guidelines and/or operating procedures.
The Center for Construction Research and Training reports that between 1992 and 2010 there was an average of 404 deaths related to vehicles/mobile heavy equipment on an annual basis.
Injuries due to heavy equipment accidents can lead to more than just physical issues that need medical treatment. Workers who have been injured in heavy equipment accidents on the job may be subject to a variety of legal challenges, difficulty maintaining a household due to lost wages from being out of work, eventual unemployment and loss of livelihood due to being completely unable to return to work, numerous insurance company dealings, and/or complications with the payment of medical bills and physical therapies for serious heavy equipment-related injuries such as:
- Back Injuries
- Paralysis (sometimes permanent)
- Burn Injuries
- Skull Fractures
- Internal Injuries
- …and more.
Whatever the case, an injured construction worker (or his/her loved ones) may be entitled to significant compensation for the damages suffered as a result of a heavy equipment accident. Unfortunately, he or she may face major challenges in achieving that goal without the help of a seasoned attorney who can help not only define the party at fault in the accident, but also identify how the injured party can either be compensated for irreversible damages, and/or begin to recoup the financial resources they've lost by no fault of their own.
Since 1977, Mr. Cunningham has been representing Florida individuals who have suffered serious injuries due to heavy equipment. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious ladder accident injury, please call 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.
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