Heavy Machinery Accidents
Consult with Our Austin Personal Injury Attorneys
Heavy equipment and specialized machinery used on
construction sites and by certain industries poses a serious threat of harm to employees
when maintenance and training are not conducted properly. Any injuries
may ultimately become the responsibility of the employer or site controller.
The damages needed to treat those injuries, therefore, would also be expected
from the negligent party that caused the heavy machinery accident.
If you or someone you love was injured due to defective or dangerous heavy
equipment, it is important for your recovery that you explore all your
legal options in pursuit of compensation and resources.
Workers’ compensation benefits alone may not be sufficient to cover the full extent of your injuries
and damages. You may instead want to explore other options and file a
personal injury claim.
Need personal injury claim help in Texas? Our Austin personal injury lawyers
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Causes of Heavy Machinery Accidents & Injuries
Understanding what actually caused your heavy machinery accident is the
first step in creating your claim. With the hectic nature of the average
worksite, it might be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause. It is important
to collect as much evidence as you can. Our Austin construction accident
attorneys are also well-versed in complicated discovery processes, and
it may be possible for us to also identify useful sources of evidence.
Evidence that could prove useful in your case includes:
Coworker testimonies: The people around you at the time of your accident may prove to be the
most reliable source of information. Ask them to write down what they
saw and whether they know anything about the machine or equipment involved,
such as if it is prone to defects or unpredictable functions.
Closed-circuit television footage: Many industrial jobsites have security cameras to prevent theft or loitering.
This same footage might have captured the events that led up to your accident.
It is important to let our attorneys know right away if you think a security
camera was nearby, as some dishonest employers may try to destroy evidence
of their negligence quickly. We can file for a court motion to preserve
the camera footage for use later.
Safety records: Your employer should keep a detailed record of safety inspections and
known violations. Using this information, we may be able to show a tendency
of negligence on part of supervisors or maintenance crews.
Machinery inspection history: Just as overall safety records at your place of employment are useful,
the inspection records of the particular machine that hurt you will be
a great source of information. You may be surprised to find that many
heavy pieces of equipment on construction and industrial sites receive
little to no necessary maintenance.
Medical diagnoses: The opinion of your physician will be one that the court trusts and wants
to hear. Make certain you receive a medical diagnosis from your doctor
as soon as possible after your heavy machinery accident. If you wait too long, it could become
suspicious and harm the validity of your claim.
When we have the evidence we need, we can begin correlated it to your type
of heavy machinery accident to put the picture together. In the end, we
want to find the cause without shifting any liability to you.
Many heavy equipment accidents are caused by:
- Failure to maintain heavy machinery
- Improper loading of materials
- Inadequate machine operator training
- Prevalent dangerous conditions on a worksite
Injuries Caused by Heavy Machinery Accidents
A defective or inherently dangerous piece of heavy equipment can cause
catastrophic injuries in the blink of an eye. Employees must be given the right training and
safety gear to protect themselves from harm. If an oversight puts someone
in peril, the results could permanent and severe injuries.
People who are hurt in a heavy machinery accident could suffer:
Our comprehensive and detailed approach to personal injury cases allows
our Austin construction accident attorneys to successfully represent our
clients in the face of any sized opposition. Managing claims that involved
cranes, excavators, bulldozers, forklifts, dump trumps, and more has become second-nature
to our team, as we routinely handle claims involving the most serious
of circumstances. Call
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