Many individuals earn their living using big machines like forklifts, machine presses, and assembly line equipment. While these machines are great for productivity, they are also extremely hazardous for anyone to operate. However, no matter how careful workers are, they still can suffer from severe or even fatal injuries. Unfortunately, in some cases, these injuries could have been avoided if the machinery was not defective in the first place. If you or someone you know has been injured or has lost their life due to faulty machinery, we want to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
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How Do Big Machine Injuries Occur?
Operating heavy equipment, machinery, and specialized tools are essential in industrial work settings. However, with these complicated machines, a lot can go wrong if they are not working correctly. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, every year numerous workplace injuries and deaths occur as a direct cause of faulty machinery. Some of the most common machine-related injuries include but are not limited to the following:
- Crush injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Loss of limbs/amputation
- Electric shock/electrocution
- Burns caused by explosions and fires
- Getting caught between two or more objects
But what exactly causes these injuries? While many different factors can come into play when it comes to machinery accidents. The most common defects that can cause an injury include a lack of machine guarding, unsafe standing/operating areas, sharp edges or components, insufficient emergency stop mechanisms, an absence of redundant safety devices, and exposure to harmful substances.
Who Is Liable for the Defective Machinery?
When determining liability for your injuries, which is one of the first and most essential steps in a product liability investigation, you and your attorney can determine who is responsible, the specific facts of the accident, and the root cause of how it happened. Typically for a big machine accident case, those held liable for your injuries include, but are not limited to the following:
Manufacturers, distributors, or retailers: Those who have introduced and allowed the machinery in question into the stream of commerce. This can include the product manufacturer, a distributor, or the wholesaler of defective industrial machines.
Part manufacturers/distributors: Industrial product claims can also be brought against part manufacturers and their distributors, as long as the part in question played a substantial role in causing the injury.
Successor companies: Under the Product Line Exception theory of liability, if a machine is responsible for an injury that was previously produced by a now-defunct business, which is now being produced by another entity, the victim may be able to bring their claims against the "successor company."
Rental and repair services: Retailers of used equipment, companies that rent machinery, or third-party maintenance or repair services may be liable for a victim's damages.
Can I Receive Compensation for My Injuries?
While many victims of big machinery injuries receive compensation, the value of your case relies on a few key factors: the circumstances of your accident, the severity of your injuries, and limits on insurance coverage, among other things. However, the primary driver behind every case value is how much the plaintiff is eligible to receive in the damages, including past and future medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.
A Defective Product Attorney Can Help You
When you hire one of our defective product attorneys, you can vastly increase your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve for your injuries. For over 30 years, our attorneys at Morgan & Morgan have been getting victims just like you get the justice they deserve for their injury cases. When you decide to work with our attorneys, they will get straight to work on your injury case. After reviewing your initial case information, in order to ensure you are getting the proper compensation you need for your injuries, your attorney and legal team will gather and review any documentation that could be relevant to your case. This documentation can include but is not limited to:
- Your medical records
- Police reports
- Insurance policy information
- Medical bills
Your attorney will then work with medical professionals and other experts to establish a strong claim for your injury case. Your attorney will also alert the defendant's legal team that Morgan & Morgan is representing you. Next, your legal team will attempt to reach out to the defendant's legal team to try and settle your case outside of court. However, if your case negotiations prove to be unsuccessful, your attorney will be more than prepared to represent you inside the courtroom.
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If you have been injured by a defective big machine or due to product negligence, don’t wait! For more information on how our defective product attorneys can help you with your recall case, please complete our free no-obligation case evaluation form today.
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