Written by attorney Alex Leon Sarkisian

Injuries Caused by Machine Accidents

Machinery plays a vital role in all manufacturing. When workers are injured or killed in a machine accident they may be legally entitled to compensation for damages incurred as a result of their catastrophic injury.

All American workers have the right to a safe workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 were passed with the goal to prevent workers from being seriously injured or killed at work. This law requires employers to provide their employees with working conditions that are free from known dangers. The Act went on to create the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which sets workplace safety standards and actively enforces them.

During the industrial age, thousands of workers were seriously injured and killed by machine accidents. Today, workers are protected by the OCSHA standards and regulations in the event that they are seriously injured. Although most employers and manufacturers do their best to follow proper safety protocol, machine accidents are inevitable. Construction sites, manufacturing plants and farms can be fast paced environments. Improperly maintained equipment, defective machinery or simple errors by fellow co-workers can cause machine accidents, and subsequently serious injuries.

When a worker is injured by poorly maintained equipment, defective machinery, or malfunctioning machine parts as a result of an OSHA violation or other negligence on the part of their employer, subcontractors or manufacturers, they may be legally entitled to compensation in a workers’ compensation claim and/or a third party claim.

Unfortunately machine accidents can be very devastating for the worker. It is not uncommon for a worker to have their finger or their hand entirely severed. Or, in the case of farming equipment, the worker can lose an arm or a leg. Life after a machine accident can be forever changed for the worse. Many machine-related accidents often leave the worker with catastrophic, debilitating injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, amputations, crushed bones and in worse cases death. In the cases of a fatality, the surviving family members may have grounds for a wrongful death claim.

Many machine accidents involve the following equipment: lathes, cranes, presses, mixers, grinders, forklifts, tractors, back hoes and lasers. In claims relating to machine accidents, it’s extremely important to have a personal injury attorney who is familiar with machine accident cases. They will be able to determine the appropriate damages and the maximum compensation that you are entitled to. You will need a knowledgeable lawyer who can accurately assess your situation and project what kinds of losses you should anticipate over the life of your injury. A successful claim will be supported by medical expert testimony about your injury, and the detrimental effects it will have on your ability to live your life. You are urged to contact a personal injury attorney to further discuss your claim today!

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