West Law Firm Auto Accident and Personal Injury Attorneys has the experience and resources to represent you if you are hurt at work. Call our Moncks Corner machinery accident lawyers for a consultation about your case at 843-483-8630.
Machinery accidents can be devastating. Certain industries are inherently dangerous, requiring the use of heavy equipment. If you have been injured on the job, our Moncks Corner machinery accident lawyers can help.
Compensation for Machinery Accident Victims
If you are hurt in a machinery accident on the job, you may deserve compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation, lost income and permanent disability. The experienced lawyers at our firm represent people in claiming their benefits.
It is our goal to set a higher standard for legal services in Moncks Corner and the Lowcountry. We stand up for people who are hurt at work. It is our goal for you to receive the compensation you deserve through workers’ compensation when you are hurt in a machinery accident.
See what your case may be worth and how to get your benefits. Call 843-483-8630 and ask for your consultation today.
Industries where machinery accidents are common
Some industries that frequently see machinery accidents are:
- Farming and agriculture
- Oil and gas
- Construction industry
- Road and utility workers
- Airport and marine
- Food production
In South Carolina, employers must have workers’ compensation if they have four or more employees. Even part-time workers count. Regardless of your industry, if you are hurt in the use of heavy machinery, there is a good chance workers’ compensation is available for your situation.
Types of Heavy Machinery Accidents on the Job
Because of their large size, any accident involving heavy machinery has the potential to produce catastrophic injury. Here are some types of accidents that can produce injury:
- Run over accidents
- Crushing and collapse
- Pinned between objects, machines, and walls
- Dragging and pulling
- Falling objects
- Falling off a machine from an elevated height
- Something flying off the machine or being discharged
- Injury when entering or exiting the machine
- Malfunction that causes electric shock or electrocution
Underlying these accidents may be poor maintenance, inadequate training, a lack of safety protocols, failure to communicate, and poor hiring practices. Injuries may be severe including brain trauma, skull fracture, broken bones, spinal cord trauma and paralysis, amputations, burns and even fatalities. Workers who are hurt are impacted significantly with lost work and injuries that are debilitating to their life and career.
But there is something you can do. You can seek workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits are meant to give you access to financial relief and medical care even if your employer was not at fault for the accident.
Note: If there is a third party who was negligent, reckless, or intentional in actions leading to the accident, we can help you explore bringing a personal injury claim. Our lawyers explore all the options and things to consider when determining how to proceed.
How can you get benefits for a machinery accident at work?
Getting benefits for a machinery accident at work involves showing that you were hurt on the job. It’s your burden to show by a preponderance of the evidence that you were hurt at work or in the course of your employment. To receive benefits, you may not have hurt yourself on purpose, been intoxicated or committed fraud that resulted in the injury.
To get your benefits, you must report your injury to your employer. Make the report to a supervisor or manager, and not just to another co-worker. It’s always best to make the report as soon as possible. A report later than 90 days from the accident may disqualify you from claiming benefits.
To file a claim, you submit Form 50 for workplace injury or Form 52 for workplace death. There is a two-year deadline to file for benefits.
What benefits can I get for a machinery accident at work?
Benefits you may qualify to receive for a machinery accident at work are:
- Emergency medical care
- Evaluation and treatment by your employer’s authorized medical provider
- Lost wages
- Light duty work if appropriate
- Permanent disability
The amounts you receive in compensation are based on your average weekly wages from before your injury.
Do I need a workers’ compensation hearing?
There are a few reasons that it may be appropriate to have a workers’ compensation hearing, including:
- Your benefits have been outright denied or not processed
- There is a dispute about a pre-existing condition
- Wage payments or permanent disability has been improperly calculated
- The employer’s representative will not allow you to change doctors
- There is a dispute over whether you qualify for light duty
- You have not been able to reach a settlement of your claim
Our lawyers help you identify the legal issues and build your case. Medical evidence is typically required. We build it using records, expert medical professionals and explanations to help commissioners understand your situation. Employment records may be required. We help you gather them. Our lawyers are your representatives throughout the case as we work for compensation for your machinery accident injuries.
Experienced Representation. Honest Advice. Real Results.
For generations, families have relied on us to meet their legal needs. Opening our doors in 1945, we have deep roots in the Lowcountry. We know how important it is to have an experienced professional on your side when you’re hurt in an accident.
Through the years, we have helped many victims. We want you to have skilled legal representation that gets results. West Law Firm Auto Accident and Personal Injury Attorneys is a reputable law firm with a team of highly accomplished professionals to serve you. We handle machinery accident claims with the goal of fully pursuing your rights.
Consultations Available – Taking New Cases
Let’s talk about your legal options. See what your case may be worth and what to expect in the claims process. Meet with our legal team for a free consultation.
Being the victim of a machinery accident isn’t easy. Unfortunately, getting compensation isn’t always easy, either. But you can have our experienced Moncks Corner machinery accident lawyers with you throughout the case.