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Work-Related Machine And Equipment Injuries

Certain jobs carry certain levels of risk. Job sites and workplaces that have heavy machinery and equipment require more vigilance in ensuring safety. Operators must be properly trained and, in some cases, certified in using the equipment. Yet, despite in-depth training by employers and precautions taken by workers, accidents happen that lead to serious injuries.

Skibiel Law has protected the rights of hardworking Jonesboro and Atlanta residents injured on the job. For 25 years, our founder has combined experience and legal knowledge in workers’ compensation claims with dedication and diligence in maximizing compensation.

Pursuing Maximum Compensation When Injuries And Death Occur On The Job

Specific work-related accidents have been caused by:

  • Operator error
  • Improper training
  • Defective heavy machinery and equipment
  • Lack of heavy equipment and machinery maintenance or inspection
  • Collisions, specifically those involving forklifts
  • Improper loading
  • Dangerous or poor weather conditions at a work site

Construction sites, industrial environments and warehouses are often the scenes for a wide range of broken bones, back and neck injuries, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Fatalities have also occurred, leaving family members without a loved one who is also their primary wage earner.

As part of his practice in pursuing maximum workers’ compensation benefits for Georgia residents, attorney Mark A. Skibiel conducts in-depth investigations as to the cause of the accident. Many cases uncover negligence involving design and manufacturing defects in cranes, forklifts, excavators and bulldozers. In these cases, we pursue not only workers’ comp benefits, but also third-party personal injury claims.

Frequently Asked Questions On Workplace Accidents And Machine Equipment Injuries

Workplace accidents involving machines and equipment can have serious consequences, ranging from minor injuries to fatalities. Workers’ compensation is a vital resource for employees injured on the job, providing various benefits. However, distinguishing between workers’ compensation and personal injury lawsuits is essential, as they entail different processes and outcomes. Here are the common questions we receive:

What types of benefits are available through workers’ compensation for machine-related injuries?

Workers’ compensation covers medical expenses related to on-the-job injuries, including hospital bills, medication costs and vocational rehabilitation. It may also provide compensation for lost wages during the recovery period or in cases of permanent disability. In the event of death, workers’ compensation can pay death benefits to the deceased employee’s dependents.

What is the difference between workers’ compensation and a personal injury lawsuit?

Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, so employees can receive benefits regardless of who caused the accident at the workplace. On the other hand, personal injury lawsuits involve proving fault or negligence by the responsible party.

However, workers’ compensation provides limited benefits, such as medical expenses and lost wages. A personal injury lawsuit, by comparison, may allow the injured party to seek compensation for pain and suffering, punitive damages and other losses beyond what workers’ comp will cover.

Are there specific safety regulations that employers must follow to prevent machine and equipment injuries?

Yes. Employers must comply with safety regulations set by agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). These regulations include:

  • Providing adequate training for employees operating machinery
  • Ensuring proper maintenance and inspection of equipment
  • Implementing safety guards and protocols
  • Conducting regular risk assessments to identify and mitigate potential hazards

Failure to adhere to these regulations can result in penalties for the employer and increased risks for employees.

Contact A Georgia Work-Related Machine And Equipment Injuries Lawyer

To schedule a free initial consultation, fill out our contact form or call Skibiel Law locally at 770-400-0963 or toll-free at 770-968-3554.

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