Our clients often ask us whether they need to hire an attorney after suffering injuries from heavy machinery accidents. The simple answer is a resounding yes – no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Heavy equipment injuries are among the most complicated legal proceedings to navigate. Not to mention that they cause some of the most devastating injuries.
The most common ones include:
- Traumatic brain injury.
- Broken limbs.
Most injured workers are unsure whether workers’ compensation will even cover their medical expenses and lost wages. Not to mention entitlement to additional compensation.
Determining the fair amount of compensation is difficult, as well as identifying the responsible party for your incident.
You’ll need an attorney not just to understand your rights, but also to make sure you and your family get fair compensation for all your suffering.
Let’s take a look at what you can expect from workers’ compensation, first and foremost.
Will Workers’ Compensation Cover My Injury?
Most industrial workers operate in long shifts with heavy machinery. These factors increase the odds of an injury. Even a minor error is enough to cause a disaster. This is the reason why employers are required to offer workers’ compensation insurance.
Workers’ comp is fundamentally a no-fault insurance policy, offering injured employees benefits, regardless of the responsible party. The catch with workers’ comp is that it prohibits you from suing pressing charges against your employer.
Unfortunately, workers’ compensation won’t always cover your needs after a heavy equipment injury. You might receive support for lost wages, medical expenses, and partial or permanent disability. However, workers’ comp settlements are much lower than what you’d get from a personal or third-party injury claim.
Do I Need an Attorney for My Heavy Equipment Injury?
If you suffered a heavy equipment accident in your workplace, your injuries are most likely severe. You’re probably in great pain, and unsure whether you have a valid claim, or need to go through workers’ compensation for your settlement.
To make the best decisions during these trying times, you’ll need an experienced attorney by your side. Your attorney can analyze your accident’s circumstances, injury, and extent of the compensation you deserve. Afterward, we’ll determine the best course of legal action, to make sure you get a fair settlement for your injury.
Once you’ve been injured, the involved insurance companies will attempt to minimize their liability as much as possible. So you’ll need the wits of an experienced attorney by your side to balance the playing field.
Your attorney will help you understand the value of your claim, help file your legal claim, prepare you for upcoming hearings, and most importantly, obtain a fair settlement so you can get your life back on track.
Certain incidents enable you to collect workers’ comp and file a third-party lawsuit simultaneously. Unfortunately, injured workers often face difficulties in receiving the settlement they are legally entitled to. A dedicated experienced legal team will help pursue the best legal path, and pursue a fair settlement.
If you’ve been injured at work and are having trouble with your claim then give us a call. We understand the long-lasting effects of heavy equipment injuries on workers and their families, and our attorneys will be happy to fight on your side.