Dangerous & Defective Equipment Accidents
Injury by dangerous, defective or unsafe equipment is a tragically common occurrence in the workplace. While an injured worker may be entitled to workers' compensation and disability benefits, a third-party negligence claim may also be pursued in the wake of a serious or fatal accident involving dangerous or unsafe equipment.
The Boston work accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman are dedicated to fighting for the rights of injured workers and their families. We know what it takes to prove equipment defective, or show the type of negligence on the part of an employer that so often leads to serious or fatal injury in the workplace.
Each year, 1.2 million people are injured on the job. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports contact with objects and equipment continues to be among the events with the highest rates of injury in the United States.Defective Equipment Work Accidents in Massachusetts
Common causes of dangerous and defective equipment accidents include:
- Missing safety guards
- Improper training
- No access to proper safety equipment
- Unapproved use
- Defective equipment
- Poor maintenance
- Frantic pace
- Improper installation
- Lax safety measures
- Ignored risks
Whether dealing with heavy equipment on a job site or manufacturing equipment installed in a plant, these are complex cases. Accidents may involve the manufacturer, those responsible for installation, maintenance crews, supervisors, and co-workers. Conducting a thorough review often requires examining the fault of multiple parties against complex state and federal regulations.
Contacting an experienced law firm is vital as soon as possible after such accidents occur. Employers will often take steps to correct dangerous situations and OSHA will typically launch its own investigation. Contacting an experienced Massachusetts personal injury law firm can help preserve evidence and protect your rights throughout the process. Often in these cases, the employer will blame an employee for the events leading up to injury.
Having an experienced law firm at your side can also assist you in dealing with the doctors, hospitals and insurance companies. In many cases, the injuries are quite serious and the long-term prognosis is somewhat clear cut. This can include amputation injuries, crush injuries and loss of eyesight. But in other cases, including neck and back injuries, traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, the long-term prognosis is much more complicated. Your law firm must be able to build a case that takes into account potential future medical complications.
Too often, an injured employee will count on workers' compensation and count on his employer to do the right thing. By the time he realizes he is in well over his head in representing himself in a workers' compensation claim, permanent damage may have already been done to his ability to make a recovery.
If you are dealing with a serious or fatal work injury in Massachusetts, contact the Boston personal injury lawyers and wrongful death attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights.
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