Workers across South Florida use heavy machinery on construction sites every day. This machinery can weigh thousands of pounds, and can put workers’ and pedestrians’ lives at risk if an accident were to occur. If a heavy machinery injury has caused you to miss work, you may find yourself drowning in medical bills and unable to make ends meet.
A Fort Lauderdale heavy machinery accident and injury lawyer at Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L. can help you recover fair compensation for your losses. Call today: 954-524-2820.
Many workplaces use heavy machinery. Commonly used heavy machinery includes:
Some of the most common types of heavy equipment accidents include:
Numerous injuries can occur in heavy machinery workplace accidents, including:
Many of these injuries and health issues require extensive surgeries, long-term hospital stays, at-home care, and physical therapy.
Workers and pedestrians may recover damages in an accident involving heavy equipment. Workers may receive workers’ compensation from their employers, but both workers and non-workers may be eligible to file claims against negligent third parties.
An employee who is injured or becomes disabled while on-the-job will likely be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits. Employees will receive benefits to cover medical care, permanent injuries, replacement income, and costs for retraining. Families who have lost a loved one in a workplace accident will also be eligible for benefits.
However, there are some negatives to workers’ compensation. First, receiving workers’ compensation benefits prohibits you from filing suit against your employer. Also, workers’ compensation does not take your pain and suffering or any emotional trauma in account.
Fortunately, depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may be eligible to file a third-party claim to recover more fully.
In Florida, both employees and pedestrians may file suit against third parties they feel are responsible for their injuries. They must do so within four years of the injury.
As we stated above, employees cannot file against their employers; however, they can file a claim against a separate third party. Bystanders, such as pedestrians or drivers, injured in heavy machinery accidents may file suit against anyone responsible for the accident. These potentially responsible parties may include:
To have a valid claim, you must be able to prove the party at-fault was negligent. Proving negligence requires establishing:
Our team has years of experience representing clients against all types of defendants on construction sites. We will examine your accident, determine liability, collect the necessary evidence, and negotiate a fair settlement for your injuries.
If you can prove negligence, you can recover damages from the liable party(s). Damages might include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other economic and non-economic damages. This will allow you to focus on your physical and mental recovery rather than how you will be able to make ends meet.
Recovering from a heavy machinery accident is rarely ever easy. Many accident victims require the use of their whole body to do their job. Thus, they might miss work for months or not be able to go back at all, making it impossible to pay their bills.
And while they are better than nothing, workers’ compensation benefits often barely make a dent in an injured worker’s expenses. Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L. can help you gather the evidence you need to build a strong case against the parties responsible for your injuries.
With the assistance of a qualified attorney, you can recover additional damages and get on the path to recovery. Call 954-524-2820 today to schedule a free consultation.