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Los Angeles Machinery Accident Attorney

Workplace Machinery & Equipment Accidents

Although all workers face certain risks on the job, some are more susceptible to severe accidents and catastrophic injuries. Those who work with heavy machinery and other dangerous equipment tend to suffer significantly higher rates of injury and death than employees in other fields and lines of work.

Often, machinery accidents occur because employers fail to adhere to proper safety protocols; other times, these incidents happen when the equipment itself is defective. Regardless of the reason, injured employees are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits—and KJT Law Group can help.

Based in Los Angeles, our machinery accident attorneys represent victims of severe on-the-job accidents and work-related injuries. We understand the unique challenges you face in recovering fair benefits after a serious injury, and we know how to effectively advocate for the maximum amount you are owed. Our attorneys have a long record of success in complex workers’ compensation claims, and we are ready to fight tirelessly for you and your recovery.

Injured on the job? Contact KJT Law Group online or call our office at (818) 507-8525 today to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with one of our workers’ compensation lawyers.

Common Work-Related Machinery Accidents

Construction workers, industrial workers, agricultural workers, and others utilize heavy machinery, tools, and equipment every day on the job. Unfortunately, many of these workers become involved in serious accidents, often with catastrophic or even fatal consequences.

Some of the most common work-related machinery accidents include:
  • Accidental amputation/loss of limb
  • Machine entanglement
  • Being pinned by machine parts
  • Slipping, tripping, or falling when using machinery
  • Being caught between moving parts
  • Getting struck by falling objects/pieces of equipment
  • Structure collapses
  • Forklift, crane, and other vehicle accidents

These and other accidents often lead to devastating injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, severe broken bones, “crush” injuries, internal bleeding, spinal cord injuries, and more. As a result, victims typically require immediate emergency medical attention, as well as ongoing treatment and care. They may be unable to return to work temporarily, and they may even be permanently disabled or impaired.

At KJT Law Group, we understand how difficult it is for individual workers and their families to navigate the aftermath of a serious workplace accident or injury. Our workers’ compensation lawyers are here to guide you through the process and provide the personalized support and counsel you need.

Benefits for Injured Workers

Most California employees are covered by workers’ compensation insurance—but there are some exceptions. Independent contractors and certain other workers are not entitled to benefits. In general, however, anyone who works as an employee for an employer with at least one regular part-time, full-time, or seasonal worker, including undocumented immigrants, is covered.

Those involved in heavy machinery accidents on the job in California can seek workers’ compensation for the following:
  • All medical expenses associated with necessary and reasonable treatment and care
  • Wages lost due to partial or total temporary disability
  • Wages lost due to partial or total permanent disability, depending on the worker’s impairment rating
  • Job displacement and retraining costs (in certain circumstances)

In the event that a worker dies due to a machinery accident or equipment-related injury at work, his or her surviving spouse or dependents can seek death benefits through the California workers’ compensation system. These benefits are intended to make up for a portion of the dependents’ lost income due to the loss of their loved one, as well as compensate surviving family members for funeral and/or burial costs.

Get started with your free consultation today; call (818) 507-8525 or contact us online.

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When Can You File a Third-Party Work Injury Claim?

Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, meaning you can seek compensation after a work-related accident or injury without having to prove that your employer or any other party was at fault or otherwise liable for your injuries. In exchange, you typically cannot sue your employer, even if they were negligent or otherwise caused your injuries. In some cases, however, it may not only be possible but necessary to file a third-party work injury claim.

A third-party work injury claim is essentially a standard personal injury claim that is brought against a liable party after a work-related accident, injury, or death. Although you generally cannot sue your employer, you may be able to take legal action against another person or party at fault for the incident.

This often comes up in machinery accidents, particularly when the accident occurred due to an equipment defect. If a piece of machinery contained a design flaw, manufacturing defect, or was improperly labeled or marketed, you may be able to bring a product liability claim against the liable manufacturer, distributor, or other entity. Often, you may bring such a claim in addition to seeking workers’ compensation, allowing you greater access to a full and fair recovery.

Our Los Angeles machinery accident attorneys can review the details of your case and determine your best course of action. We are here to answer any questions you may have and advise you as to how to move forward. Every case is unique, and we never follow a cookie-cutter approach when it comes to these types of cases. Instead, we conduct exhaustive investigations and build personalized legal strategies tailored to the individual needs of each client.

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