What’s Covered Under Workers’ Comp?
Workers’ compensation benefits only cover basic economic expenses, but not noneconomic damages like pain and suffering or loss of quality of life. The process for filing a claim is also more complicated than most injured workers expect. Claims are frequently denied even for minor errors, and insurance companies look for any reason to issue a denial. However, a skilled work injury lawyer can help guide you through the process.
Accidents involving defective machinery are often catastrophic and involve expenses beyond medical bills and lost wages.. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in one of these accidents, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help your family recover compensation for additional damages outside of workers’ comp.
Examples Of Defective Machinery
Construction sites, factories, farms, warehouses, and other industrial workplaces are known for the use of heavy machinery. Defective safety gear and tools can also lead to debilitating work injuries.
Pieces of equipment which could cause serious injuries when defective or malfunctioning include:
- Powered industrial trucks
- Nail guns
- Power tools
- Conveyor belts
- Farming equipment
In March 2017, a Michigan man filed a wrongful death lawsuit after his wife was killed by a malfunctioning robot while working in a factory. The suit alleges negligence on the part of those who designed, built, tested, and monitored the robots.
Do I Have A Case For A Lawsuit?
In the immediate aftermath of a work injury, it may not be clear how the injury was caused. While it may occasionally be obvious that malfunctioning machinery caused an accident, it’s often necessary to conduct a thorough investigation to determine the root cause. At Banville Law, our knowledgeable work injury team has the necessary resources for investigating the causes of work accidents. We can help identify negligent parties and we know how to hold them accountable.
In a product liability lawsuit, you could recover financial compensation for the following damages:
- Medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
If you’ve lost a loved one in a tragic work accident involving defective machinery, you could have grounds for a wrongful death claim. While a lawsuit may not alleviate the pain of losing someone close to you, it can demand accountability from product manufacturers and potentially save other lives. Taking legal action may prevent another family from undergoing a similar tragedy.