I Was Injured By Heavy Machinery While Working Construction – What Are My Rights?

If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a construction accident involving heavy machinery, it’s important to be aware of your options for financial compensation. Our construction injury lawyers can help.

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Construction sites in New York City and throughout the country all rely on various pieces of heavy machinery to complete jobs efficiently. These powerful machines make our large-scale construction projects possible, but it’s important to respect the dangers of heavy machinery.

Workers who operate these machines need to be properly trained and must consistently follow safety rules in order to protect themselves and others. It’s also crucial to make sure that heavy machinery is regularly inspected and maintained for safe use. Even though the dangers of these types of equipment are well-known, countless construction workers are still injured in accidents involving heavy machinery each year.

Common Heavy Machinery Accidents

Common Heavy Machinery Accidents

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According to a report by the Center to Protect Workers’ Rights, contact with objects and equipment is the third leading cause of death in the construction industry. Some of the most common forms of heavy machinery accidents include:

  • Rollovers
  • Struck by heavy equipment, trucks, or equipment loads
  • Struck by flying objects
  • Body parts caught inside moving pieces of machinery
  • Struck or crushed by a collapsing structure

If you were injured in an accident caused by a negligent third party on your construction site (such as an independent contractor), our New York City personal injury lawyers can help you seek financial compensation outside of workers’ comp.

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What Are Some Common Causes Of Heavy Equipment Accidents?

Accidents involving heavy machinery don’t happen randomly. In most cases, these accidents occur either due to human error or because a piece of equipment was defective or malfunctioned in some way. It’s important for construction site managers to make sure everyone is properly trained in heavy equipment safety procedures, and that all pieces of machinery are operating safely.

Some of the most common causes of these accidents include:

  • Inadequate training for machine operators
  • Lack of regular machine maintenance
  • Violations of safety protocol
  • Design and manufacturing defects in machinery

According to a study by The Center For Construction Research and Training, heavy equipment is responsible for about 404 fatal construction accidents each year. With the dangers of unsafe heavy equipment use so well-known, there is no excuse for anyone on a construction site to disregard the accepted safety practices while using this type of machinery.

Pieces Of Heavy Machinery Frequently Involved In Accidents

Our lawyers have represented construction workers who have been injured by a wide variety of heavy equipment. We frequently see cases involving:

  • Forklifts
  • Cranes
  • Bulldozers
  • Cherry pickers
  • Excavators
  • Dump trucks
  • Mixers
  • Scrapers
  • Backhoes

Regardless of which piece of machinery was involved in your accident, you could be eligible for one or more forms of financial compensation for damages related to your injuries.

Am I Covered Under Workers’ Compensation?

Yes – all employees in the state of New York are covered by workers’ compensation. However, these benefits are limited to a portion of your lost wages and coverage of your medical expenses. These benefits often fail to account for other damages related to a construction injury – including pain, suffering, loss of quality of life, and other personal and financial difficulties.

Can I File A Personal Injury Lawsuit For A Construction Accident In NYC?

In some cases, injured construction workers may have the option to file a personal injury lawsuit against third parties who contributed to the accident. While you’re usually not permitted to directly sue your employer or co-workers even when the accident was their fault, construction sites are typically comprised of workers from several different employment sources. Anyone other than your employer and co-workers can be held liable if they caused your accident through negligence – examples include independent contractors, property owners, and workers for other subcontractors.

Injuries and illnesses caused by toxic substances or defective products may also qualify for product liability lawsuits against the manufacturers of the products.

Determining possible liable third parties in a construction site injury case is complicated. You’ll likely need assistance from a New York City construction injury lawyer who specializes in these types of cases. Our lawyers can help you determine all possible forms of compensation for your case, including workers’ compensation, personal injury lawsuits, and Social Security disability benefits. Get in touch with us today and learn more about your legal options in a free consultation.