Injured While Operating Construction Machinery | What are Your Rights?
Construction machinery help make the job so much faster and easier. They can dig deeper, lift heavy loads, and complete other difficult tasks quicker than we can on our own. Unfortunately, accidents can happen, and when a heavy load or machine is involved, the accident can be very serious. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, it is important to contact a skilled attorney.
Here are some of the most common types of accidents involving heavy construction machinery:
- Loads falling
- Collisions with other vehicles or machinery on site
- Electrocution when cranes bump into power lines
- Being struck by a machine that is backing up
- Accidents caused by a malfunction
In the case of an accident your first priority is medical care. If you are able, call 911 right away and get help. Next, notify your superiors of the incident. Your second priority is documentation. If you can, obtain the names and contact information of any and all witnesses. Your manager or job site foreman may take pictures of the incident, less serious injuries, equipment, and surrounding environment.
It is important to contact a knowledgeable construction accident attorney in OH so that they can investigate the cause of the accident and defend your rights. If the equipment was faulty, the manufacturer of the equipment is sometimes held accountable and monetary damages are awarded to a claimant. Sometimes the only way to truly determine who is at fault for your injury is to have a case adequately litigated. As skilled attorney can help you receive a just compensation, so you can continue to support your family. There is no reason you should have to shoulder the full brunt of the medical expenses or lost wages if you are a victim in an accident.
A competent workplace injury attorney can work with you to protect any and all rights available to you. This includes seeing if you’re entitled to funds from workers’ compensation and additional compensation for medical bills, all while sorting through the reports and paperwork involved. Navigating workers compensation in Ohio can be complex, and it is difficult enough, dealing with an injury. Let a skilled attorney help you though, by taking care of the legal side so you can focus on recovering. Call the law offices of Robin J. Peterson Company, LLC. today for a free consultation (216) 642-9007.