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Fort Lauderdale Heavy Machinery Accidents

Heavy machinery in the workplace can pose a significant risk of injury to workers.  According to one major study conducted in 2010, for example, vehicles and mobile heavy equipment in the construction industry alone led to 404 deaths on an annual basis for a two-decade period ending in 2010.  Though the construction industry often involves the use of heavy machinery, workers are exposed to substantial heavy machinery risks in a wide variety of occupational environments, from warehouses, to factories, to dockyards, and more.

Injuries associated with heavy machinery accidents can be quite severe, even life-altering.  If you have sustained injuries relating to the use of heavy machinery in the workplace, you may be entitled to compensation.  Contact the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs to set up a free consultation with a qualified heavy machinery accident attorney in Fort Lauderdale today.

Types of Heavy Machinery

There is a wide range of heavy machinery, and the risks can vary quite a bit depending on the piece of machinery involved.  Heavy machinery categories include, but are not necessarily limited, to:

  • Forklifts
  • Compactors
  • Conveyor Belts
  • Automated presses
  • Drilling machines
  • Bulldozers
  • Dump trucks
  • Rolling machines
  • Mixing machines
  • Loading machines
  • Heavy cranes
  • Excavation equipment

Causes of Heavy Machinery Accidents

Heavy machinery accidents can be caused by a number of different negligent acts or negligent failures to act, including, but not limited to:

  • Improperly loaded cargo leading to a tipping hazard
  • Defective machinery
  • Vehicular collisions
  • Burn, chemical, and electric shock injuries
  • Falling injuries
  • Unsecured cargo
  • Failure to train employees to use heavy machinery safely
  • Failure to adhere to OSHA and Florida state regulations
  • Failure to inspect machinery to ensure that it is not defective
  • Failure to warn employees of inherent risks of heavy machinery use
  • Failure to hire or properly schedule supervisors to minimize the risk of unsafe machinery use

Employers have a duty to ensure that the work environment is reasonably safe for their employees.  If your employer has failed to provide a reasonably safe work environment, and you were injured as a result, then you may be eligible to recover under Florida law.

Consult With Personal Injury Attorney David I. Fuchs Today

If you have suffered injuries as a consequence of a heavy machinery accident in the workplace, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.  Alternatively, you may be able to recover damages as compensation for your injuries (from a third-party).

Bear in mind that Florida applies the exclusive remedy rule, which prevents employees from suing their employers for injuries where there are workers’ compensation benefits paying for medical expenses, wage loss, etc.  You may only circumvent this rule in very limited circumstances.

Heavy machinery accident lawsuits can be complicated.  The sequence of events leading up to the accident will have to be investigated, witnesses and other relevant parties will have to be identified, experts will have to be retained, and a strategically-sound legal case will have to be built up from scratch.  If you want to maximize your workers’ compensation benefits and improve your chance of recovery in any related litigation, you should work with a South Florida personal injury attorney who is experienced in litigating heavy machinery accident claims and knows how to effectively navigate the unique difficulties presented by such claims.

Attorney David I. Fuchs has three decades of experience litigating heavy machinery accident claims that involve a workplace environment.  Mr. Fuchs is devoted to providing his clients with high-quality representation in the pursuit of a favorable outcome.

Call in or contact us online to set up a free consultation today.

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