On-the-job accidents are more common than many people realize, and accidents involving machinery are a leading cause of on-the-job injuries and fatalities.
Workers in the construction, manufacturing, mining, agriculture, transportation, oil, and refuse waste and scrap material industries are most at risk for machinery-related accidents, as they may routinely work with potentially hazardous equipment like forklifts, cranes, bulldozers, tractors, power hammers, and conveyor belt systems. And even when the workers who operate this equipment are highly skilled and observe proper safety precautions, moving machinery has the potential to cause serious injuries under the right circumstances.
Machinery accidents are a top cause of amputations among private sector wage and salary workers, and are also associated with:
- Broken or crushed bones
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Back and spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Internal injuries and organ damage
- Electrocution and electrical burns
Even when someone is fortunate enough to survive a machinery accident in the workplace, he may find himself seriously injured and in need of extensive medical treatment, unable to work for a time, or even permanently disabled. Thanks to the Delaware Compensation Act, workers injured in machinery accidents that occur during the regular scope of employment may be eligible to collect workers’ compensation benefits, such as:
- Medical care
- Temporary disability payments
- Compensation for a resulting permanent impairment
Unlike personal injury cases, injured workers are not required to prove fault or negligence in order to collect benefits through the workers' compensation system. They only have to prove that their injuries occurred during the course of their employment.
Consult an Experienced Workers' Compensation Attorney
If you were seriously injured in a machinery accident at work, it's important to understand your legal rights and options. The knowledgeable attorneys with the Morris James Personal Injury Group can help ensure you receive the workers' compensation benefits you deserve. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case analysis.