As a construction worker, you are constantly exposed to risks that make safety in the workplace a critical factor. Whether you’re involved in building a high rise or building an addition on a home, you’re surrounded by potentially dangerous, defective equipment. When that equipment (cranes, forklifts, mechanical cutting tools, ladders and safety harnesses) is defective, you are at risk for a very serious accident.
Potential Equipment Defects
If you’re in the construction industry, you’re usually working with various types of heavy equipment. If you use this equipment improperly or without training, you are at risk for personal injury. It’s important to practice safety and to make sure you are properly trained to use each and every tool and machine. But, of course, even if you go through the proper employee training and safety practices, you can still be injured.
Defective equipment includes mechanized tools and vehicles that have a flaw or design error. Defective equipment also includes incorrectly maintained equipment. This puts you at risk for an injury or accident. In some injury cases, equipment is used beyond its recommended useful life – which also makes it unsafe.
What to Do When Injured by Defective Equipment
If you’re injured, you should seek medical treatment immediately. Typically, you should also file a Workers’ Compensation claim. However, if your injury was caused by defective or improperly maintained equipment, you may need to seek other options to get the treatment and compensation you’re entitled to. Before filing a Workers’ Compensation claim, it is important for you to know the specific cause of your injury. This is an area where The Ticktin Law Group can provide critical guidance in determining your rights and assessing any possible third-party liability.
It’s important to know that Workers’ Compensation coverage is required of most U.S. employers. However, Workers’ Compensation benefits are limited in length of time. For example: it will not cover the costs of treatment needed for severe, long-term injuries or permanent disability.
If you’re injured on the job by construction equipment, it is also important to understand and document what happened. Every detail can make a difference in this scenario.
The Ticktin Law Group Can Help
The Ticktin Law Group is here to help you if you are injured by defective work equipment. Just contact us for a free consultation. In Florida, you have four years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Getting in touch with us is free and easy. During your free consultation, an experienced personal injury attorney will go over the particulars of your case and determine whether you have a personal injury claim. Being that we are lawyers in Florida, we handle all personal injury cases on a contingency basis. That means that you pay nothing — not even out-of-pocket expenses — unless we recover money for you. To get started, schedule your free consultation by calling (561) 232-2222 or by completing our contact form here.