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New York Heavy Machinery Accident Lawyers

Heavy equipment like cranes and welding equipment is used at New York construction sites, factories, warehouses, and industrial plants every day. While heavy machinery is crucial to completing specialized work, it is also one of the most dangerous workplace hazards. Every year, about 400 workers are killed in heavy equipment accidents, but many more are left with serious and even catastrophic injuries.

Goidel & Siegel is committed to helping injured New York workers and their families recover the full compensation they need after a serious heavy machinery accident. Contact our law firm today for a free consultation with a New York heavy machinery accidents lawyer prepared to fight for you.

Types of New York Heavy Machinery Accidents

Types of New York Heavy Machinery Accidents

Goidel & Siegel has decades of experience handling all types of heavy machinery accidents in New York. Contact our law office if you or a loved one has been hurt due to an accident involving:

  • Pneumatic tools like nail guns
  • Forklifts
  • Cranes
  • Machine presses
  • Earth movers and excavators
  • Table saws and other industrial cutting equipment
  • Grinders and sanders
  • Welding equipment
  • Drilling equipment
  • Road graders and rollers
  • Bulldozers

Heavy machinery is crucial in construction, manufacturing, warehouses, and many other industries. However, heavy equipment accidents can be life-changing or fatal. These accidents frequently involve:

  • Falling objects or falls
  • Traumatic amputation
  • Brain injuries
  • Electric shock or electrocution
  • Fires and burn injuries
  • Crush injuries
  • Caught in or between objects

Common Causes of Heavy Machinery Accidents

Accidents involving heavy equipment may happen for many reasons. These accidents are often due to operator error, but they are also frequently caused by inadequate maintenance, defective equipment, or inadequate training or protection. The following are some of the most common causes of heavy machinery accidents in New York.

  • Rollover accidents due to improperly loaded equipment
  • Struck-by accidents when someone operating equipment like a forklift strikes a pedestrian, usually while backing up
  • Improper equipment operation
  • Inadequate training
  • A lack of proper machine guarding
  • Workers struck by objects falling from equipment
  • Miscommunication between workers
  • Unstable loads or ground
  • Defective equipment
Compensation After a Heavy Machinery Accident in New York

Compensation After a Heavy Machinery Accident in New York

Depending on the cause of your accident, you may be entitled to compensation from workers’ compensation in addition to negligent third parties. Your New York workplace accident lawyer will investigate your accident to identify all avenues for compensation to make you as whole as possible.

The primary source for compensation after a heavy equipment accident is workers’ compensation. This is a no-fault system that does not require proving negligence, but benefits are limited. Workers’ comp covers your medical bills and provides weekly benefits for disability and lost wages. The downside is benefits are capped and may not fully compensate you for your lost earnings. You cannot seek compensation for pain and suffering and other personal losses.
If a third party’s negligence or a defect in the equipment contributed to your injuries, you can seek compensation outside workers’ compensation through a third-party injury claim. This can fill the gaps in workers’ comp and allow you to pursue damages for your other losses.

You may also hold an owner or general manager liable for your accident in some cases thanks to robust New York Labor Laws. Labor Law 200 holds owners and general contractors liable for your losses if they did not provide a reasonably safe work environment or protect you from dangerous conditions. Labor Law 241 holds them liable for failing to give you the safety equipment you needed.

Compensation After a Heavy Machinery Accident in New York

Contact a New York Heavy Machinery Accident Lawyer

After a serious heavy equipment accident on the job, you should not be left with a financial burden and uncertain future. Goidel & Siegel has three decades of experience representing injured workers and their families. We can assist with workers’ compensation claims, labor law claims, and third-party injury claims.

Contact our law office today so our multilingual trial lawyers can help you pursue the fair compensation you deserve.

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