When an employee is injured at work, if there is a lawsuit it usually is against the employer. However, if the employee is injured due to defective machinery or equipment, the employer may not be to blame. Although the injured employee may be able to receive worker’s compensation for their injuries, if a legal case is to be made, it most likely would be against the manufacturer of the equipment, not the employer.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC helps workers injured by defective machine get the full compensation that they are entitled to under Illinois law. Our Chicago accident law firm represents people from across Illinois in product liability and general negligence cases involving machinery used at work. Contact our office today for a free review of your case. Our attorneys will meet with you at our office or at a location convenient for you.
Types Of Machinery Injuries
Machinery injuries can maim or even be fatal, often due to no fault of the operator of the equipment. Since there are thousands of different types of machinery used on the job, from small equipment to the heavy equipment used in construction, agriculture and manufacturing, there are just as many ways to be injured. Our office has worked on cases involving:
- Punch presses
- Turning machines or lathes
- Drill presses
- Cutting machines
- Folding machines
- Plastic injection machine
- Die casting
- Welding machines
- Drying ovens
- Packaging machines
- Hand trucks
- Capping machines
Some common injuries that happen with defective machinery are:
- Crushed appendages. Equipment that has moving parts often has safeguards to protect employees. However, when this equipment fails or is defective, fingers, arms and even legs may be crushed when they come in contact with the moving parts.
- Amputation. Heavy equipment that is meant to cut, shear or move objects can be deadly if the safeguards fail. Arms and legs can be amputated and the results can be fatal.
- Impact. If a piece of equipment breaks and falls on an employee, or causes the employee to fall, there can be severe injuries from impact. Traumatic brain injuries, blindness and fractures are just a few of the possible results.
Liability In Defective Machinery Accidents
If machinery or equipment is defective and injures an employee, it can be complicated to build a legal case for the victim. When machinery is faulty due to the way it was built or manufactured, then the blame would be on the maker of the equipment, not the employer. If the machinery became defective through use and the employer chose not to replace it, then there may be a legal case against the employer.
Machinery work injuries that are due to malfunction or defects are complex from a legal standpoint. There are laws that protect the employer from being sued for defective equipment so it is important to establish who is liable for the injury. The manufacturer of the machinery may be able to be sued under product liability. An experienced workers compensation law team is needed to investigate the cause of the injury and pursue a legal case against the liable party.Defective Machinery Injury Lawyers Based in Chicago, Illinois
If you or a family member has been injured at work due to defective machinery, you need to have a team of experts on your side. Defective machinery cases are complex but our team of Chicago, IL personal injury attorneys is experienced at handling these complicated cases. We will consult industry experts and investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident to determine who is liable. We will work hard to get the best financial compensation outcome in your case. Call us today to set an appointment for a free consultation to discuss your situation.