A front end loader is valuable and essential equipment used in various industries including agriculture, road building, mining and construction. The loader is equipped with a bucket that can pick up voluminous amounts of material to be transported easily before dumping. However, its size and turning radius make it difficult to maneuver. The operator is seated high on the machinery, often making it challenging to view objects and people in the work area.
Front end loader operators must follow strict safety procedures when using the equipment. This includes carrying a full or empty bucket lower than the operator’s level of sight to avoid dumping the load on others. Because the operator is limited in their ability to view the area when backing up, the loader must be equipped with a backup alarm to warn any unsuspecting individual while the equipment is moving in reverse.
In some situations, a front end loader accident can occur because of a defective component or equipment. Personal injury attorneys who specialize in heavy equipment accidents can file a claim or lawsuit against third parties (not the employer), including equipment manufacturers that might be indirectly responsible for the accident.
Common Accident Causes Involving Front End Loaders
Every year, many individuals are injured in a front end loader accident when using the equipment at hazardous work sites. Typically, the injuries caused by heavy equipment including front end loaders, boom lifts, road graders, wheel loaders, excavators, conveyors, forklifts, cranes and backhoes tend to be catastrophic. Many victims succumbed to their injuries. Common types of front end loader accidents involve:
- Running over victims while backing up
- Pinning the victim between the equipment and other objects
- Crushing the victim when lowering the bucket
Heavy Equipment Injury and Establishing Negligence
State and federal laws require employers and business owners that utilize heavy equipment to exercise reasonable care while providing every employee a safe work environment. Every heavy equipment operator is required to have extensive training on how to use the equipment and follow implemented safety protocols and procedures. When someone is injured in a front end loader accident, the company owner, employer, manager, supervisor and others may be found legally liable due to their negligent actions.
Typically, the victim or surviving family members of a victim who has died can seek financial compensation from all parties at fault for the accident. However, personal injury tort law is complicated. To receive recompense, the victim must prove specific elements of negligence or willful misconduct that include:
- Each party in the claim had a duty to provide a specific level of care to the victim
- Each party breached that duty through neglect or willful misconduct (intention)
- The breach of responsibilities directly caused the accident and injuries of the victim
- The victim suffers real injuries or has died as a result of the accident
Seeking Compensation for Personal Injuries Related to an Accident With a Front End Loader
If you have suffered serious injuries in a heavy equipment accident, you are likely attempting to figure out the next step. While you may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation through your employer’s insurance policy, the benefits usually include minimal coverage for medical expenses and time away from work. It may be advantageous to hire a personal injury attorney who specializes in equipment injury claims.
Without legal representation, insurance companies representing the parties at fault might blame you for the accident. This could severely limit the amount of benefits you receive. Your attorney may be able to determine that you are injured because of an unsafe work environment caused by your employer’s or others on the site.
Hiring a Lawyer to Represent Your Interests Following an Accident With a Front End Loader
The injuries you have received have likely been devastating on you and your family. Rosenfeld injury lawyers can help you prove which parties are responsible for the accident. We handle all kinds of farm accident cases including those that involve heavy equipment, trucks, hazardous conditions, unsafe working environment and others. We fight aggressively to show how insufficient training, improper supervision or negligence of others caused you harm.
We invite you to schedule a free, initial consultation by calling our law offices at (888) 424-5757 today. Our attorneys accept heavy equipment accident cases on contingency and are not paid for legal services until they obtain compensation for you through an award at trial or out of court settlement.