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Who Is Responsible When Equipment Malfunctions in the Workplace?

Construction sites, factories, and warehouses are filled with equipment that helps workers do their jobs. When this equipment fails, the results can be catastrophic. Unfortunately, everyday employees are usually the ones that suffer from these serious consequences. Fortunately, they do not have to do it alone.

With serious ailments and without their regular income, injured employees and their families depend on workers’ compensation to stay afloat. When these benefits are delayed or denied, working-class people can struggle to survive. To make matters worse, malfunctioning equipment accidents are often caused by the negligence of employers and/or third parties.

As such, many injured workers turn to attorneys like Kevin Humphrey, Esq. to pursue workers’ comp benefits or file personal injury lawsuits when appropriate.

Countless Questions

You may be able to find out who is responsible for your accident by answering the following questions:

  • Did the equipment break because of general wear and tear?
  • Did the equipment have design flaws or a faulty part?
  • Was someone else operating the equipment at the time of your accident?
  • Who or what caused the accident?

If you were not in charge of designing or maintaining the equipment that harmed you, some of these questions might be difficult to answer.

Luckily, for workers’ compensation claims, the only question you need to answer is:

Did the accident occur at work?

After a Workplace Accident

As soon as you are injured, you should report the incident to your employers, seek medical attention, and file a workers’ compensation claim.

If you suspect your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence (or extreme carelessness), you may want to speak to an attorney, as well.

With a thorough investigation, your lawyer can help answer some of the questions from the bulleted list in the previous section. If the equipment is faulty, you may be able to recover compensation from its manufacturer. If a person or entity who doesn’t work for your employer (a third party) caused your accident, you may also be able to recover civil damages.

Equipment accidents are complicated, and many factors can contribute to this type of event. Consequently, choosing the right form of legal action can be difficult.

At Humphrey & Associates, we have represented clients in workers’ compensation claims and personal injury cases for over 20 years. While your needs will be unique, we have seen similar situations before and achieved results for our clients.

If you’re ready to obtain the resources required to move forward from your accident, call us at (844) 612-5800 today – and don’t forget to schedule a free consultation.