Machine-related accident cases can be complicated and often involve severe injuries. Los Angeles law firm Goldschmid, Silver & Spindel has been helping victims of workplace injuries for 40 years. If you were hurt in a machinery accident, our lawyers can answer your questions and help you consider your options under California state law. As workers’ compensation specialists, we have helped many clients file or appeal machine-injury claims and, when appropriate, have gone to court to pursue damages from third parties such as manufacturers and suppliers.
Machine accidents cause some of the most severe injuries that occur in the workplace. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), machine operators and maintenance workers suffer approximately 18,000 amputations, lacerations, crushing injuries and abrasions, in addition to 800 deaths, every year. Whether on a factory floor, a construction site or any other work area with machine equipment in operation, the risks can be high. There are workers’ compensation benefits available to injured workers, including medical care and compensation for lost wages. With more than 150 years of combined experience, our attorneys know this complex area of law and can help you make informed decisions and develop a legal strategy customized to the unique facts of your case.
Accidents involving machinery are often caused by a lack of maintenance or a dangerous work environment. Lack of proper training may also be a factor. Some accidents are due to machinery malfunction, which could be the result of equipment that was defective from the start or that wasn’t properly maintained once in regular use. Physical safeguards should be in place on and around machines to protect workers from sharp blades, feeding mechanisms and other potentially dangerous parts. In construction accidents, heavy machinery such as forklifts, backhoes, front loaders and trucks are often to blame. These accidents can result from poor maintenance or training, machinery malfunction or a lack of proper safety gear, such as goggles, hard hats and gloves. Depending on the facts of your case, an equipment manufacturer or supplier or other third party may be sued to achieve fuller compensation for injuries suffered.
The law firm of Goldschmid, Silver and & Spindel focuses on workplace injuries and has handled many cases involving machinery accidents and injuries caused by machinery malfunction. To find out more, call 213-251-5900 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at our Los Angeles office.