Industrial Accidents

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Los Angeles Industrial Machinery Accident Lawyers

Injured in an industrial accident in California?

Those who work with heavy equipment and industrial machinery must often deal with workplaces and equipment that are not in conformity with current Federal and State OSHA requirements.

The attorneys at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation are OSHA experts and handle industrial worksite and machine accident cases in California and on a national level.

When an injury occurs, it can be extremely serious, resulting in a lifetime of challenges and difficulties for the innocent worker. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury and industrial machinery was involved, it is crucial that you get an experienced industrial machinery accident lawyer from Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

As the injuries and other damages can be so extreme, it is likely that you will need extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation, and it is vital that you have access to finances to ensure you get top quality medical care and the most recent and modern treatments to assist in your recovery. An industrial accident attorney can help you seek the financial compensation you will need to start and complete your journey to recovery.

If you have been involved in an industrial machinery accident, you are urged to contact a Los Angeles industrial accident attorney.

What Are Common Causes of Industrial Machinery Accidents?

Our industrial accident attorneys have encountered many scenarios that have left workers injured and in need of help and compensation. Some of those scenarios include.

The attorneys at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation can assist the injured or their families in Cal-OSHA non-compliance cases. For clients who have suffered brain injuries, electrocution, burns, bone crushing injuries, amputations, or families who have lost a loved one in a tragic work accident, we can assist with filing a wrongful death claim to seek compensation.

What Type of Damages Can an Industrial Injury Victim Claim?

There is a long list of industrial accidents that can lead to injuries, however, compensation may only be awarded for certain types of damages. This list of compensable damages includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages and income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment in life
  • Disability or disfigurement
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Wrongful death damages
  • Physical therapy costs
  • Emotional distress

What Qualifies as Industrial Machinery Defects?

Defects come in several forms. Where you are harmed by a saw functioning just as intended but the design is dangerous, it is a design flaw. Where the saw is not wired properly and shorts causing a fire, the defect is unintentional and therefore a manufacturing defect. Where the manufacturer fails to warn not to put one's hands in a particular place or to wear goggles, it is a marketing defect.

In California, a manufacturer has strict liability for product defects. This means that a person hurt by an equipment defect may file a claim without proving that the manufacturer was negligent.

The manufacturer may also have liability to the buyer for breach of warranty when its machinery fails to perform to reasonable standards when promoted that it is fit for that particular purpose.

When Can I Sue a Manufacturer for Dangerous Equipment?

You may make a claim against a manufacturer when there is defect in the equipment that harms you. The defect may be in the design of the equipment, such as a drill press with a missing safety guard.

It may also be in the manufacturing, such as a forklift that rolls over despite careful handling. The defect may be in marketing where there is a failure to warn of dangers in the use of the equipment.

Can an Employer Be Sued for Injuries Suffered on the Job?

You are limited to your workers' compensation claim where the employer is merely negligent or innocent of wrongdoing. However, if the employer is guilty of intentional misconduct, such as removing safety features from machines, you may sue them for full compensation.

What Compensation is Available if a Family Member Dies on the Job?

Where liability can be established against a manufacturer of defective machinery or a subcontractor on the site other than your employer, an action for wrongful death may be maintained in the courts. There the family may sue for loss of comfort and support and the cost of funeral and burial.

Another suit for the estate may also be made if the decedent survived at least a little while after the accident. Through this type of action, medical expenses, property damage and pain and suffering may be sought. In addition, the family may seek a workers' comp death benefit regardless of fault.

Los Angeles Industrial Machinery Accident Attorney

The documentation of the case should be carefully managed from the outset. We advise any person who has suffered injury in an industrial machinery accident to contact our firm at once. Many such accidents are the result of poor maintenance, faulty equipment or other serious situation.

The claim filed on your behalf will go beyond the restrictions of Workers' Comp in many cases, as the third party, such as an equipment manufacturer, maintenance company or other entity may have liability and could be named in the lawsuit or claim filed on your behalf.

At Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation, we represent clients who have been harmed by defective industrial machinery in the Los Angeles area. We thoroughly investigate the accident to determine the cause and maintain claims for full compensation against the designer or manufacturer of the equipment.

Contact Shoop | A Professional Corporation for zealous prosecution of your claim.

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