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Compensation for Equipment Accidents at Work


Among the most serious types of work-related accidents involve heavy machinery and equipment.

forklift accident

Equipment accidents can cause severe injuries and render a worker completely disabled for a lifetime. Workers prone to equipment accidents are the ones that operate or work around the following machinery or equipment:

  • motor vehicles
  • forklifts
  • trucks
  • bulldozers
  • backhoes
  • jack stands
  • power tools
  • snow ploughs
  • lawn mowers
  • tractors
  • cranes
  • loaders

It is the responsibility of every employer to provide protective gear to their employees who operate or work around equipment. However, merely wearing protective gear such as gloves, goggles, or hard hats cannot prevent injuries in case of high impact accidents. Equipment accidents can be severe enough to crush the bones of the worker and may prove fatal in many cases.

Common Injuries Caused by Equipment Accidents

Most of the heavy equipment and related accessories used at workplaces such as manufacturing units and construction sites are dangerous, and a slight malfunction or human error can lead to accidents that are serious and even fatal. The injuries vary depending on the seriousness of the accident. Some common types of injuries suffered in equipment accidents are as follows:

  • bruises
  • torn ligaments
  • burns
  • cuts and lacerations
  • fractures
  • spinal cord injuries
  • damaged cartilage
  • hearing loss
  • vision loss
  • broken teeth
  • permanent scarring or disfigurement
  • traumatic brain injury
  • cognitive impairment
  • severed limbs
  • amputations

The injuries caused by equipment accidents are usually serious enough to render the worker disabled. These injuries do not just cause physical pain and mental trauma, but may change an injured worker’s life forever. The worker who has been injured in a serious equipment accident may never be able to return to work and may have difficulty performing daily activities.

Missouri Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Equipment Accidents

Workers who get injured in an equipment accident at the workplace may be entitled to benefits under the Missouri workers’ compensation system. The amount and duration of the workers’ compensation benefits depend on the severity of the injuries suffered. The disability benefits are calculated as a percentage of weekly wages. The worker may be entitled to the following benefits:

Workers Compensation Lawyers

Workers’ compensation benefits help an injured worker pay for expensive and prolonged medical treatment and replace lost wages and earnings while recuperating. If you have been injured in an equipment accident at work and are having trouble receiving your rightful benefits, contact The Law Office of James M. Hoffmann at (314) 361-4300 for a free case evaluation.

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Updated: November 8, 2019
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