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Machine Accidents

Life-Altering Injuries 

Heavy machinery accidents often result in life-altering injuries that require extensive treatment. Additionally, fatalities are not uncommon with these types of accidents. Individuals who perform jobs involving the use of heavy machinery are at a higher risk of being injured than workers in other fields. Any minor mistake or miscalculation can lead to a life-altering injury or death. Operating or working near machinery that has moving parts is inherently dangerous and the smallest malfunction can cause disastrous results.

Amputation injuries are quite common in industrial settings. Workers who have lost fingers, hands, and arms in these types of accidents require extensive treatment and suffer life-altering consequences. These accidents occur for a variety of reasons including missing warning labels, clothing becoming stuck in the machine, or a worker simply becoming distracted for a moment.

Losing a limb, or even a finger, can change an individual’s entire life. They may be incapable of working or caring for their loved ones, and as most workers have families that depend on them, this type of injury will affect the entire family as well.

Compensation for Injuries 

Industrial workers often work long shifts, so it is not surprising that many workers become injured. It is imperative that all industrial machinery is maintained properly and that workers are trained in the proper operation of the machinery. The smallest error can cause a catastrophic injury, and all safety concerns must be addressed immediately.

Employers in Illinois are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation insurance is no-fault insurance that allows an injured worker to collect benefits irrespective of who is responsible for the injury.

Third-Party Claims 

Third-party claims are separate and distinct from workers’ compensation claims. When a machine accident is due to an equipment failure, the manufacturer or sub-contractor may be held liable for the damages. There are limits to the workers’ compensation benefits the individual will receive, but there are no such limits imposed on third-party claims.

Chicago Workers Comp Attorney at Shea Law Group 

Machine accidents are some of the most devastating work-related accidents that occur. They will likely cause the injured person to miss many days of work, or it may be impossible for the individual to return to work at all. The financial fall-out from this type of accident can be as devastating as the physical and emotional injuries and must be addressed during the settlement process.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an industrial or machine accident, contact Shea Law Group at (877)-365-0040. Our dedicated legal team will explain the workers’ compensation process and will help you determine what you need to do to receive just compensation for your injuries.