What you need to know after an accident with heavy machinery
An accident can happen at any time when you work with heavy machinery, regardless of how careful you are. It is important to be prepared and know what you will need to do if you get into an accident on the job.
Medical care is your number one priority
When you are in a workplace accident, be sure to make your health your top priority. You have a right to medical care to treat any injury you suffer at work. In fact, your medical expenses will be paid for by workers’ compensation.
Get the treatment you need immediately after the accident, and continue to receive treatment while you need it. You do not need to stop getting the medical care you need if you still require treatment. In some situations, employers encourage workers to go back to work too quickly. If you are in this situation, contact an attorney for help getting the coverage and support you need.
You have a right to workers’ compensation
If you are injured at work, you have a right to workers’ compensation benefits. You do not need to prove your employer was at fault. Even if you are worried that the accident was the result of something you did or did not do, you are entitled to coverage.
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system in Connecticut. This means that you can file a claim for benefits without needing to prove fault. Through workers’ comp, you can secure benefits to help you cover your medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages. The compensation you receive will depend on your specific situation.
Was the accident the result of a machine defect?
With heavy machinery – such as cranes, forklifts and similar machinery – any defect in the equipment can have catastrophic consequences. If your injuries were the result of a defect in the machinery, you may have a personal injury claim against the manufacturer of the machinery, those who maintain it or other parties. In these situations, it is vital that you get advice from an experienced attorney in this area. Your lawyer can help you pursue compensation from every available avenue.