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Workers' Compensation Claims for Heavy Equipment Accidents

July 28, 2016 — by Jessica Graziano
Tags: Heavy Equipment Construction Accidents Workers Compensation

Ann excavator at work at a construction jobThe lawyers of Reinhardt Harper Davis, PLC have been helping the people of Richmond following serious accidents and injuries. Whether the focus is on work injury litigation or applying for workers' compensation benefits, you can count on us to offer sound advice and strong legal counsel.

This kind of guidance is invaluable for issues related to heavy equipment accidents. Let's take a moment to consider the dangers of these vehicles and how our legal team can help you seek fair workers' compensation benefits or just legal damages.

Heavy Equipment Defined

Heavy equipment covers a wide range of vehicles and machines that are necessary for major construction jobs, from demolition to earthwork and related matters. Some common types of machinery/vehicles considered heavy equipment are as follows:

  • Backhoes
  • Bulldozers
  • Excavators
  • Graders
  • Trenchers
  • Tractors
  • Wheel loaders

The Dangers of Heavy Equipment

Since heavy equipment tends to be cumbersome and difficult to handle, they can be the cause of major accidents and injuries. Some potential causes of these accidents include:

  • Inexperienced workers operating the heavy equipment
  • Poor communication between employees while heavy equipment is being used
  • Problems with vehicle maintenance and upkeep
  • Work site issues that make operation of vehicles hazardous

Given the hazards, it's of the utmost importance that construction workers exercise caution when using heavy equipment.

Making a Workers' Compensation Claim

Workers' compensation claims are intended to cover lost wages and medical bills in case of injury or injuries sustained while you are on the job. In the case of serious injuries, the workers' compensation insurance can also address issues with reduces earnings in the long run.

Workers' compensation can make a major difference following a heavy equipment accident just given the potential harm involved and the fact these accidents can have long-lasting effects on your health, wellness, and ability to accomplish certain tasks.

Ensuring You Receive Workers' Compensation

The workers' compensation process can seem complicated and overwhelming at times given the paperwork involved and related issues. This may not be something you want to consider as you are healing from a major accident. That's why consulting work attorneys can be a major help. Our legal team can make this whole process much easier for you and will strive to ensure that everything is filed right the first time around.

If you are denied workers' compensation benefits, we can help find what you need to have your legitimate claim reconsidered.

When to Consider Pursuit of Legal Action

Sometimes a work injury may best be addressed through a lawsuit, either against your employer, a contractor, or some other third party. In these cases, our attorneys can advise you on whether or not you should pursue workers' compensation benefits and if you main focus should be on legal action to obtain damages for your injuries.

This kind of advice is crucial, and you can only get this counsel by partnering with a skilled team work injury experts like the attorneys at our firm. As with filing for benefits, our goal is to help make the system work in your best interests. You are injured, but you should not feel alone or helpless.

Learn More About Your Legal Options

For more information on your legal rights and options following a serious injury accident at your workplace, be sure to contact our team of personal injury attorneys today. The lawyers of Reinhardt Harper Davis, PLC will fight diligently for you in your time of legal need.

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