Defective Equipment Accidents in Orlando
The Francis Law Group
If you or your loved one were involved in a workplace accident in Orlando because of defective equipment, it’s highly advisable to discuss your case with a workplace injury attorney. There may be more than one avenue for obtaining compensation, and your lawyer can assist with maximizing your chances of fair and full recompense.
Common Types of Defective Equipment
Large, heavy equipment that goes awry has the potential to cause workers severe and even fatal harm. Scaffolding mishaps, for example, kill more than 50 workers each year and injure hundreds more, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Our firm handles work-related defective equipment claims on a regular basis. Below are a few examples of the types of work equipment that often malfunction or break and cause serious defective equipment accidents.
- Elevators and escalators
- Manufacturing machines
- Machine presses
- Hand and power tools
- Large farming equipment
- Welding tools
- Fishing and shipyard equipment
Benefits You’re Entitled to Under Workers’ Compensation
If you are an employee and are injured on the job in an accident, you are entitled to certain benefits under workers’ compensation. Below is a brief summary of what you may be entitled to.
- Medical benefits – All authorized, medically necessary care and treatment related to your injury is covered. This includes doctors’ visits, hospital care, diagnostic testing, surgeries, prescriptions, medical devices and physical therapy.
- Transportation expenses – All of your transportation expenses related to your medical appointments are compensable.
- Monetary compensation – If you cannot work (or cannot work in the same capacity as you could pre-injury), you are entitled to certain disability benefits. The rate, amount and duration depend on your specific circumstances. In many cases, workers can receive two-thirds of their pre-injury income for up to two years. If you are unsure of what you’re entitled to, you can call our Orlando office for a consultation at 407-363-9939.
When a worker dies on the job in a defective equipment accident, his or her dependents qualify for workers’ compensation death benefits. They include funeral expenses, wage replacement and education benefits.
Possibilities for Additional Compensation
While workers’ compensation benefits are helpful, they are not designed to make a worker whole, i.e., they don’t fully compensate for the totality of your losses. If the equipment was, in fact, faulty or defective and caused the accident, the worker may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer for additional restitution. These types of suits are called third-party liability claims.
You may have justifiable grounds to file a lawsuit against a manufacturer, installer, repair company or retailer if the equipment was poorly designed or engineered, improperly maintained, or inherently defective. Workers and their families will want to explore this legal option because product liability claims can provide much more extensive compensation than a workers’ compensation.
The types of recoverable damages in a third-party claim include not only your wages and medical benefits, but also pain and suffering, emotional losses, and punitive damages.
Call Francis Law Group to discuss opportunities for compensation.
With defective equipment accidents, it’s important to consult a lawyer who handles both workers’ compensation cases and third-party liability claims. This way, your lawyer will understand the intricacies of these complex cases and be able to maximize your chances of obtaining all the benefits and compensation feasible.
Francis Law Group in Orlando is dedicated to helping injured workers pursue the compensation they need after serious work accidents. Our portfolio includes successful workers’ compensation claims, as well as defective equipment liability claims. We encourage you to read over helpful articles in our library and review our client testimonials.
You can also call our office to schedule a free consultation at your convenience at 407-363-9939.