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Heavy Equipment Accidents

There is no question that there are a number of inherent dangers to working around and with heavy machinery, but accidents can usually be prevented when the industry safety standards are understood and upheld. Human error and negligence – not pure chance – are the usual culprits behind these accidents.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving heavy machinery, you are not alone in looking for answers to your questions. The first and foremost of these is likely “How did this happen?”

Our experienced construction accident attorneys at Sullivan Law can provide you with answers to this question, and others. Thanks to our legal knowledge and skills, we can investigate your case to find the underlying cause of the accident, in addition to the identity of the party who is liable for the injuries you suffered. We will then use this information to help you acquire the compensation you deserve to cover medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.

We Handle All Types of Cases Involving Heavy Equipment

Since we first starting serving clients in Kansas City, we have helped numerous construction workers, and their affected families, recover from accidents that involve various types of heavy equipment, which include:

  • Pipelayers
  • Cranes
  • Trenchers
  • Bulldozers
  • Grapple and dump trucks
  • Backhoes
  • Pavers
  • Excavators
  • Forklifts
  • Graders
  • Skid steer loaders
  • Track skidders
  • Haulers

Each of these machines can cause serious damage and injuries if they run into workers, drop heavy objects or pin them down. In most cases, the injuries that occur from these types of accidents are serious or grave and can include the need for amputations, or long term pain and suffering due to bone fractures, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.

Causes of Heavy Equipment Accidents

Establishing the cause of the accident and determining who is liable is essential to acquire maximum recovery. Depending on the circumstances around the accident that led to your injuries, you may be able to receive worker’s compensation benefits, as well as damages from a third party liability lawsuit. We can help determine if your case is eligible for this recovery.

Some of the most common causes of heavy equipment accidents include the following:

  • Workers make mistakes because of inadequate training, concentration and/or on-the-job experience.
  • The supervisor, or another person in a position of authority, instructs the workers to take dangerous actions, which result in the accident.
  • The actual worksite is a dangerous environment with problems such as unstable ground and incomplete structures.
  • The equipment being used has defects that occurred during the design or manufacturing process and suffers from some type of critical breakdown.

If you are reluctant to seek legal help because of the high fees you believe you will have to pay, don’t worry. We work on a contingency fee basis at Sullivan Law, which means you don’t have to pay unless we help you acquire compensation. Call us today for a free case evaluation and to get started.