Faulty Equipment Injuries in the Workplace
When you’re at work, you’re expecting that the equipment you use to do your job will work, and work safely. You should be able to trust that the machinery, tools, or factory equipment provided to you won’t cause you injury or fail to work in unexpected ways. Sadly, this is not always the case. Workers in physically-demanding and dangerous fields such as construction or manufacturing should not have to take on even more risk of injury beyond that which is already involved in the profession.
You are entitled to be paid for your injuries
As a South Carolina employee, you have a right to expect that your employer will take steps to prevent as much potential for injury as possible. If you are hurt by faulty equipment at work, you deserve to get compensated for the costs you incur to bring yourself back to full health. At Peake & Fowler, we understand the financial burden imposed by a workplace injury, both through the high costs of medical treatment and rehabilitation, and by forcing you off the job so that you’re unable to earn a paycheck while you recover. We can help you through the process of applying for workers’ compensation, and we can also investigate your claim thoroughly to determine if you may have a right to file an additional legal claim for your damages. After a faulty equipment injury in Columbia, contact the law offices of Peake & Fowler to consult with one of our attorneys about your case.
An outside party may be responsible for your workplace injury
Workers’ compensation may be the only means of compensation available when you’re hurt on the job, although it is not always enough to make you whole. If you’ve been injured when a piece of equipment has malfunctioned, however, you may have a claim against the source of that equipment. Often, construction companies will lease large pieces of equipment or specialty tools from outside companies. Large pieces of machinery require regular maintenance in order to function safely. If an equipment leasing company has failed to provide that maintenance and the product causes your injuries as a result, you may have a right to money damages from that negligent company.
Even when equipment has been properly maintained, the product may have been defectively designed or manufactured in the first place. This could entitle you to file a product liability claim against the company that created the product, as well as the companies which sold or leased the dangerous product.
Serious injuries can result from a number of common pieces of workplace equipment, including:
- Forklifts and other powered industrial trucks
- Backhoes and other earthmovers
- Scissor lifts and boom lifts
Help is Available for Columbia Workplace Injuries
If you’ve been hurt in a defective or faulty equipment workplace injury in South Carolina, seek experienced legal help to get you the money you deserve for your injuries. Contact the compassionate and determined Columbia workplace injury lawyers at Peake & Fowler for a free consultation at 803-788-4370.
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