Florida Machinery Injury Attorney
Machinery is used in a wide variety of forms in different workplaces, and many people rely on different types of machinery for tasks at home. Whether you are injured while using heavy machinery on a construction site or manufacturing plant, or you sustain injuries while working in your home garage, you may be able to file a claim for financial compensation when the machinery accident resulted from a product defect. Machinery product defects can take many different forms, and it is critical to have an experienced Florida machinery injury attorney evaluate the facts of your case. One of our lawyers can speak with you today about the possibility of filing a product liability lawsuit.
Common Machinery Injuries in Florida
Machinery accidents in Florida can result in many different types of injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The most common types of injuries caused by dangerous or defective machinery include the following:
- Bone fractures;
- Soreness; and
Machinery Injuries in Florida Workplaces and Third-Party Lawsuits
When machinery accidents or any other type of incident results in an injury at a Florida workplace, the Florida workers’ compensation system is typically an exclusive remedy for the injured worker. Under Florida workers’ compensation law, an injured worker who has been harmed by machinery at work does not need to prove that an employer or coworker was negligent in order to seek compensation, and the injured worker can still obtain workers’ compensation benefits even if his or her own negligence played a role in causing the accident or injury. In order for the workers’ compensation system to be a no-fault system, it is also an exclusive remedy, which means the injured worker cannot sue an employer or co-worker for negligence.
However, there are key exceptions. In particular, when injuries are caused by machinery product defect, the injured worker can be eligible to file a third-party lawsuit against the maker of the machine. To be clear, if a defect in the design, manufacture, or marketing of a piece of machinery resulted in workplace injuries, the injured worker may be eligible to file a product liability lawsuit.
Types of Machinery Involved in Florida Accidents and Injuries
What types of machinery and equipment are most commonly involved in machinery accidents in Florida? The following are some of the types of machinery that are often cited in serious and fatal accidents:
- Forklifts; and
- Pallet jacks.
Many other types of machinery can also be hazardous and defective, and you should seek advice from an attorney who can help you with your case.
Seek Advice from an Experienced Florida Machinery Injury Attorney
If you were injured while using a piece of machinery, whether you were at work or elsewhere, you may be eligible to file a product liability lawsuit against the maker of the product or a retailer. Our Florida machinery injury lawyers can assess your case today and can assist you with the claims process from start to finish. Contact Halpern Santos & Pinkert, P.A. today for more information.