Strong Advocacy After A Heavy Equipment Accident
Any injury in the workplace can be serious, but if you work with heavy equipment at a construction site, chances are high that an accident could cause severe and even permanent damage. If you have suffered an accident while using heavy equipment, turn to a law firm with lawyers who have been helping injured workers for decades.
The attorneys at Golitko & Daly, P.C., have the experience and skill necessary to pursue meaningful results on your behalf. Our team includes firm partner John Daly, who focuses his practice mainly on construction accident cases and is an Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA)-certified construction accident attorney. Our team also includes an attorney who is a registered nurse and another who is a licensed physical therapist and athletic trainer. Our full-service approach includes helping you assess the full extent of your injuries and the medical care you will need to help you recover.
Steps To Take After Your Accident
The first and most important step for you to take when you are injured at work is to seek medical care. Whether you think your injury is minor or severe, you need to have a professional take a look. Some injuries, such as head or spinal cord injuries, can worsen over the days following an accident. Early medical care can make a big difference.
Other steps we recommend include:
- File a claim with your employer: You only have 30 days to file a workers’ compensation claim in Indiana, so you need to do this as soon as possible.
- Keep track of your case: Make sure you save your records regarding medical care, transportation, missed work and any other related costs.
- Call our office: The sooner you get in touch with one of our attorneys, the sooner we can review your claim and begin the process of recovering compensation on your behalf.
Throughout the process, your job will continue to be step one. Follow your doctor’s recommendation for care and put your health and safety first. Let our firm worry about the legal case.
Who Is At Fault For Your Accident?
Many people who suffer a workplace injury worry that they somehow caused their accident. Workers’ compensation laws do not generally look at issues of negligence or liability. In most cases, you are entitled to benefits no matter how the accident happened. For example, if you failed to check behind you and tipped the backhoe into a ditch, you are just as entitled to compensation as if someone else had accidentally hit you with the backhoe arm. There are a few exceptions to this rule you should be aware of, however, including:
- Willful misconduct: Your employer is not subject to a negligence case from an injured employee unless the employee can show that someone on the job intentionally caused the injury.
- Outside contractors: Construction sites often include people from multiple companies working together. If someone from another company causes your accident, you can bring a third-party lawsuit against them for their negligence.
- Defective equipment or machinery: If your heavy equipment malfunctioned in some way that led to your accident, you may have a claim against the manufacturer or the company in charge of maintaining the equipment.
No matter how the accident happened, our skilled attorneys can help you determine the benefits and other compensation you have the right to recover.
Schedule Your Free Case Review Today
When you are ready to get started on your claim, we will be ready to offer a free consultation to review your case. You can send us an email or call us. You can reach our Indianapolis office at 317-566-9600, our Kokomo office at 765-865-9300 or our Bloomington office at 812-566-2600.