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Defective Machinery

Compensation for Injuries Caused by Defective Machinery

New Jersey workers compensation and products liability recovery

Workers in the agricultural, manufacturing, construction, mining and transportation industries use dangerous tools and machinery to perform their jobs. When these machines work correctly, workers can usually avoid the risk of injury. However, malfunctioning equipment can become a death trap or cause permanent severe disabilities.

Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC has advocated for the rights of injured workers for more than 65 years. If you were injured or your loved one was killed in a workplace machinery accident, our workers compensation lawyers evaluate all of your legal options and take decisive steps to secure the financial recovery you deserve.

Workers compensation claims for on-the-job machine injuries

Workers compensation is intended to provide you with prompt medical care and income replacement while you recover from your injury. Unfortunately, the process for obtaining your rightful benefits from the State of New Jersey Division of Workers’ Compensation is unnecessarily complicated. Our attorneys guide you through the bureaucratic procedures of filing your initial claim with the government department. We also file appeals of unfairly denied claims, which are much too common in the system.

Products liability lawsuits involving defective equipment

Often, workplace accidents result from defects in the design, manufacturing or upkeep of equipment, rather than from user error. We analyze the circumstances surrounding your injuries to determine whether you have a valid products liability cause of action against the manufacturers or vendors responsible for producing the defective product.

Employers’ responsibilities to maintain equipment

Employers can make equipment safer by implementing important safety measures and maintaining their machines. In addition, OSHA prohibits employers from removing safety features from equipment. However, profit-making sometimes motivates supervisors to take cost-cutting measures, such as:

  • Buying inferior equipment or parts
  • Forgoing needed repairs on machinery
  • Refusing to remove broken machinery from use on the work site
  • Removing equipment safeguards that hinder speed of production
  • Refusing to pay operators for machinery training sessions
  • Failing to supply safety tools, such as goggles, gloves and dust masks
  • Ignoring complaints about malfunctioning equipment

You may have a cause of action against your employer for taking these intentional and egregious actions that jeopardized your safety.

Recover your rightful compensation for workplace machinery injuries in New Jersey

For more information about recovering damages for injuries resulting from defective machinery, call Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC at 862-263-0770 or contact us online to schedule your one-hour free initial consultation. With offices in Elmwood Park, Dover, Bernardsville and Newton, we’re always accessible to you.

  • In 2020, we settled or won, at trial/mediation/arbitration, 112 personal injury cases. Our clients recovered over ten million dollars. Our firm set a record in 2020 by settling 15 cases for $200,000.00 or more. In the last eleven years, we have settled/won over one thousand cases and our clients have recovered over 100 million dollars.
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  • Results may vary depeding on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
Our Offices
  • Dover Office
    77 Union Street, Suite 2A
    Corner of Rt. 46 and Union Street
    Dover, New Jersey 07801
    Phone: 973-366-3900
    Fax: 973-813-3360
  • Newton Office
    93 Spring Street
    Suite 406
    Newton, New Jersey 07860
    Phone: 973-512-2207
    Fax: 973-813-3360
  • Elmwood Park Office
    One Broadway
    Suite 304
    Elmwood Park, New Jersey 07470
    Phone: 862-263-0770
    Fax: 973-813-3360
  • Bernardsville Office
    150 Morristown Road
    Suite 103
    Bernardsville, New Jersey 07924
    Phone: 862-263-0770
    Fax: 973-813-3360