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 60 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 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.
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 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:
You may have a cause of action against your employer for taking these intentional and egregious actions that jeopardized your safety.
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.