Like many of your neighbors, you must work to support yourself and your family members. If your job requires using equipment, you must realize that damaged or poorly maintained tools can leave you with a life-altering injury. Not only can such an injury make performing your job duties nearly impossible, but it can also destroy your overall quality of life.
From traumatic brain injuries to paralysis, serious injuries are not exactly rare when working with damaged or poorly maintained equipment. If you sustain an on-the-job injury because of bad equipment, you likely have some options for pursuing fair compensation.
Usually, equipment-related injuries do not occur for no reason. On the contrary, negligence usually plays a part. Typically, there are three possibilities. First, your employer may have failed to properly maintain the equipment that caused your injury. Alternatively, the equipment’s manufacturer may have made a defective product. Finally, either you or someone with whom you work may have misused the equipment.
Your employer has workers’ compensation insurance to pay for job-related injuries. As such, this coverage is the most common way to receive compensation for the injuries you may sustain at work. You can receive benefits whether you or your employer contributed to your injuries. That is, you do not have to prove negligence or fault to pursue workers’ compensation benefits.
In situations where an employer or product manufacturer is clearly at fault for broken or improperly maintained equipment, a personal injury suit may be necessary. This is especially true if you have sustained a serious injury that caused your spouse to experience pain and suffering or loss of consortium. Still, the intersection of workers’ compensation and personal injury is complex. You should understand your options under each theory before proceeding with either one.
Your employer has an obligation to keep the equipment you regularly use in good condition. While an equipment-related injury at work may render you incapable of providing for yourself and your family, you have some options for receiving compensation.