Although factory and warehouses are supposed to be safe, working in a factory or warehouse comes with some possible risks of injuries that are not present in other occupations and on other premises. Because of the prevalence of heavy machinery and equipment, these occupations pose a significantly greater risk of injury than many other occupations. To add to the risk of injury, some factories and warehouses are not kept up to safety codes, machinery may not be kept in top shape, and negligent acts may occur. There are a number of factory or warehouse accidents that take place. These factory or warehouse accidents and injuries include: forklift accidents, falling inventory injuries, loading dock accidents, conveyor belt injuries,slip and fall injuries, exposure to chemicals and lifting injuries.
Factory or Warehouse Accidents and Workers' Compensation
When factory or warehouse accidents occur on the job,workers' compensation benefits should cover a good portion of the financial damages suffered by the worker including lost wages and medical benefits. Under the laws of the state of New York, workers' compensation benefits cover medical care and wage replacement regardless of who is at fault. Pain and suffering, however, is not cover by workers' compensation in the state of New York.
When factory or warehouse accidents occur and workers' compensation benefits do not cover the full extent of the injured party's damages, the injured party may be left wondering what he or she can do. This is because most warehouse and factory employers are indemnified against lawsuits except for in the specific instance of safety violations. Manufacturers of equipment, and subcontractors, however, may not be protected from lawsuits which arise from injuries at factories and warehouses.
What a Personal Injury Attorney Can Do for You
If you are the victim of a work related accident in a factory or warehouse and have suffered injury as a result, if may be wise to retain the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney to make sure that you receive the maximum settlement or jury verdict for your injuries. A knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney can help you collect the maximum amount of workers' compensation appropriate for the injuries which you sustained. Furthermore, the in instances where is it appropriate to do so, the personal injury attorney can file a lawsuit on your behalf against the factory or warehouse employer or a third-party liability claim to recover damages for your injuries.