Conveyor belts can be one of the most dangerous industrial machines in factories and construction sites across our nation posing a risk of serious workplace injuries and fatalities. Accidents involving conveyor belts usually take place during work activities, while cleaning or conducting maintenance the machines, attempting to un-jam accumulated debris, and adjusting the conveyor belts speed. If you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries due to a conveyor belt accident contact our workplace personal injury law firm. Our experienced and esteemed attorney will fight for your right to receive full and just compensation for the injuries you have suffered.
Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to pursue your claim, sue the liable party or entity, and fight for the payout that you are owed. If you are ready to discuss your legal options with the experts at our firm, contact us today. We are ready to help you.
Common injuries resulting from conveyor belt accident include:
- Severe neck and spine injuries
- Separated shoulder
- Facial injuries
- Serious head injuries
- Fractures vertebrate and broken bones
- Shearing and hand crush injuries
- Injuries involving body parts or clothing getting caught in the machinery
Regardless of the harm that you or a loved one suffered in an incident with a conveyor belt, it is important that you explore your legal options, as you might have grounds to sue.
Causes of Conveyor belt Accidents
Accidents involving conveyor belts are usually mechanical in nature. Other common causes of conveyor belt accidents include (1) User negligence (2) failure to properly inspect (3) failure to maintain conveyor belt (4) failure to properly train and (5) Lack of proper warning as to the hazards associated with the use of conveyor belts (6) failure to install safeguards to protect users.
Removal of Safety Guard: In many factories managers and owners or in some instance other employee remove safety guards during operation for the purpose of increasing productivity and allow for easier access to the belt during work. It is ultimately the responsibility of the business owner to make sure safety guards remain intact. Failure to meet those requirement will be regarded as a negligent cause of a workers injuries.
Business Owner Liability – Steps needed to take to avoid conveyor belt accidents: Business owners are responsible for the safety of their workers. They must take proper steps to ensure a hazard free environment. Some of the steps factory owners are responsible for to occupational safety include:
- Identifying the hazards associated with the use of the machine
- Estimate the risks and types of severe injuries which can take place
- Instill proper safety devises or guards to reduce or eliminated the danger
- Place proper warning sings
- Provide protective clothing and face guards
- Supervise and train workers as to the proper use of the conveyor belt
Can I File a Workers Compensation Claim?
If the conveyor belt incident that led to your injuries occurred in the workplace, you could have grounds to file a workers compensation claim regardless of who is at fault. In California, employers (with few exceptions) are required to carry workers compensation insurance. In the case of accidents on the job, injured employees can apply for workers compensation and get a number of benefits, which can include the costs of medical treatment, temporary disability payments, permanent disability payments, etc. Disability pay is typically two-thirds of regular wages. If you file for workers comp and get benefits, then you no longer have the option to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, if your boss does not carry workers compensation insurance, there is not enough coverage, or your claim is denied, you can actually file a personal injury claim.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Filing a personal injury case can be more beneficial than filing a workers’ comp claim – specifically in terms of how much you could recover. If you file a successful personal injury lawsuit, you could be eligible to recover compensation for the following: medical costs, future medical costs, lost earnings, future lost earnings, pain and suffering, punitive damages, legal costs.
If you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit, you will need to be able to prove that the incident and the harm that you suffered was caused by the negligent actions of your employer. In contrast, you wouldn’t have to prove liability if you file for workers compensation. If you are unsure of whether you should file a personal injury lawsuit or a workers compensation claim, simply contact our experts. Our lawyers are ready to guide you every step of the way and help you take the appropriate action.
Accidents Caused by Defective Conveyor Belts – Filing for Defective Products
Like any other products, products that are common in the workplace can be defective. Product manufactures have a duty to ensure that their products are completely safe to be used. These products must be free of any defects in design, manufacturing, and labeling. When product manufacturers fail to identify and address the hazards present in their products, then they can be liable for any resulting harm – this is based on product liability. You could file a product liability lawsuit against the product manufacturer for harm caused by a product defect.
What if the defect developed as a result of the employer’s failure to maintain or repair the product? In some cases, the defect develops over time as a direct result of the employer’s actions or lack of action. In these cases, the employer would actually be liable for any resulting harm, as they have the duty to maintain their premises (the workplace) free of any hazards that could lead to incidents.
What is the Average Case Value of Conveyor Belt Incidents?
The answer to this question will depend on the details surround the claim – one of the most important being the severity of the injuries suffered in the accident. Although it is not possible to determine one value that can apply to all conveyor belt accident claims, it is possible to give estimates based on the details surrounding each specific incident. For instance, cases with only minor injuries can be worth under $150,000. Cases with moderate injuries can be worth around $350,000. Cases with severe injuries can be worth about $750,000. Of course, it is also possible for cases to reach and sometimes even surpass the million-dollar mark.
For more information about the possible value of your conveyor belt accident case and how much you could potentially recover if your claim is successful, contact us today. Our lawyers are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to win and recover the payout that you are owed.
California Work Injury Lawsuits – Our Attorneys are here to help:
If you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries due to a conveyor belt accident contact the a defective product attorney form the Downtown LA Law Firm. We offer all victim of personal injury a free consultation where we will be able to determine the best legal course of action so that you can be compensated for your damages. We don’t charge attorneys fees until we win your case.
We are proud to offer free legal services to anyone in need of legal help after a conveyer belt accident. During our free consultations, our lawyers will be available to answer all of your questions and address all of your concerns. You can trust that our expert injury attorneys will provide you with the guidance that you need to better understand your legal options.
Free Second Opinions
We also offer free second opinions. If you have already started the legal process elsewhere, we can evaluate your claim and provide you with an objective opinion. Whether you are just trying to understand things better or you are looking to switch representation, our experts can help you. If you would like to schedule a free second opinion, contact us today.
Our free legal services are available as part of our Zero-Fee guarantee. This means that you will never be required to pay upfront legal fees for any of our legal services. In addition, we work strictly on contingency; therefore, our clients will only have to pay legal fees if their claims are successful. If you don’t win, you simply will not be responsible for paying legal costs.
If you are ready to discuss your legal options with the experts at our law firm, contact us today.
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