Delaware Workplace Injuries: Equipment, Machinery or Tool-related Accidents at Work

Protecting the rights of injured employees from our offices in Newark, Seaford and Wilmington, DE

Workers in fields and industries that rely heavily on the use of equipment and machinery in order to do their jobs – such as construction, manufacturing, mining and transportation – are exposed to the possibility of getting injured if they do not follow every safety precaution available to them. Even when safety precautions are followed, there are times when the machinery or equipment itself is either defective, or it is not working as it should. Defective or malfunctioning equipment, machinery or tools can cause serious injuries and have deadly consequences for employees.

Silverman, McDonald & Friedman is a Delaware law firm with workers’ compensation attorneys who serve as strong advocates for the rights of employees who have been injured on the job. We help workers understand their rights and we do everything in our power to make sure that they get the compensation they deserve when they have been hurt during the course of their daily work tasks.

Workplace injuries caused by defective machinery, equipment, or tools

Defective machinery, equipment or tools creates a dangerous situation for workers who must use that equipment to do their jobs. Being caught in or compressed by equipment or objects is one of the top ten leading causes of workplace injuries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It is responsible for 3.5 percent of disabling workplace injuries and cost the U.S. economy approximately $2.1 billion in 2012. According to OSHA, 12 of the 874 deaths in the construction industry in 2014 were caused by a worker being caught in machinery at work, and one of the most frequently cited OSHA violations involves machinery and machine guarding.

At our firm, we have handled countless cases involving defective machinery and equipment. Those cases often included:

  • Factory machines
  • Cranes
  • Forklifts
  • Bulldozers
  • Tractors
  • Dump trucks
  • Jackhammers
  • Nail guns
  • Drills
  • Table saws
  • Belt sanders
  • Defective scaffolding or ladders
  • Defective conveyor belts

When a worker suffers a serious injury caused by defective equipment at work, they may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim when the injury happened at work and during the course of their regular duties. The injured worker may be eligible to receive medical benefits related to the workplace injury, and partial replacement of their regular income for the time they spend recuperating from their injuries. At Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, we help you through the process of filing that claim, and offer guidance and advice to help you move forward, even when it seems like your world is ending.

Products liability third party lawsuit for defective machinery and equipment

Product manufacturers owe a duty to provide products that work in the way they are supposed to. When a manufacturer delivers products that are defective in their design or in how they are made, those who are injured due to those defects or malfunctions may be able to file a products liability lawsuit in order to recover compensation for their injuries. If the employee happens to die in the accident, their spouse or immediate relatives may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

While workers are generally not allowed to bring a lawsuit against their employer, they can take legal action against the product manufacturer for their defective product. An experienced personal injury lawyer from Silverman, McDonald & Friedman will investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident to make sure that it was indeed defective equipment that caused the injury.

Trust a knowledgeable Delaware workers’ compensation lawyer to seek compensation after a workplace injury

Choose a firm that knows how to handle workplace injuries caused by defective equipment. Silverman, McDonald & Friedman is proud of their more than 100 years of collective experience serving injured clients. You are welcome to fill out our contact form or call us today at 302-888-2900 for a free initial consultation. We have offices in Newark, Wilmington, Seaford, and throughout Delaware.