Work-related injuries are compensable under workers’ compensation laws and benefits, but oftentimes workers’ comp benefits are not enough to make an injured person whole after a devastating accident. If your work-related injury was caused by an unreasonably hazardous work environment or a defective piece of machinery or other equipment, you may be entitled to pursue damages through a personal injury claim.
Employers and others might share liability
Take, for example, the Marshfield man killed in a heavy equipment accident. Authorities reported he was killed while changing a tire on a large truck at the All-Town Septic Services Company on Lone Street in Marshfield. The tire exploded and a piece of the debris hit his head. He died alone beside the truck.
The man’s family may recover workers’ comp benefits, but they may also be entitled to wrongful death damages if the tire he was working on was defective.
In another example, one of the worst workplace tragedies in the United States occurred when a processing plant in North Carolina caught fire. Twenty-five people died because many of the emergency exits were locked and workers couldn’t get out. They burned to death due to the negligence of the plant’s owners and managers.
Common industrial injuries
Industrial accidents and other accidents in the workplace are responsible for numerous severe injuries each year, including:
- Severe lacerations
- Traumatic head, neck and spinal injuries
- Brain injuries
- Chemical burns
Workers who were severely injured on the job should contact a accident injury lawyer in Boston for a case evaluation. Time restrictions apply to personal injury claims, so act quickly to avoid losing the right to seek additional compensation.