Talk to a Long Island Manufacturing Accident Lawyer Today about Recovering the Compensation You Deserve
Working in manufacturing is both a rewarding and dangerous occupation. While you get to see the fruits of your labor come to life, you also face serious injury risks on a daily basis. If you have been injured on the job, you may be entitled to compensation, and you should speak with a Long Island manufacturing accident attorney promptly.
Whether you are a mechanical engineer or draftsman, you manage a manufacturing plant, or you work as an instrument technician or CNC operator, your job entails injury risks. The same is true for administrative personnel, quality control inspectors, assembly line workers and others. No matter what you do, you have clear legal rights, and you need to hire an experienced attorney to help you assert your rights when you get injured on the job.
Common Causes of Manufacturing Accidents
Employees who work in manufacturing plants and other facilities face many of the same risks as employees who work in other environments. For example, the following are all common causes of manufacturing accidents:
- Slips, Trips and Falls – In manufacturing plants and near assembly lines, slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents can be especially dangerous. There are lots of objects that workers can hit as they fall that can cause severe traumatic injuries.
- Tool and Equipment Issues – Issues with tools and equipment can present extremely dangerous situations for manufacturing workers who expect these items to work as intended. When a tool or piece of manufacturing equipment is defective or malfunctions, the consequences can often be devastating.
- Collisions with Objects and Equipment – Collisions with manufacturing equipment, forklifts, storage shelves, raw materials, and other objects and equipment can also cause various types of serious injuries.
- Flying and Falling Objects – Objects that fall off of shelves, fly out of manufacturing equipment and fall off of assembly lines are frequent causes of injury for manufacturing workers in all different occupations.
- Repetitive Motion – Repetitive motion is a leading cause of on-the-job injuries for workers in many industries, including manufacturing. Lifting, bending, twisting and performing the same tasks with your hands day after day can cause the body to break down and lead to debilitating injuries.
- Failure to Follow Safety Protocols – Unfortunately, many manufacturing workers face injury risks because their employers fail to follow adequate safety protocols. Lack of eye protection, failure to properly install machine guarding and numerous other safety issues present serious risks for manufacturing workers on the job.
In addition to these common risks, many manufacturing workers face unique injury risks as well. For example, manufacturing workers also frequently suffer serious injuries due to:
- Assembly line malfunctions
- Boring, cutting, drilling and milling tool malfunctions and misuse
- Laser, oxy-fuel and plasma cutting equipment malfunctions and misuse
- Chemical machining and electrical machining accidents
- Robotic manufacturing equipment errors and malfunctions
- Forklift and crane accidents in manufacturing facilities
Common Injuries Among Manufacturing Workers
Due to the wide range of issues that can lead to manufacturing accidents, manufacturing workers can suffer a broad range of job-related injuries. While many workers will heal from their injuries, some will experience permanent disabilities, chronic pain and other lifelong complications. At Turley Redmond & Rosasco, L.L.P., each Long Island manufacturing accident lawyer helps workers seek just compensation for injuries including (but not limited to):
- Back pain
- Bone fractures
- Burns (from heat, chemicals and electrical exposure)
- Hearing loss
- Loss of digits and limbs
- Nerve damage
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Severe lacerations
- Sprains, strains and tears
Whether you need a cast to heal a broken bone, stitches to heal a cut or rest to recover from a concussion, it is extremely important that you see a doctor promptly. It is also extremely important that you follow your doctor’s advice while you recover. If you attempt to get back to work too soon, not only could you put your recovery at risk, but you could put your legal rights at risk as well.
Your Legal Rights After a Manufacturing Accident on Long Island
If you work in manufacturing on Long Island and have been injured on the job, you may have several different options for recovering your medical bills, lost income, and other losses. A Long Island manufacturing accident attorney at Turley Redmond & Rosasco, L.L.P. can determine if you are eligible to file one or more of the following:
1. Workers’ Compensation Claim
Most manufacturing workers on Long Island are eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits when they get injured on the job. Our attorneys can help you file for these “no-fault” benefits, and we can help make sure you obtain the full amount you are entitled to recover. You need to take several steps to file for workers’ compensation, and it is important that you get started right away.
2. Disability Claim
You may also qualify to apply for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits. These benefits are available to manufacturing workers who have earned enough “credits” through their employment. Similar to workers’ compensation, while SSDI benefits are paid on a “no-fault” basis, successfully applying for benefits is challenging. As a result, it is important to have an experienced lawyer on your side.
3. Product Defect or Other Third-Party Claim
If your manufacturing accident involved a tool, piece of equipment or machinery, or other product, you may have a claim against its manufacturer. Product defects can cause sudden and unexpected accidents, and they can often have severe consequences. In many cases, injured manufacturing workers will have “third party” claims against facility owners, equipment repair shops, delivery companies, and other companies as well.
Talk to a Long Island Manufacturing Accident Attorney for Free
What compensation are you entitled to receive for your on-the-job injury? To find out, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a Long Island manufacturing accident attorney at Turley Redmond & Rosasco, L.L.P. You can reach us 24/7, so call 516-745-5666 or tell us about your accident online now.