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Worker reported in stable condition after Stop & Shop mishap
The right hand of a Stop & Shop employee was mangled after he reached into a bottle-return machine. The hand was so badly maimed that “it was unsalvageable,” reported the New York Daily News. It is believed the 46-year-old worker was either cleaning the machine or trying to remove some glass. His co-workers found him trapped and calling for help. The accident occurred at the Flatbush Avenue store in Brooklyn.
Machinery accidents in the workplace usually have common causes
Typically, accidents involving machines are caused by defective or improperly maintained machines, or inadequate training in their use. Investigation is important to cases involving machinery, especially if a worker seeks benefits beyond workers’ compensation.
When an on-the-job injury is caused by a machine or other piece of workplace equipment that failed to work properly, is defective, or is inherently dangerous, the manufacturer of the machine or equipment may be held responsible for the injury.
Injury may also be caused by inadequate safety protection.
Someone at the work site may have removed guards or tampered with a safety switch. If an injury was caused by poorly maintained machinery, the employer may be responsible. In any of these situations, the third party could have to compensate the injured victim for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Personal injury lawyer can help workers seriously hurt Workers who have been injured by a machine or other job-site equipment may be entitled to compensation for the injuries that resulted from the accident.
Under the workers’ compensation system of New York State, employees injured on a worksite are entitled to medical care and weekly benefits for job-related injuries. While workers are not required to have a lawyer to file for workers’ compensation, it is in an injured worker’s best interests to have one.
A New York workers’ comp lawyer knows what steps to take to make sure a claim is filed correctly and can help a worker receive full benefits for the workplace accident. A lawyer can also help a worker determine all of the responsible parties and all of the possible avenues that should be pursued for the compensation an injured worker deserves.