Long Island Unsafe Equipment Lawyer

Have you suffered serious injuries on the job on Long Island because of an accident involving unsafe or defective equipment? If so, you could be entitled to financial compensation for what you’ve suffered, and The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., can pursue it for you.

We’re proud to help injured workers like you on Long Island, and we have recovered over half a billion dollars for our clients. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our experienced Long Island unsafe equipment attorneys and find out how we can seek the money you deserve through a product liability lawsuit or other type of personal injury case. 

Why You Need Our Lawyers After Long Island Machinery Accidents

Securing high-quality legal help after an accident can make all the difference in your financial recovery. The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., stands ready to serve as an advocate and legal resource to compassionately approach your situation and effectively pursue your claim. 

An experienced Long Island unsafe equipment attorney with our law firm can: 

  • Investigate the accident and identify all liable parties – Our lawyers can thoroughly investigate your case to determine the cause of your accident and who might be to blame. Our analysis can be critical for identifying all liable parties and exploring multiple avenues for potential compensation including potential Labor Law and third-party lawsuits in addition to workers’ compensation benefits. 
  • Calculate the full extent of your losses – You may not fully realize the extent of your injuries or how much they might be worth. Our previous experience with Long Island workplace injury claims informs our assessment of your case and how we can pursue its total value for you. 
  • Pursue the maximum compensation you deserve – Our attorneys can seek compensation to cover your losses by handling your workers’ comp and possible personal injury claims, negotiating with insurance companies, and presenting your case at trial, if needed. 

What Is Unsafe Equipment, and What Types of Accidents Does It Cause?

Unsafe equipment includes heavy machinery typically used in the construction, manufacturing, mining, utilities, transportation, and other industries. Practically any piece of equipment can become unsafe through poor design, manufacturing defects, lapsed maintenance, incorrect usage, or physical damage to the machine’s parts. 

Common examples of unsafe equipment on Long Island work sites include:  

  • Damaged scaffolding or ladders
  • Faulty electrical equipment
  • Inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Broken safety harnesses
  • Defective lifting and hoisting equipment
  • Malfunctioning power tools 

These workplace hazards could lead to various unsafe equipment accidents, including: 

  • Falls from heights
  • Collisions
  • Slip and trip accidents
  • Electrocutions
  • Struck-by or pinned accidents
  • Crushing accidents
  • Fires and explosions

Injuries Caused by Unsafe Equipment on Long Island

Heavy machinery’s sheer mass, weight, and force can lead to serious injuries like the following: 

  • Crushing injuries – Getting stuck between heavy objects or machinery can cause severe trauma to the body when body parts become compressed. Such serious injuries could result in disability, chronic pain, and even death. 
  • Severe burns – Exposure to hot temperatures from exhaust pipes and engines, contact with chemical solvents or acids, and electric shock from faulty wiring or exposed wires can cause painful chemical, thermal, or electrical burns. 
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) – Falls from heights, collisions, and struck-by equipment accidents can cause concussions, brain bleeding, or other brain injuries causing long-term cognitive damage. 
  • Spinal cord injuries – Spine injuries from heavy lifting or forceful contact with equipment can cause chronic pain, degenerative disc injuries, limited mobility, and, in some cases, paralysis. 
  • Amputations – Losing a limb because of an injury caused by unsafe equipment will force you to adjust and adapt your daily routines. This intense change to your body and life can be emotionally devastating. 
  • Broken bones – It can take months to heal fractured bones in the arms, legs, spine, pelvis, back, or other areas of the body stemming from collisions or caught-between accidents. 
  • Cuts and lacerations – Sharp, unguarded parts of machinery can slash open the skin, causing bleeding that could lead to infection or scarring. You may need sutures or surgery to close severe open wounds. 
  • Internal organ damage – Puncturing the lungs, kidneys, liver, or spleen can cause internal bleeding, which, when left untreated, is life-threatening. 

Who Could Be Liable for a Long Island Unsafe Equipment Accident? 

Employers are legally responsible for keeping their workplaces safe for their workers and lawful visitors. Specifically, New York’s Labor Law Section 200 also holds property owners and contractors accountable for maintaining safe workplaces. New York law allows construction workers to bring claims if they were injured on the job either due to unsafe equipment or unsafe means, methods, or manner of completing work. 

Because of this, multiple parties could assume liability for a serious injury caused by a heavy equipment accident in New York, including: 

  • Your employer – Your employer is responsible for keeping your workplace safe, maintaining equipment, and enforcing safety procedures for everyone on the construction site. 
  • Property owners – The property owner could be liable for your accident if it occurred due to unsafe conditions on their premises. 
  • Contractors – Site operators and managers might be legally responsible if they fail to keep a safe job site. 
  • Subcontractors – Other workers on the site not employed by your employer might be liable if they did not perform their jobs safely.
  • Product manufacturers – The company that manufactured the piece of heavy equipment in question might be liable for your injuries if they occurred because of a manufacturing defect or design defect in the product.

What Damages Can Injured Construction Workers Recover?

The loss of income and skyrocketing medical bills can make you anxious about your future. Workers’ compensation is a crucial safety net, but you might be entitled to more money than it provides. With our lawyer’s help and guidance for added support, you can seek compensation through a personal injury claim to cover losses like the following:

  • Current and future medical bills, including ER visits, surgery costs, and rehab
  • Total value of lost wages
  • Loss of future earning capacity 
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

How Our Lawyers Help People Hurt by Dangerous Equipment on Long Island 

If you are a construction worker injured in an unsafe equipment accident on a Long Island worksite, you need legal representation while seeking compensation. Whether filing a workers’ compensation claim or pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, the legal team at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., is equipped to handle it all for you.

Our experienced Long Island workplace accident lawyers are ready to fight for the maximum compensation you deserve to heal and move on with your life. Contact us for a free initial consultation with a Long Island unsafe equipment attorney about your legal rights to recover compensation. Let’s get started on your claim today.