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Work Injuries Caused by Equipment Failure

 Posted on May 29,2024 in Workers' Compensation

CA injury lawyerWorkers in all types of jobs can find themselves trying to recover from injuries caused by accidents at their workplace. Some jobs have a higher risk of injury, like firefighters, professional athletes, and shooting range workers. Others have a seemingly lower risk, including office workers, music teachers, and call center phone operators. Regardless, every single job on the planet has some degree of risk of injury because every job has its own environment and other factors that can influence workplace safety. One common cause of significant workplace injury that could result in granting the injured employee workers’ compensation is equipment failure. If you were injured at your work because of faulty equipment, speak with a skilled Morgan Hill, CA workers’ compensation attorney to understand your rights and options.

3 Things to Do Following an Equipment-Related Workplace Injury

If you get injured at work due to malfunctioning equipment, there are three important things you need to do:

  • Get medical care: Whether you can see your injuries immediately or not, it is important to seek immediate medication attention. Prompt care will ensure that you are treating any injuries and not letting anything go unnoticed and untreated and then possibly get worse. It also means there will be clear medical records documenting exactly how you got injured as a result of the equipment failure. This can become important evidence of your workers’ comp claims later on.
  • Maintain clear records: Another important step is reporting the accident to your employer. Most companies have procedures in place for reporting such incidents. Even if your workplace does not, make sure to inform your employer in writing, preferably by email or in some other way that you can keep your own records as well to show anyone later on. Make sure to include the date and time of the event, the equipment that malfunctioned, what that entailed, and any medical information related to this.
  • Contact a qualified workers’ comp attorney: Lawyers with experience in similar cases will be able to advise you on how best to proceed. They might tell you something you were not expecting, like photograph the equipment that malfunctioned and write down every detail you can remember about the accident, which can help your workers’ comp case later on.

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Santa Clara County, CA Workers’ Comp Lawyer

If you were injured at work because of faulty equipment, a knowledgeable Gilroy, CA workers’ comp attorney can review what happened and advise you whether you have a case for employer neglect that could result in you recovering significant compensation. At Cramer + Martinez we have been representing defendants in our area for almost 30 years and are passionate about protecting our clients’ rights. Call us at 408-848-1113 to schedule a free consultation.

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