Many of the scenes where construction workers do their job can be the setting for an unwanted accident. A type of construction accident that workers can become injured is getting caught in or in between objects. These accidents can occur suddenly and with little to no time to brace for a potential impact. Getting caught in between objects such as machinery - even if it was for less than a minute - can lead to serious injuries. When these accidents do occur, it is important to know what steps they can take to ensure they are well taken care of.
Here we take a look at the “ins and outs” of getting caught in or in between objects at work. Unlike personal injury cases that involve car accidents where there is typically clear who was the person responsible for the accident to occur, injuries that occur at construction sites can sometimes leave the injured victim confused as to whom to file the claim against. For this reason, we discuss how a personal injury attorney can prove negligence when information regarding the accident is blurry, and we note several ways that workers can help a personal injury attorney in building their case. Let’s begin.
Being Caught in or In Between Objects at Work
There is a variety of ways workers can get caught in or in between objects at their job. As mentioned earlier, these accidents typically occur with very little to no warning, and even if the accident itself lasted a couple of seconds, it could be enough to make serious damage to a person’s body.
Types of Accidents and Injuries
There are many ways that a worker can be caught in or in between objects. Some of these accidents occur involve heavy machinery, but others involve everyday objects such as vehicles. Here is only a sample of many ways a worker can get caught in or in between objects:
- Having an arm or leg stuck in a moving machine that was not supposed to be on
- Being caught in a fallen slab of concrete
- Being struck by a heavy object and getting caught in between that object and a wall
- Being hit by a vehicle and getting stuck between the vehicle and machinery
- Falling into a machine
All of these accident types can involve serious injuries. Having an arm caught in the components of a rotary machine, for example, can lead to broken bones and torn muscles. Other injuries include traumatic brain injuries, amputation of an arm or leg, organ damage, bone fractures, muscle strains and sprains, and even death. These injuries are not something to be taken lightly. On the contrary, immediate medical attention should be given to a worker that has been caught in or in between objects, especially if it is not entirely clear whether or not there are internal injuries.
Not all jobs involve the possibility of a worker being injured by being stuck in between objects. However, there are job settings that workers may be exposed to these accidents, such as:
- Construction workers
- Crane operators
- Machinery operators
- Food processing workers
- Warehouse workers
- Forklift operators
- Car mechanics
You can notice that not all jobs involve construction settings because there are jobs that involve operating machinery outside of a construction site. For example, car mechanics can become injured if the car they are working on suddenly falls on them due to equipment failure. Similarly, people who work at food processing plants can become injured if the machine they accidently place their arm in a meat processing machine. These injuries can be equally painful to accidents involving heavy machinery, and should be given the attention and care they need.
Your Case Matters
If you were injured at your job, it is important that you hire a personal injury attorney to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Don’t settle for a small insurance offer. We’ll fight for your rights as a victim of a personal injury.
Types of Settlements
Workers who have been injured by getting caught in or in between objects should contact a personal injury attorney due to several reasons. One of the biggest reasons is that workers can receive greater settlement amounts that they would otherwise have not received had they pursued a claim by themselves. The insurance companies of their jobs can only provide a minimal amount of money to cover a portion of the medical expenses. This is a very common practice that insurance adjusters do in order to save the amount of money their companies have to pay, which in turn saves their company money (and probably ensures that the adjuster gets a raise).
Settlement amounts can range between several thousands of dollars for minimal injuries, to millions of dollars, especially if the injury involved loss of limb or a form of long-term disability (as discussed below).
Accident-related expenses such as lost wages as a result of taking time off for medical treatment, medical bills, pain and suffering, and more can be compensated for in a personal injury claim. Insurance companies often only focus on providing compensation for medical bills, and as we discussed, many times they only offer to cover a portion of the medical expenses. Also,
In order for a personal case to be successful, negligence must be proven. Negligence is where an accident was caused by the fault of another party. In this case, the accident can be caused by the negligence of the workplace, the company that manufactured the machine, or both. There can also be other factors involved, which is where personal injury attorneys come in.
Personal injury attorneys gather documentation, records, witness testimonies, video camera footage, and more. Two important ways that an injured worker can help in a case involving being caught in or in between objects is by getting immediate medical treatment and starting a personal injury claim immediately. The first makes sure the worker gets their injuries treated and starts a paper trail, and the latter makes sure the worker has only one thing to worry about: recovering. At the Anderson Law Firm, we take care of the entire claims process for the injured party, involving contacting the insurance company, making sure they get medical treatment, and fighting for our client’s rights.
Don’t fight the personal injury case by yourself - let the Anderson Law Firm give you the full justice you deserve.