Whether you work in construction, agriculture, or another industry where heavy machinery is common, you understand the risks this equipment can pose to your health and safety. Accidents involving heavy machines can result in life-altering injuries and even death, along with a number of financial and emotional consequences.
In these situations, you may be eligible for funding through a workers’ compensation claim. The Atlanta heavy machinery injury attorneys at Hilley & Frieder, P.C. are here to help you apply for these benefits and begin your journey to recovery.
The term heavy machinery refers to heavy-duty vehicles that employees use to complete various tasks, usually in the agricultural or construction sectors. Common types of heavy machinery include the following:
The sheer size and weight of these machines, along with their dangerous and destructive purposes, can cause serious injury to workers who use them. Traumatic brain injuries, internal organ damage, broken bones, amputations, and spinal cord damage are some common consequences of heavy machinery accidents — all of which have the ability to seriously impact your quality of life.
If you are in an accident involving heavy machinery while performing your work-related duties, you may qualify for benefits under Georgia’s workers’ compensation program. These benefits provide compensation for your medical expenses and wage replacement, regardless of fault or negligence.
You can receive up to 400 weeks of medical care costs for most injuries. If you have a catastrophic injury, a prosthetic device replacement, or other medical equipment replacement needs, the timeline extends.
If you are unable to work due to your injury or unable to perform the same job when you return to work, Georgia provides the following disability benefits:
You may also qualify for mileage reimbursement for your medical travel needs. If you lost a loved one due to a heavy machinery accident, your family may also qualify for death benefits and funeral expenses.
Filing a workers’ compensation claim is more complex than it may seem. The insurance company may deny your benefits for a number of reasons, such as insufficient evidence or scrutiny regarding whether or not your injury occurred during work. A denied claim can seriously harm your recovery, preventing you from receiving the care you need.
In these situations, you need a lawyer on your side. The attorneys at Hilley & Frieder, P.C. can guide you through the workers’ compensation process so you can maximize your chances of a successful claim and focus on recovery, not paperwork.