Portland Heavy Machinery Accident Attorney
Heavy machinery is dangerous, even when the most comprehensive safety measures are in place. When a heavy machinery accident results in serious injury, it is imperative that legal counsel is retained as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in an accident involving heavy machinery, contact Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC today.
Why Choose Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC?
Our attorneys take heavy machinery injury cases to fight for justice for the injured and will seek the maximum possible in compensation from all liable parties. In many cases, a third-party lawsuit can be filed to pursue compensation far above and beyond what could be recovered through a workers’ compensation claim.
- We maintain a small caseload and provide professional, personal, and undivided attention to the individuals we represent.
- We are aggressive negotiators and highly-experienced trial lawyers. Our experience allows us to take your case to trial to pursue the maximum possible compensation.
- We work on a contingency fee basis – we charge no legal fees unless we win the case for you, with no concerns about out-of-pocket expenses.
At Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC, we help those injured by heavy machinery in a wide range of situations, including:
- Construction site accidents
- Equipment failure accidents
- Farming accidents
- Defective machinery
- Logging industry machinery
- Factory accidents
- Crane Accidents
- Oil and gas extraction accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Excavation accidents
- Mill accidents
What is Heavy Machinery?
Heavy machinery and equipment refers to heavy-duty vehicles that are specially designed for construction and earth moving operations. They are also referred to as heavy trucks, engineering equipment, construction equipment, heavy vehicles, heavy equipment, and heavy hydraulics. Various industries across Oregon and Washington use heavy machinery. Some of the types of heavy machinery used include:
- Hydraulic excavators
- Dump trucks
- Logging trucks
- Wheel dozers
- Drag liners
- Asphalt pavers
- Articulated trucks
- Cold planers
- Feller bunchers
- Skid Steer Loaders
The Dangers of Heavy Machinery
Workers who are performing their duties in close proximity to heavy machinery are at high risk of a catastrophic or fatal injury. When an equipment operator has been incorrectly trained or fails to employ the correct safety protocols, the risk of injury is greatly increased. When a piece of heavy equipment fails or is defective in some component, even with the most stringent safety protocols in place, disasters occur. The Bureau of Labor Statistics issues yearly reports of on-the-job fatalities. In the most recently reported year, fatal injuries from transportation and material moving occupations increase by 7 percent, to a staggering 1,388. The logging industry has the highest rate of fatal work injury rates in that year.
Common Heavy Machinery Injuries
The injuries sustained in heavy machinery accidents are often fatal or catastrophic. One of the “fatal four,” as reported by OSHA, involve a worker being “struck by” a piece of heavy machinery. The injuries sustained include, but are not limited to:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Crush injuries, internal organ damage
- Broken bones
- Loss of limb
Who is Liable?
In a heavy machinery accident, it is critical that all liable parties are identified. A full investigation into the facts of the accident must be performed. At Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC, we have immediate access to professional accident investigators to evaluate every aspect of the case, including inspecting the equipment involved in the accident, interviewing eyewitnesses, as well as medical experts to determine the cost of care, both now and in future years, and financial experts to determine the value of lost income from work and lost earning capacity. All liable parties will be identified, and a claim or lawsuit filed to recover all damages. We are extremely professional, thorough, and very willing to take a case to trial when it best serves our clients.
Contact Us Today
Contact Paulson Coletti Trial Lawyers PC if you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a heavy machinery accident. We offer a free, confidential case evaluation and never charge a fee unless we win.