Workplace Injury

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Indianapolis Work Equipment Injuries Lawyer

Employers are required by state and federal laws to maintain safe workplaces. That includes providing safety equipment designed to eliminate or mitigate injury and ensuring that machinery is working correctly by properly servicing it and monitoring its operation.

While an injured person may receive worker’s compensation benefits, he or she may also be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the equipment, their employer, subcontractors, or other employees.

Indiana, a Leader in Manufacturing

One out of five Indiana citizens works in manufacturing. In fact, our state has more manufacturing jobs per capita than any other state. Central Indiana plants are leaders in the production of electric car and truck components, and more than half of the country’s orthopedic medical devices are manufactured in Indiana.

Manufacturing is an important component of Indiana’s economy, employing nearly a half million workers. Unfortunately, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the manufacturing industry has the highest number of injuries and illnesses compared to other industries in the state, accounting for more than 25% of all work-related injuries and illnesses. In 2011, there were 122 occupational fatalities in Indiana, with 18 of them caused by contact with equipment. The total number of non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses in 2011 was 93,700.

With over 30 years’ experience handling workplace injury & accident claims in Indianapolis and surrounding areas, personal injury attorney Mike Stephenson is dedicated to helping families whose security has been impacted by an occupational injury. Call Mike at 1-317-825-5200 to arrange a free consultation about your potential claim against a negligent employer or equipment manufacturer.

Dangerous Equipment

Even though OSHA sets standards designed to prevent workplace accidents, they estimate that 120 workers are killed annually and 50,000 are injured in machinery accidents. Some accidents with equipment happen because the employer fails to properly maintain and service the equipment used in the production process.

Occupational injuries have been known to involve a number of machines and equipment, including the following:

  • Fork lifts and lift trucks
  • Scaffolding
  • Drill presses
  • Hoist systems
  • Chemical storage vessels
  • Blenders and mixers
  • Compression equipment
  • Packaging machines
  • Boilers
  • Lathes
  • Conveyor belts.

Defective Equipment

Sometimes workers are harmed by machinery or a piece of equipment that was defective in design or manufacture, and in these situations the company which produced the faulty apparatus can be held responsible.

Indiana injury attorney Mike Stephenson was able to secure a confidential settlement for a Ford plant worker who was injured by a tug which had a design defect in its acceleration system. A defective equipment case can be difficult to prove, but Mike Stephenson has been litigating personal injury cases in Indiana since 1982, and he is not deterred by complex litigation.

Equipment defects or malfunction can result in explosions, fires, or electrocutions. Workers who are involved in such occupational accidents may suffer broken bones, crushing injuries, amputations, thermal or chemical burns and death. While an injured person may receive worker’s compensation benefits, he or she may also be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the equipment, their employer, subcontractors, or other employees.

real-life cases

We have won numerous multi-million dollar cases for our clients.

See examples of how we helped clients whose lives were turned upside down by reckless or negligent acts of others. We took on negligent county officials when D.H. flew over his handlebars while riding on a bridge left in disrepair for years. We brought justice to the family of of J.M. and his wife after a defective tire ended their lives. We held a drunk driver and those who served him alcohol accountable when he seriously injured B.K., who also lost three family members in a crash.

Read more examples of how we get justice and compensation for our clients.


Let us put our resources to work for you.

If you or a family member has been injured by a piece of equipment while on the job, contact McNeely Stephenson. Our Indiana workplace lawyers are dedicated to thoroughly investigating accidental injuries so that every responsible party is held to account. Justice matters.

Call 1-317-825-5200 or use our online contact form.

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February 5, 2020 / Catastrophic Injuries
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