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Workplace Injury

$1.75 million settlement for N.T.'s injuries at a work site.

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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 1-855-206-2555 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

“B.K.” was driving on a two-lane road one Sunday afternoon with his mother in the front seat and his brother and sister-in-law in the back seat when his life was forever changed. B.K. was struck head on by D.C.

D.C. had spent the day drinking with a friend and had stopped at a restaurant less than five miles from the point of the accident where D.C. had been served several drinks. D.C.’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

As a result of the terrible wreck, B.K. received devastating injuries, which included multiple broken bones, facial fractures, and loss of vision. B.K.’s mother, brother, and sister-in-law were all killed in the accident.

As one would anticipate, D.C. had virtually no insurance. Stephenson, through his thorough and detailed investigation, was able to prepare claims against the restaurant and those that provided the alcohol.

Stephenson pursued dram shop claims against those responsible CASE SUMMARY

D.H. was a competitive bicyclist who was riding in preparation for a cross-country fundraising ride. In the spring of 2010, D.H. was riding across an old steel-grated deck bridge in Shelby County when he hit a hole in the bridge and flipped over the handlebars of his bike. The impact to the bridge decking caused severe injuries to his face, teeth, tongue, and elbow.

Through the investigation, they were able to learn as early as 1998, the bridge inspection reports showed the bridge in question needed to be replaced. The county never authorized additional inspections. The county obtained $844,000 in funding for the replacement of the bridge in 2000, but the Historical Society and adjacent property owners wanted the bridge repaired rather than replaced.

This crash could have been avoided if the inspectors and county had done their jobs. CASE SUMMARY

Our client (“D.W.”) was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle that was struck by a UDF truck making deliveries. D.W. received broken arms and legs, as well as internal injuries. Stephenson was retained by D.W.’s personal counsel to prepare and try the case. Discovery determined that the UDF driver had multiple driving violations. Stephenson retained numerous experts to show the jury the devastating effects of the injuries. Before trial, the defendant’s company stated that a jury in a small southern county in Indiana would never return a verdict for $1 million in this case.

The defendant was correct; the verdict was twice that amount. CASE SUMMARY

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 1-855-206-2555 or use our online contact form.

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