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Understanding Heavy Equipment Personal Injuries and How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You.

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

When people think of California they often think of palm trees, beaches, and beautiful hiking. However, California is also an incredibly urban state that is also home to a thriving construction industry. This industry provides many people with jobs, but it also causes many employees to suffer injuries on the job. One of the more common and most devastating injuries is a heavy equipment injury.

At construction sites throughout California, there are a variety of different types of heavy equipment present. These include machines, vehicles, and other tools like:

  • Aerial lifts
  • Backhoes
  • Bulldozers
  • Cement trucks
  • Company vehicles
  • Cranes
  • Dozers
  • Dump trucks
  • Electrical equipment
  • Excavators
  • Falling tools or equipment
  • Farming equipment
  • Forklifts
  • Front-end loaders
  • Scaffolding
  • Skid-steer loaders
  • Tractors
  • Other dangerous equipment

The variety, complexity, and sheer size of the equipment used on a construction site produces a wide range of injuries that can occur as a result of their malfunctioning or otherwise being used improperly by others. Some examples of these injuries include:

  • Amputation of limbs
  • Brain damage, ranging from severe TBIs to moderate concussions
  • Crushing injuries
  • Death
  • Disability, whether permanent or temporary
  • Disfigurement of the body
  • Heart damage
  • Paralysis, whether partial or total
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Stroke
  • Third-degree and other severe burns

It goes without saying the no one on a construction site intends for a heavy machinery injury to happen, yet these accidents happen often. Why? Often it is because someone is not doing their job properly, performing the necessary safety inspections, trying to save a little bit of money or time, isn’t paying attention, or is otherwise acting negligently. We all make mistakes, but that does not excuse the kinds of severe injuries which result when these accidents happen.

Even if you may think your injury is too minor, doesn’t matter, or is something “you just have to live with,” as experienced personal injury attorneys we can tell you that California’s personal injury laws are designed to provide people with compensation that takes into account many different causes and symptoms. Individuals who come in for a consultation with us are often surprised to learn that they likely have a strong case to secure compensation for medical bills, continuing rehabilitative treatment, and lost wages.

While workers’ compensation is an excellent way to recover costs, many people make the mistake of thinking it is their only option – and often it isn’t! When a heavy machinery accident happens, there are a number of people who may be held responsible for it. This includes your employer, construction site supervisor, the manufacturer of the equipment, the company which sold the equipment, co-workers, and the insurance companies which represent any of these individuals.

It is true that some jobs are more dangerous than others, but even if you have one of these jobs that simple fact does not mean that you deserve to be injured on the job. No one does. If you were injured in a heavy machinery accident, you deserve to have as full a recovery as possible and to not have your quality of life diminished any more than it already is. The experienced personal injury attorneys at J&Y Law are ready to fight for you and the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to learn more.


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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.