Heavy Equipment Accident Lawyers in New Jersey

Bergen County firm advises people hurt in incidents involving machinery

Numerous industries rely on machinery that is capable of causing a catastrophic accident if not operated correctly. Construction jobs are notably dangerous due to the frequent use of cranes, forklifts, bulldozers and excavators. Large-scale manufacturing also typically involves equipment with parts that can weigh thousands of pounds. Even agriculture depends on tractors, plows and other types of machinery that can trigger a severe incident in a split second. Rules set by government authorities such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are intended to minimize the likelihood of heavy equipment accidents, but OSHA cannot be everywhere and a brief moment of negligence can change a victim’s life. 

When heavy equipment accidents occur, injured victims are entitled to reimbursement for medical costs and lost income, and possibly additional compensation. If you were hurt, or a family member was killed, in such an accident, the experienced New Jersey attorneys at Seigel Law in Ridgewood have the skill and experience to secure an appropriate financial recovery for you.

Frequent causes of heavy machinery accidents

Many specific factors can set off a heavy equipment accident, such as:

  • Operator error — Even the most stringent precautions will not be effective if the person at the control fails to use proper care. When operator error contributes to an accident, our firm reviews physical evidence, witness testimony and export reports to pinpoint what happened and how it could have been avoided. 
  • Improper maintenance — Large machines can have thousands of parts. Even a small component that fails due to overuse, damage from a collision, corrosion or some other cause might trigger a devastating accident. We will determine if a failure to perform necessary maintenance or inspections played a role in the injury.
  • Hazardous conditions — Adverse weather, environmental factors and other conditions can affect the performance of bulldozers, cranes and other machinery. Before work starts and at every point during operation, equipment operators and others in positions of responsibility must assess whether external factors make an accident more likely. 

No matter what precipitated the incident in your case, you can count on us to thoroughly investigate the circumstances and construct the strongest possible legal argument in your behalf. 

Dedicated litigators assist victims of catastrophic injuries 

Whatever the cause of the serious injury you suffer in a heavy equipment accident, our firm is prepared to present the factual and expert evidence necessary to win in court or to compel defendants to make a fair settlement offer. These accidents often result in severe medical conditions, including loss of limbs, spinal cord damage, paralysis, traumatic brain injuries and broken bones. We know how to simplify complex scientific evidence and to construct arguments designed to hold at-fault parties accountable for economic and non-economic costs associated with catastrophic injuries. You can also turn to us for representation in wrongful death claim if a family member was the victim of a fatal heavy equipment accident. 

Contact a Bergen County lawyer if you’ve been hurt in a heavy equipment accident

Seigel Law advocates on behalf of New Jersey clients who have been injured in accidents involving heavy machinery. For a free consultation at our Ridgewood office, please call {PHONE) or contact us online.