A Michigan backhoe accident lawyer helps victims of heavy equipment accidents. Cases demanding compensation can be filed if you or a loved one suffered serious injury or harm due to the negligence of a person or company. Many backhoe accidents involve the machine itself, while other injuries are caused from being struck by their attachments.
The Buckfire Law Firm attorneys will help you seek justice after a backhoe accident. We charge no legal fee unless you win a settlement. There are lawsuit filing deadlines in Michigan, so it is important to contact our award-winning personal injury lawyers today to start your case.
- Common Types of Backhoe Accidents
- What are the Reasons for Backhoe Accidents?
- Most Common Injuries from Backhoe Accidents
- Am I Limited to a Workers Compensation Claim?
Backhoe Information and Facts
The backhoe is a piece of heavy machinery that is used for different types of earthmoving and excavation projects. The machines are used for building construction, road construction, landscaping, and other major projects. Backhoes generally weigh between 4,000 pounds and 24,000 pounds. Many can dig up to 20 feet deep and some can lift 13,000 pounds in weight.
There are several types of attachments used on backhoes, depending on the type of work needed for a project. The most popular attachments are:
- Brooms and street sweepers
- Snowplows and snow pushes
These heavy machines must be operated carefully by properly trained workers to prevent injury and harm to others. Proper maintenance is also necessary.
Most Popular Backhoe Manufacturers
Several heavy machinery manufacturers make and sell backhoes. The most popular include:
- John Deere
- VF Venieri
- New Holland
The controls and features vary depending on the backhoe manufacturer. It is essential that backhoe operators are properly trained on each piece of equipment prior to use.
Common Types of Backhoe Accidents
In addition to injuries caused by being struck by an excavator bucket, other common types of these heavy machinery accidents are:
- Tip over and rollover accidents
- Getting hit by a backhoe or backhoe attachment.
- Being run over by the equipment, like pedestrians and construction workers
- Electrocution injuries from attachments touching live electrical wires.
- Falling loads.
Backhoe accidents can result in catastrophic and deadly injuries. It is essential that these heavy machine operators have the proper skill and training necessary to operate them. Construction workers and the public are at a high risk of injury with this type of heavy machine accident.
What are the Reasons for Backhoe Accidents?
The most common reasons to explain the cause of most backhoe accidents include:
- Poor safety training or the lack of required training
- Inadequate or the lack of necessary protective equipment
- Poorly maintained machines that put others at risk
- Failure to locate electrical lines.
- Negligent, reckless, and careless operation by the machine operator
Our Michigan backhoe accident lawyers will prove that your accident was preventable with proper training and operation of the machine. Through our skill and experience, we will work hard to get you the maximum possible settlement for your case.
Most Common Injuries from Backhoe Accidents
The injuries caused by heavy machinery accidents are always very serious. The most common injuries from excavator accidents include:
- Closed head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis and quadriplegia.
- Broken bones and fractures
- Damage to internal organs
- Suffocation from a wall collapse
- Death due to a traumatic injury
Our award-winning personal injury lawyers will gather your medical records to prove the seriousness of your injury. We also hire top medical experts to explain the permanency of your injury and your medical prognosis, which helps get you the maximum possible settlement.
Who Can I Sue for a Michigan Backhoe Accident?
You can sue the backhoe operator and the employer for a backhoe accident. Our attorneys will gather all the necessary evidence to prove and win your case. We all hire top industry experts to testify in support of your case and to help secure you the maximum settlement.
If the accident caused a fatality, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit. These cases seek damages for the loss of the loved one, as well as for financial losses.
Am I Limited to a Workers Compensation Claim?
In Michigan, an injured worker may be limited to filing a claim for workers compensation benefits. These benefits only pay for lost wages and medical expenses, but do not include money compensation for pain and suffering damages.
There are some exceptions to the workers compensation claim only rule. For example, an injured worker employed by another company can sue another company for pain and suffering damages. The same may be true for an independent contractor.
Our attorneys have the legal expertise to determine if you qualify for pain and suffering damages. We will fully evaluate your case to see if you can file this type of personal injury claim. Many times, you can file for both workers compensation benefits and personal injury compensation as a result of your backhoe accident.
How much is a Michigan Backhoe Accident Settlement?
Backhoe accident settlements include money damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish, disability, and loss of enjoyment of life. These settlement awards can be substantial if the injuries are severe, permanent, and disabling from work and activities.
Our No Fee Promise for Backhoe Accident Cases
The Buckfire Law Firm will represent you under our No Fee Promise. This means that we only get paid a fee when we settle your case. It costs you no money to start your case and if your case is unsuccessful for any reason, you owe us nothing.
Contact Our Michigan Backhoe Accident Lawyers
Call The Buckfire Law Firm now to get started on your case. Our top-rated Michigan backhoe accident lawyers will listen to your story and begin working on your case immediately.
There are strict time deadlines for filing excavator accident cases in Michigan, so call us now!
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