A Factory Accident Attorney Can Protect Your Interests
Along with physical pain and emotional suffering, factory accidents can also result in significant financial strain. If you or your loved one has suffered an injury in an industrial or factory setting, you may have huge medical bills. With your loss of income, you may be unsure of how you will cover these costs. That is why it is essential to find an experienced factory accident attorney. Attorney Gilbert E. Fisher in Fresno, CA, can help you pursue your legal options. These could include a personal injury claim, defective product claim, or filing for workers’ compensation.
Common Reasons for Factory Accidents
Factory workers face near-constant exposure to heavy machinery, dangerous chemicals, and flammable materials. When proper safety protocol is not in place, they face an especially high risk for injury on the job. Some of the most frequent causes of factory injuries include:
- Defective equipment, which could include design flaws or poorly maintained machinery
- Exposure to hazardous substances, including chemicals and airborne irritants
- Gas and oil explosions
- Electrocution, often due to missing electrical guards
- Injuries on loading docks
- Accidents involving falling equipment
- Vehicle accident injuries
- Strains and sprains because of repetitive motions
- Accidents due to careless, negligent, or reckless co-workers
Injuries in industrial settings can lead to severe, life-altering consequences. In tragic cases, these incidents can even cause the wrongful death of victims, leaving family and loved ones suffering in their absence.
Your Employer’s Responsibilities in the Workplace
Employers owe a duty of care to their workers, and are responsible for implementing certain standards to protect employees. This duty of care includes:
- Providing thorough and ongoing training
- Creating safe traffic patterns on factory floors
- Installing sufficient lighting
- Requiring the use of appropriate safety equipment, such as helmets, goggles, and earplugs
- Maintaining all machinery and vehicles
- Double checking and repairing safety systems, including automatic shut-off mechanisms
- Ensuring appropriate supervision at all times
When employers have failed to fulfill their responsibilities, injured victims can pursue financial compensation.
How Attorney Fisher Can Help
Following an accident, many employers attempt to lessen their responsibility by providing false or misleading information. Other times, they may cite contributory negligence and state that you were responsible for the accident. A qualified lawyer like Mr. Fisher can cut through conflicting or inaccurate claims to uncover what really happened. He can then help you determine the right legal course of action.
In some cases, a personal injury claim may be most appropriate. If so, you will need to prove your employer’s duty of care. Then you will need to show that they neglected that responsibility and that your injury was the direct result. Other times, malfunctioning work equipment can make a defective product case more appropriate. With these cases, other third parties, such as an engineer or manufacturer, may share liability.
With this unique background, Attorney Fisher can provide compassionate assistance. His empathy is just as vital as his hard-hitting approach in negotiating or in court.
Workers' compensation is one of the most common and effective ways to obtain financial support after a factory accident. Almost all employers are required to carry this type of insurance, which can cover your medical bills, as well as lost wages. If your accident was severe, and you are permanently disabled, workers' comp can provide lifelong financial assistance. Mr. Fisher can explain the benefits of workers' compensation, as well as its limitations before helping you file your claim. If you are struggling to obtain your just due, he can fight unfailingly for your rights.
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Attorney Gilbert E. Fisher has the experience necessary to take on the most complex factory accident cases. Focusing exclusively on workers' compensation claims, he understands the loopholes that employers will often use to avoid paying out. Furthermore, he has personal experience with workplace accidents after his own father was left paralyzed due to an injury at work. With this unique background, Attorney Fisher can provide compassionate assistance. His empathy is just as vital as his hard-hitting approach in negotiating or in court. Contact our firm online to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation. You can also reach us at (559) 447-1210.