A machine shop could be a dangerous environment for New Jersey professionals involved in metal fabrication. An unforeseen accident or a defective machine press might leave a worker suffering from serious injuries to the limbs or eyes.
Machine shop injuries
Workers may experience broken bones if a limb gets pressed or crushed by a machine. Sometimes, injuries could be so severe that a limb requires amputation.
Workers may suffer cuts, and some may be deep lacerations requiring stitches. Significant blood loss could be life-threatening in some situations.
Machines rely on oil for lubrication, and oil spills may result in slip-and-fall accidents. A worker could experience a fractured skull or spinal injury upon falling.
Wearing appropriate safety gear may reduce the chances of injuries. Protective goggles might keep the eyes from suffering harm, and gloves and helmets add additional protection.
Compensation for injuries
Employees might file for workers’ compensation when injured, and independent contractors may pursue a lawsuit. Sometimes, a full-time employee could collect worker’s comp from an employer while suing a negligent third party, such as a machine manufacturer or repair technician.
Injuries may require surgery and require follow-up rehabilitation. Weeks of physical therapy may be necessary, and the patient might remain in a rehab facility for a long time. Financial losses and bills could pile up if the individual cannot earn an income during that time. Someone could see compensation for lost earnings and pain and suffering through a personal injury lawsuit.
Workers’ compensation may provide benefits to those injured in the workplace. New Jersey’s workers’ compensation program also offers benefits to those whose injuries result in permanent disabilities and survivors of fatal work-related incidents. No burden of proving negligence exists when the claim is based on a state’s no-fault regulations.