Understanding the Risks and Your Rights in 'Struck By' or 'Caught Between' Incidents

At Vargas Guerra, LLP, we recognize the serious nature of workplace injuries, particularly those involving 'struck by' or 'caught between' incidents. These types of accidents can occur in various work environments and often result in severe injuries or fatalities. Our legal team is dedicated to supporting victims of such accidents, helping them understand their rights and pursue appropriate compensation.

What Constitutes 'Struck By' or 'Caught Between' Injuries?

  • Struck By Injuries: Occur when an employee is hit by moving objects or equipment, such as falling tools, moving vehicles, or flying debris.
  • Caught Between Injuries: Involve scenarios where an employee is crushed, pinched, or compressed between objects, equipment, or machinery.

Common Causes in the Workplace

  • Lack of Proper Safety Measures: Inadequate safety protocols or failure to adhere to them.
  • Improper Use of Machinery: Accidents involving forklifts, cranes, or other heavy machinery.
  • Falling Objects: Items not properly secured, leading to 'struck by' incidents.
  • Equipment Malfunction: Contributing to situations where workers are caught in or between machinery.

Potential Injuries and Consequences

These accidents can lead to a range of severe injuries, including fractures, internal injuries, amputations, and in extreme cases, fatalities. The physical, emotional, and financial toll can be significant, necessitating comprehensive legal and medical intervention.

Your Legal Rights

  • Workers’ Compensation: Employees injured in 'struck by' or 'caught between' accidents are typically entitled to workers' compensation benefits, which can include medical expenses and lost wages.
  • Employer Liability: If negligence on the part of the employer contributed to the accident, you might have additional legal claims.
  • Third-Party Claims: If another party, such as a machinery manufacturer, is responsible, there may be grounds for a third-party liability claim.

Steps to Take Following an Accident

  1. Seek Immediate Medical Attention: Prioritize your health and safety first.
  2. Report the Incident: Inform your employer about the accident as soon as possible.
  3. Document Everything: Keep records of the incident details, witness statements, and medical reports.
  4. Legal Consultation: Contact a legal professional to understand your rights and options.

How Vargas Guerra, LLP Can Help

If you or a loved one has been involved in a 'struck by' or 'caught between' workplace accident, Vargas Guerra, LLP is here to help. We offer:

  • Comprehensive Case Evaluation: Assessing the details of your incident and determining the best course of legal action.
  • Expert Legal Representation: Navigating workers' compensation claims and pursuing additional legal claims where applicable.
  • Dedicated Advocacy: Ensuring you receive the compensation and support necessary for recovery.

Contact Us for Dedicated Legal Support

Dealing with the aftermath of a 'struck by' or 'caught between' injury can be overwhelming. For expert legal assistance and representation, contact Vargas Guerra, LLP.