What To Do If You’ve Had an Accident at Work Due To Faulty Equipment

In South Jersey’s bustling industrial landscape, workplace accidents are far from uncommon. From construction sites to industrial plans and everything in between, employees face significant risks every day, including the risk of an injury due to faulty equipment. In the aftermath of a faulty equipment accident, it’s important to know your options and what steps to take to protect your rights, including your right to fair compensation.

If you or a loved one suffered a workplace accident in South Jersey, including Atlantic City, Camden, Pennsauken, Vineland, and beyond, the skilled and seasoned workers’ compensation and personal injury team at the Law Offices of Craig A. Altman stands ready to be an unwavering ally and a relentless advocate for you, your rights, and your future. We’re ready to start fighting for justice, accountability, and rightful compensation today. Plus, we offer a no recovery, no fee guarantee, meaning we don’t get paid unless you do. It’s as simple as that.

1. Put Health and Safety First

Nothing should come before your health, safety, and well-being. Seek immediate medical attention for any injuries, regardless of how minor they may seem, as some are known to have a delayed onset. Not only does doing so protect your health, but it also creates vital documentation of the accident and the injuries you’ve sustained.

2. Report the Accident ASAP

Prioritize notifying your supervisor or employer promptly, as delaying this step can jeopardize your ability to seek rightful compensation. It’s important to provide thorough details about what happened, how it occurred, and whether faulty equipment may have been a contributing factor, if not the outright cause. 

3. Document Everything and Preserve Evidence

When it comes to the law, there’s no such thing as too much evidence. However, too little evidence can become an insurmountable hurdle in your case. It’s important to keep detailed records of the accident, including witness statements, photographs of the scene, and any correspondence you have regarding the accident, especially with your employer, supervisor, or the workers’ compensation benefits insurance company. 

You should preserve any evidence, including the faulty equipment itself, but do not under any circumstances tamper with or dispose of any items relevant to your case. Your attorney may need to bring in an expert witness or conduct an independent investigation as to the equipment’s faulty nature. Documentation and evidence will be the basis of any future claim for compensation.

4. Follow Medical Advice

To maximize your odds of seeing rightful compensation, it’s vital that you adhere to all medical recommendations, follow the advised treatment plan, and attend follow-up appointments. Not only does this ensure the best possible recovery, but it also strengthens your case by demonstrating the extent of your injuries and your medical expenses. Failing to follow medical advice can diminish your credibility and can put any case for financial recovery in jeopardy.

5. Understand Your Rights and Your Options

It’s important to know your rights as an injured employee in South Jersey, and an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can be a valuable tool in doing so. Workers’ compensation laws vary significantly from state to state, and knowing what benefits you may be entitled to can help you make informed decisions moving forward. It’s also important to be aware of and adhere to any deadlines in place to avoid disqualifying yourself from compensation. You should also discuss your options with an attorney, such as pursuing a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the faulty equipment. Your attorney can help you determine the best course of action based on your unique circumstances, needs, and goals.

6. Secure Skilled and Seasoned Legal Representation: the Law Offices of Craig A. Altman

The assistance of a skilled and seasoned workplace accident attorney can not only maximize your chances of recovery, but also maximize the compensation you receive. Your attorney will assess your case, ensure you know your rights, and guide you through the legal process. They can also handle sensitive communications with your employer and the insurance company, advocating for your best interests every step of the way. 

The Law Offices of Craig A. Altman stands ready to help you navigate the complex aftermath of a faulty equipment workplace injury. Our experienced team is dedicated to safeguarding your rights and relentlessly pursuing rightful compensation. We will stand by you every step of the way. Contact us today or call us at (856)-327-8899.

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