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Construction workers provide an incredibly valuable service, creating the infrastructure that California relies on. However, this line of work unfortunately comes with a great risk of injury, especially injuries resulting from heavy equipment. Heavy equipment accidents can result in catastrophic, life-altering injuries, and can be fatal.

If you or a loved one were injured in a heavy equipment accident in California, trust the experienced construction accident legal team at MI ABOGADO ® for responsive, reliable, and relentless representation. What sets our team apart is our steadfast commitment to upholding every construction worker’s absolute right to a safe workplace and our dedication to helping injured construction workers see accountability and rightful compensation. We will not let any negligent parties’ wrongdoing go unaddressed, ensuring that your voice is heard every step of the way. You deserve to see justice and just compensation for your suffering.

The skilled and seasoned team at MI ABOGADO ® understands the grave nature of heavy equipment accidents, leaving injured workers and their families facing an uncertain future, struggling to stay afloat. It is our absolute belief that nobody should be further burdened just to seek justice, accountability, and change. That’s why we take heavy equipment accident cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we do not get paid until we secure the maximum possible compensation for you. Having proudly served over a quarter of a million clients like you with 96% seeing results, let MI ABOGADO ® help you see results. We’re ready to start fighting for you today.

What is Heavy Equipment?

Heavy equipment is universally present on California construction sites. It can take on many forms and is an essential class of tools allowing construction workers to do their job. However, it also can be a great hazard. California construction workers encounter countless types of heavy equipment on the daily, including:

  • Forklifts
  • Cranes
  • Machine presses
  • Excavators
  • Jackhammers
  • Nail guns
  • Electric saws
  • Loaders
  • Pavers
  • Wheel tractor-scrapers
  • Telehandlers
  • Feller bunchers
  • Garbage trucks
  • Scrapers
  • Sanders and grinders
  • Welding equipment 
  • Drilling equipment
  • Bulldozers
  • Graders
  • Backhoes
  • Trenchers
  • Compactors
  • Dump trucks
  • Cement mixers
  • Boring machines
  • Pile drivers
  • Plows
  • Haul trucks

Common Causes of Heavy Equipment Accidents in California

Given the sheer amount of heavy equipment present on a construction site on an average day, and the fact that construction sites are always in motion, accidents are far from uncommon. They can occur in countless ways, most commonly including:

  • Improperly loaded or operated equipment
  • Unstable loads or surfaces
  • Inadequate equipment maintenance
  • Defective or malfunctioning equipment
  • A lack of training and protective gear
  • Miscommunications or misjudgments on the construction site
  • Inadequate machine guarding
  • Machine operators not exercising reasonable caution or operating under the influence
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Rollover accidents
  • Struck-by accidents
  • Falling objects
  • Electrocution accidents
  • Collisions with equipment
  • Fires and explosions
  • Equipment collapses

Common Injuries Sustained in Heavy Equipment Accidents

Heavy equipment is, by definition, of substantial size and weight, which can pose great physical risk to anyone in the vicinity. When heavy equipment accidents occur, they can result in catastrophic and devastating injuries with the potential for lifelong complications. They also, unfortunately, commonly result in fatalities. Some of the most common injuries resulting from heavy equipment accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Cuts, abrasions, and lacerations, which can lead to severe blood loss
  • Fractured bones
  • Crush injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Organ damage or loss
  • Nerve damage
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Head injuries, including skull fractures and traumatic brain injuries
  • Back and neck injuries, including spinal cord injuries, sometimes resulting in paralysis
  • Burns
  • Amputations
  • Wrongful death
  • Emotional and psychological consequences, such as PTSD

Who Can Be Held Accountable For This Type Of Accident?

Construction workers, under California law, have the absolute right to a safe workplace. However, despite robust laws and codes designed to keep construction workers safe, not every construction site meets these vital standards, and enforcing these laws can prove difficult. Additionally, designers, manufacturers, and distributors of heavy equipment have a legal duty to provide products that are safe, free from defects and malfunctioning. You may be eligible to recover compensation from many different parties following a construction accident, including:

  • Site owners
  • General contractors
  • Subcontractors
  • Coworkers
  • Vendors
  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • Machinery manufacturers
  • Equipment distributors
  • Equipment sellers
  • Equipment owners
  • Machine inspectors
  • Maintenance companies
  • Cleaning companies

How Los Angeles Personal Injury Law Firm MI ABOGADO ® Can Help You with Your Accident Claim

MI ABOGADO ® believes that nothing comes before our clients’ health and recovery. Our comprehensive heavy equipment accident representation begins with ensuring you’re on the road to recovery. We will we put our extensive network of trusted medical professionals to work for you, ensuring you’re receiving the best possible medical care. You focus on your recovery and let us take care of the rest.

Once we know that your medical care is in good hands, the skilled and seasoned team at MI ABOGADO ® will begin with a thorough investigation of the heavy equipment accident, collecting evidence and statements from any witnesses. With that information we will determine which parties can be held liable for your injuries and will collaborate with you to build the strongest possible case against them, tailored to your unique needs, circumstances, and goals.

That’s when negotiation begins. What sets MI ABOGADO ® apart is our steadfast commitment to upholding your best interests, exemplified by our aggressive and tireless advocacy, fighting for the maximum possible settlement. If we cannot reach a settlement which addresses the full extent of your losses through negotiations, we’re prepared to take your case before a judge and jury to ensure you see accountability, justice, and just compensation. MI ABOGADO ® does things differently, offering the timely, responsive, and personalized advocacy only a boutique practice can provide.

Contact Our Experienced Los Angeles Heavy Equipment Accident Attorney Today

MI ABOGADO ®, though based in Los Angeles, proudly serves clients from San Diego and San Jose. It is our core tenet that injured construction workers should never be further burdened by attorney’s fees just to see accountability and justice for the harms they have faced. This commitment is exemplified by the fact that we take heavy machinery accident cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we don’t get paid until you see your just settlement.

Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation, or second opinion! We’re ready to help you see justice and rightful compensation.