If you suffered injuries in a Pittsburgh heavy equipment accident, you may be eligible to collect compensation for all your losses. When this type of accident happens on a jobsite, workers’ compensation is often an option. Depending on the situation, we may also be able to identify a negligent third party and hold them liable for your damages.
A heavy equipment accident lawyer in Pittsburgh, PA at Berger and Green can help you find the best options to recover the most compensation possible. We offer free case reviews and can help you understand your rights after a heavy equipment accident in Pittsburgh. Call us today at 412-661-1400 for your complimentary consultation with a member of our personal injury team.
Damages Following a Pittsburgh Heavy Equipment Accident
Most heavy equipment accidents occur on jobsites, with workers suffering catastrophic injuries while on-the-clock. If you were working when your accident occurred, you will likely qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Your employer is legally required to provide this insurance. It covers:
- Your accident-related medical care
- About two-thirds of your lost wages
- Temporary total disability or permanent partial disability
- Funeral and burial expenses
If your accident did not occur on the job, or if we can identify a liable third party who is not your employer, you may also be able to pursue compensation by winning a settlement or verdict on your behalf. This compensation covers many damages, including:
- Medical care and related costs not covered by workers’ compensation
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Ongoing care costs
- Lost wages not covered by workers’ compensation
- Diminished earning capacity
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Property damaged in the accident
- Pain and suffering damages
- Other emotional damages
If your loved one died in a heavy equipment accident, we can explain the Pennsylvania wrongful death laws and may be able to file a claim on your behalf.
Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Laws
The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act ensures most workers in the state get benefits to help them make ends meet after suffering an on-the-job accident. For many injured workers, this is the only option to obtain compensation to pay for medical care and cover a percentage of your lost wages. To obtain benefits, you must:
- Notify your employer of the heavy equipment accident; and
- See an approved doctor for medical care; and
- File a claim with the workers’ compensation provider
Sometimes, the workers’ compensation insurance provider will deny a valid claim. If your employer’s insurer denied your claim, give us a call. We can help you fight for the full benefits you deserve.
While the PA Workers’ Compensation Act prevents you from holding your employer liable in almost every case, there may be another party who contributed to or caused your injuries. If we can identify a vendor, contractor, property owner, or another party who caused your heavy equipment accident injuries, they may be liable for any losses you sustained in the accident.
Recovering Compensation After a Pittsburgh Heavy Equipment Accident
We will investigate your heavy equipment accident, discovering what happened and collecting evidence to prove negligence and liability when possible. If we can identify an at-fault third party in your accident, we can likely file an insurance claim or injury lawsuit against them.
Filing an Insurance Claim
Typically, we begin by filing an insurance claim based on the at-fault party’s liability policy. We send them a demand letter explaining our case for compensation and demanding a fair payout. Most commonly, insurance companies respond with a counter-offer, although paying our demanded sum or denying our claim are both possible outcomes.
Pursuing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
While we always attempt to settle a claim out of court, as it is usually less expensive and quicker, this is not always possible. We may need to file a personal injury lawsuit after a Pittsburgh heavy equipment accident for several reasons. These include:
- The insurance company denied our claim.
- The insurance company refused a fair settlement agreement.
- The at-fault party did not have insurance.
In many cases, just filing a lawsuit will prompt the at-fault party to offer you a fair settlement. If not, we will represent you to the Judge and jury, and fight for the compensation you need. In any case, we will help you understand what to expect and walk through this process with you.
Because we handle every case as if it could go to court, we are already ready to file a lawsuit when it becomes necessary. We present the evidence we collected and argue for a full payout based on the facts of your case.
Talk to a Heavy Equipment Accident Lawyer in Pittsburgh, PA
You can discuss your heavy equipment accident with an injury attorney from Berger and Green to learn more about your right to compensation. We can discuss and weigh your options and take action to recover the money you need.
If your heavy equipment accident injuries prevent you from working, you may also be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. A Social Security disability attorney can help you file a claim or appeal a denial if the Social Security Administration already denied your claim.
Call our Pittsburgh office today at 412-661-1400 for your free consultation and case evaluation with someone from our heavy equipment accident team.