Punch Press Malfunction Accidents Lawyers in NYC
Punch presses are an important part of many construction operations. These immensely powerful machines are used for punching holes, slotting, and much more. Punch presses are highly complicated pieces of equipment that require exacting experience and training in order to operate them safely. If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a punch press accident, reach out to an experienced NYC workers’ compensation attorney today.
No two punch press accidents are ever exactly alike, but the majority of these accidents share common causes.
Inadequate Training and/or Experience
In order to operate heavy machinery safely, the operators must have adequate training and experience, including safety training. The fact is that these machines can exert incredible force and require skillfully employing all of the following mechanisms:
- Foot pedals
- Hand pedals
- Electronic switches
- Control buttons
When an inadequately trained construction worker is tasked with running the punch press, it puts him or her at increased risk of life-threatening injuries, including strangulation.
Inadequate Safety Guards
In order to operate at peak safety, punch presses must have appropriate safety guards in place. When these guards are missing, poorly maintained, attached incorrectly, or otherwise inferior, it puts construction workers at a serious safety disadvantage.
Defective Punch Presses
Sometimes, accidents are caused by punch presses that are defective, to begin with. This can mean having a dangerous design, experiencing a manufacturing flaw, and/or lacking adequate instructions or warnings.
If you’ve been injured in a punch press accident, the injuries you sustain can be exceptionally serious, which means your damages are likely to be immense.
The medical costs you face after a punch press accident are likely to begin with emergency care and transportation and to move on to surgery, aftercare, hospitalization, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and much more besides. The serious nature of your injuries means they will likely also require ongoing medical attention.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a punch press, you can count on missing a considerable amount of work (at best) and on experiencing a considerable decrease in earnings. If the injuries are more serious still, you could be looking at a marked decrease in your earning potential, which translates to a lifetime of financial loss.
If your claim exceeds the bounds of a workers’ compensation claim and spills over into a personal injury claim (if, for example, there is third-party negligence or your employer’s intention was to cause harm), you can also seek damages for the physical and emotional pain and suffering you’ve endured, which can be overwhelming.
Don’t Wait to Consult with an Experienced NYC Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If a punch press leaves you injured in a construction accident, the resourceful workers’ compensation attorneys at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman – proudly serving NYC for more than 80 years – are on your side and are well equipped to help. Your recovery is important, so please don’t wait to contact or call us at 212-285-3300 to learn more about how we can help you today.