Accidents can happen unexpectedly when you are on the job. In workplaces where dangerous equipment plays a significant role, injuries caused by defective machinery can be unfortunately common.
Fortunately, as a worker, you likely have the ability to apply for and receive workers’ compensation benefits. But, when the cause is defective equipment provided by a third-party vendor, a third-party personal injury could allow for additional compensation.
Understanding equipment-related injuries
Under the law, if a tool, machinery is defective and causes injury, you may be able to seek compensation under the theory of product liability. It could be a flaw in the way the tool was designed, manufactured or warning instructions.
Injuries resulting from defective equipment can range from minor cuts and bruises to much more severe accidents. Regardless, if it was the result of a defect, you have rights.
In many cases, the equipment manufacturer or supplier would be liable for your injuries. Seeking a “third party claim” against these individuals allows you to seek compensation in a civil suit as well as compensation from your employer for workers’ compensation benefits.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 2.6 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses occurred in 2021. Defective equipment is one factor that contributes to this staggering figure.