Crushing Injuries

Workplace accidents that cause crushing injuries occur in many ways. A construction worker can suffer a crushing injury if his hand is caught in a piece of machinery or a motorized vehicle runs over his foot. A falling load that strikes a warehouse worker or laborer can cause a head crushing injury or musculoskeletal crushing injury. A crushing injury may cause nerve damage, permanent numbness or deformity of a body part, or require amputation of a mangled body part.

If you or a loved one has suffered a crushing injury as a result of employment, you should talk to an experienced Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorney about the benefits you are entitled to receive. Workers’ compensation benefits may include lost wages, medical expenses and vocational rehabilitation costs. A knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyer at Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C., based in Boston, will help you obtain the benefits you need to provide for your family and recover from a workplace injury.

Our workers’ compensation lawyers represent workers from across Massachusetts, including but not limited to Boston, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Plymouth or Merrimack River. We also represent Rhode Island and New Hampshire residents whose injuries occurred in Massachusetts or who were hired in Massachusetts but who were injured out of state.

For a free case evaluation of your workers’ compensation claim, please contact us online or call us toll free at (800) 367-0871. The experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C., have more than 20 years of experience fighting for the rights of individuals injured in the course of their employment.

What Jobs Cause Crushing Injuries in the Workplace?

There are as many types of crushing injuries as there are different occupations involving handling heavy loads and working around heavy equipment and machinery. Massachusetts’ Department of Industrial Accidents has a list of amounts of compensation that injured workers receive when they have a hand, foot or leg crushed in a workplace accident. Yet disputes often arise between injured employers and insurance companies about the extent of the injuries, cost of medical treatment or degree of incapacity.

Workers who work around forklifts, which are also known as powered industrial trucks, may suffer crushing injuries to their torso, chest, feet, hands or head. Operators of heavy equipment such as bulldozers and front-end loaders may suffer a crushing injury if the equipment overturns on a steep slope or falls off a jack stand.

Mechanics may suffer a crushing injury if caught between the arm of a hydraulic lift and the ground when the hydraulic lift fails or is lowered unexpectedly. Mechanics may experience a crushing injury if a jack stand overturns, allowing a vehicle to fall.

Warehouse workers may suffer a workplace crushing injury if struck by falling pallets or heavy materials. Shippers and warehouse workers may be crushed between a tractor-trailer and a loading dock.

Crane riggers and construction workers who assist crane operators in transferring loads such as pipe, steel beams or building materials may be crushed by a dropped load if they stand in the fall zone.

Workers who load, unload and handle large heavy granite slabs and stone slabs are at risk of a crushing injury, including fatal crushing injuries. Stone slabs can weigh hundreds to thousands of pounds. Several fatal workplace injuries were reported in Massachusetts and Rhode Island involving workers who were crushed between stone slabs weighing from 4,000 to 6,000 pounds.

Farm workers who handle large animals may suffer workplace injuries, including crushing injuries, if they get pinned between the animal and a gate, fence or wall.

What Workers’ Compensation Disability Benefits Are Available?

A crushing injury can incapacitate a worker temporarily or leave him or her permanently unable to return to a former job. You may be eligible for temporary total disability, partial disability or permanent and total disability benefits as a result of a crushing injury. Employee’s workers’ compensation benefits are determined by several factors, including average weekly wage and degree of incapacity from a workplace injury. A knowledgeable Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorney can review your workplace injury and advise you about which benefits you are entitled to collect.

Contact Our Workplace Injury Lawyers Today

While many Massachusetts lawyers practice in a number of different areas of the law, the workplace injury lawyers at Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C., concentrate exclusively in the area of workers’ compensation. Our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys have more than 20 years of experience in all types of workplace injury cases — and we can help you.

We believe in a hands-on approach, providing individual attention to each and every client. We do not pass off cases to other Massachusetts law firms or to junior associates. A client will have the same attorney handling his or her claim from start to conclusion.

Our workplace accident attorneys believe strongly that all clients should be well educated with respect to the laws and that they should be active participants in all facets of their workers’ compensation claim. We are ready to answer workplace injury questions from workers across Massachusetts, including but not limited to Boston, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Plymouth or Merrimack River. We also represent Rhode Island and New Hampshire residents whose injuries occurred in Massachusetts or who were hired in Massachusetts but who were injured out of state.

For a free, no-obligation evaluation of your workers’ compensation claim, please contact us online. The workers’ compensation lawyers at Kantrovitz & Associates are here to help victims of workplace injuries. You may also call us toll free at (800) 367-0871.