Catastrophic Industrial Injury Attorneys
Serving Kansas City, Independence, Blue Springs & Lee’s Summit
Industrial jobs like those in the manufacturing, transportation and warehousing industries carry some obvious injury risks. After all, the work involves being around heavy equipment, complex machinery, hazardous materials and motor vehicles, such as trucks and forklifts. But there’s a difference between a job’s inherent risks and unreasonable risks.
All too often, workers in Kansas City and across Missouri sustain catastrophic, life-changing injuries that are caused by careless employers and co-workers. And it’s not only the workers who suffer. Their families must deal with the burdens created by these accidents as well.
The Horn Law Firm, P.C., understands how life-changing these injuries can be. We are dedicated to exploring all of the possible options and securing the maximum amount of benefits and other compensation for injured industrial workers and their families.
To find out how we can help you, contact us today through our toll-free number or complete our online form. We offer free initial consultations and will use this meeting to learn more about the industrial accident in your case and the way it has impacted your life. We can also review the legal, medical and insurance issues that we can help you to resolve.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries and Industrial Accidents
The lawyers of The Horn Law Firm, P.C., are familiar with the industrial occupations that produce the most injuries in Missouri.
In fact, the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations has found that the incidence rate for injuries and illnesses in the state’s manufacturing industry is higher than the national rate. This includes jobs involved in manufacturing food, electrical equipment, appliances, furniture and other goods. The accident rates for air, rail and truck transportation and for warehousing and storage jobs are extremely high as well.
We have assisted industrial workers in these jobs who have sustained:
- Serious head and brain injuries (traumatic brain injury, or TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries (including paralysis)
- Crushing injuries
- Musculoskeletal injuries (from overexertion)
- Toxic exposure
- Burns (including chemical burns and radiation burns).
These injuries can result from a wide variety of accidents, including:
- Contact with objects and equipment (including becoming caught in moving parts)
- Transportation (truck drivers may be in accidents or hit co-workers, and forklift accidents are extremely common at workplaces)
- Exposure to harmful substances (factory workers, in particular, may inhale toxic materials)
- Fires and explosions (manufacturing plants often contain highly combustible substances)
- Electrocution (due to faulty or exposed wiring)
- Falls from heights (including ladders, platforms or scaffolding)
- Loading and unloading (including using cranes and forklifts)
- Falling objects (including materials being hoisted to higher levels).
In too many of these cases, the accidents and resulting injuries to industrial workers could have been prevented and are the result of other individuals’ failure to live up to their basic responsibilities.
For instance, the accident may be caused by:
- Failing to provide safe equipment (or failing to maintain equipment)
- Failing to comply with state and federal safety regulations
- Failing to conduct regular safety inspections or conducting inadequate inspections
- Insufficient training (including training that neglects safety issues)
- Mismanagement (supervisors may simply be failing to do their job).
When industrial workers suffer a serious or catastrophic injury, their first thoughts may turn to paying for proper medical care, supporting their families and handling bills. This can be overwhelming when dealing with an injury that prevents them from functioning as they normally would. This is why it is important to contact a lawyer for immediate assistance.
Legal Options for Industrial Workers Hurt in Industrial Accidents
When The Horn Law Firm, P.C., takes on your case, we will look at all possible options for seeking relief for you and your family after a serious industrial accident. We will aggressively seek money to pay for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and other losses.
Your options may include:
- Workers’ compensation benefits – These benefits can cover medical expenses and pay a percentage of lost wages due to a temporary or permanent disability. Death benefits may be available to families who have lost a loved one to an industrial incident. To receive these benefits, you do not need to show that anybody was at fault.
- Personal injury lawsuit and wrongful death claims – In some cases, such as when a non-employer or non-co-worker has caused the accident, compensation can be pursued through a lawsuit. An example would be suing the negligent driver who caused an accident or a manufacturer that produced defective equipment. These cases require proving that someone was at fault. A victim (or family) may seek compensation beyond what is available through workers’ compensation. For instance, they make seek pain and suffering damages or punitive damages.
When we meet for an initial consultation, we can discuss the “ins and outs” of the workers’ compensation benefits process and the steps of filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. We can also explain our aggressive approach to dealing with insurance companies and the way we prepare each case as if it is going to trial.
Our Lawyers Can Help with Catastrophic Injuries in an Industrial Accident
The Horn Law Firm, P.C., is a rapid response law firm. We are available to meet right away with industrial workers and family members dealing with catastrophic injuries suffered on the job. If it is convenient for you, we can meet at your home or in the hospital.
If we take on your case, we’ll get to work right away on gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, documenting your injuries and consulting with our experts. Our goal in every case is to obtain the maximum amount of compensation and to help you to move on with your life.
Learn more by calling us today toll-free or contacting us online.