Heavy equipment operators face dangerous working conditions on a daily basis. If you are a heavy equipment operator in the Chicagoland area who has been injured on the job, Malman Law can help you seek maximum workers’ compensation benefits for your injury.

Operating heavy equipment requires special skill. Few people have the training, experience, and confidence needed to get behind the wheel of a multi-ton piece of machinery that requires precise handling with complex controls. Heavy equipment operators play a critical role in our economy, and they often put their health and safety on the line to do so.

This is because even the best operators can suffer serious injuries in unexpected accidents. From rollovers due to loading errors to issues caused by defects in the machinery, there are countless issues that can suddenly put heavy equipment operators in the hospital and out of work. While some accidents may give rise to personal injury claims, more often than not, heavy equipment operators must seek medical and disability benefits through workers’ compensation.

Experienced Workers’ Compensation Lawyers for Heavy Equipment Operators

At Malman Law, we are committed to helping heavy equipment operators secure just compensation for their job-related injuries. We have helped thousands of injury victims secure millions of dollars in compensation, maintaining a 95 percent success rate for our clients.

Our lawyers are available to represent operators of all types of heavy machinery, including:

  • Backhoes
  • Bulldozers
  • Cranes
  • Dump trucks
  • Excavators
  • Front loaders
  • Forklifts
  • Haulers
  • Hydraulic machinery
  • Skid steer loaders
  • Track loader
  • Tractors

Common Injuries Involving Heavy Equipment

All job-related injuries can entitle injured workers to workers’ compensation in Illinois. As long as your employer is covered (and most Illinois employers are), if you suffer any injury in the course of your employment, with only limited exceptions, you are entitled to receive “no-fault” benefits for your injuries. These benefits include:

  • Medical benefits
  • Vocational rehabilitation benefits
  • Temporary or permanent disability

Some of the most common types of injuries we see with heavy equipment operators include the following:

  • Burns – Burns from hot engines and exhausts, fires, and explosions can cause serious damage. Many burn victims experience permanent scarring and disfigurement in addition to suffering from lifelong disabilities.
  • Crushing injuries – Rollovers, reversing accidents, collisions, falling materials, and other incidents can lead to crushing injuries, including severely broken bones and internal bleeding. Compartment syndrome (muscle, nerve, blood vessel, and tissue damage caused by pressure in the arms and legs), crush syndrome, and rhabdomyolysis are serious concerns with crushing injuries as well.
  • Falls – Falls from heavy equipment can also lead to disabling injuries. It does not take a major fall to cause serious damage—even a “minor” accident like slipping off of the step of a truck can lead to back injuries, brain injuries, and broken bones.
  • Inhalation injuries – From diesel fumes to dust and debris, heavy equipment operators face a number of risks when it comes to inhalation. Inhaling foreign substances can cause asthma and other medical conditions, and can also cause dizziness and fainting which can then lead to fall-related injuries.

Again, these are just examples. If you are a heavy equipment operator who has suffered any type of work-related injury in the Chicagoland area, we encourage you to contact us immediately to discuss your claim.

Steps You Should Take After Suffering a Work-Related Injury

If you have suffered an injury at work, there are a few things you need to do right away. First, you need to report your injury to your employer. Your employer will likely give you an accident report to fill out and should also provide you with information about approved medical providers. Unless you require emergency care (in which case you should dial 911), you may be required to see a doctor who has been approved by your employer in order to receive full benefits for your injury.

As noted above, you should also contact one of our workers’ compensation attorneys as soon as possible. Claiming workers’ compensation is challenging, and with all of the rules and procedures you need to follow, it is easy to make mistakes that can harm your chances of collecting maximum benefits. At Malman Law, we will handle the process for you and make sure you do not jeopardize your legal rights.

Call Malman Law for a Free Workers’ Compensation Consultation Today

To get help with your Chicago-area workers’ compensation claim, contact Malman Law for a free, confidential consultation. Call (888) 675-9854 or submit our consultation form to speak with an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation for heavy equipment injuries attorney today.