Every year, workers lose their lives in logging and timbering accidents throughout the country. Many serious and fatal accidents in this industry are preventable with due care. If you believe your recent injury or the death of a loved one was caused by someone else, such as a timber company or equipment manufacturer, contact the Morgantown personal injury attorneys at Robinette Legal Group, PLLC. We offer free legal consultations, where you can review your legal options at no cost or obligation.

Common Types of Logging and Timbering Accidents Near Morgantown, West Virginia

Felling trees, cutting limbs, and moving the timber to trucks are not easy tasks. Logging and timbering are dangerous processes that require specialized tools and equipment. Workers in this industry must be highly trained and vigilant at all times. Employers must also take proactive steps to ensure the safety of the workplace. Even a simple mistake can lead to a devastating accident.

Some of the most common accidents cited in logging and timbering injury reports are:

  • Being struck by falling, rolling, or sliding trees and limbs
  • Crane accidents and dropped logs
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Falls from heights
  • Chainsaw and logging machine accidents
  • Being caught in or between pieces of machinery or equipment
  • Defective or malfunctioning equipment accidents
  • Overexertion or repetitive motion injuries
  • Logging truck accidents and rollovers
  • Accidents while transporting timber to the sawmill

These accidents can cause severe to catastrophic physical injuries, such as broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, crushed limbs, amputations, spinal cord injuries, internal injuries, and lacerations. They can also lead to psychological problems for workers, such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Should You Settle for Workers’ Compensation if You Were Injured in a Logging Accident Near Morgantown?

Many logging and timbering injuries and deaths are preventable. Although this is one of the most dangerous industries in the U.S., there are ways for employers and site managers to minimize the risk of accidents. They must obey government safety regulations, hire qualified workers, properly train them and supervise them on the job. They must also properly inspect and maintain all logging equipment. Finally, employers should take into account potentially hazardous work conditions, such as rough terrain and inclement weather, when making decisions.

If a timber company falls short of the accepted duties of care in maintaining a safe work environment, the company may be financially responsible (liable) for a related worker injury. In this scenario, filing a personal injury lawsuit against the company may result in greater monetary recovery for the injured worker than a workers’ compensation settlement. This is why it is important to speak to a logging and timbering injury attorney before accepting workers’ comp. Once you accept a settlement, you can no longer file a lawsuit against your employer.

You could be eligible for financial compensation through a lawsuit as well as workers’ comp if someone other than your employer is responsible for your injury or a loved one’s death. If you were injured by a defective piece of logging equipment, for example, you may be able to file a workers’ comp claim as well as a lawsuit against the product manufacturer. Filing both types of claims can maximize your or your family’s financial recovery.

Contact Us Today for a Free Case Review in Morgantown

The legal process for seeking financial compensation for a logging and timbering injury or death is complicated. With an experienced attorney by your side, you can rest assured that your case is in good hands. Attorney Jeff Robinette has a history as an insurance defense lawyer. He understands how insurance companies handle claims and has the ability to find weaknesses in their cases.

Our law firm can help you pursue justice and maximum financial compensation for a logging or timbering injury, as well as the death of a loved one. We will make sure your family has everything it needs during this difficult time. Discuss your rights with one of our attorneys in Morgantown, West Virginia today. Request a free consultation by calling (304) 594-1800 or submitting our online query form.

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Brain Injury

While timbering in WV, a heavy equipment operator sustained a permanent brain injury while performing the duties of his job. What price can you put on the loss of a fully functioning, fully reasoning brain? Jeff Robinette was able to negotiate a settlement that was annuitized to provide for this man for the rest of his life.

Crushed Leg Injury

Imagine having your leg crushed so badly in an accident that you have to undergo two surgeries to insert multiple pins and have a rod hammered into the bone just to stabilize the femur. Unfortunately, the first rod inserted into the bone didn’t accomplish the desired effect, so the rod had to be removed and surgically reinserted. Imagine the great pain, the months of therapy and recovery, and the frustration of knowing you can never return to the type of work you have performed for decades.

Jeff Robinette was able to obtain a great enough settlement to pay this man’s medical bills in their entirety and money enough to start a new business so he could work and live a productive life even with his permanent impairment.

Power Plant Wrongful Death

A young husband and father was performing his duties as ordered, and having been put in harms’ way, was backed over by a truck and crushed. Jeff successfully represented this man’s widow and small child and obtained a substantial settlement which allowed this family to begin to put back together their broken lives.

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