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Heavy Equipment Accidents

If you’ve been injured in a heavy equipment accident, you may be unsure about whether workers’ compensation will cover all of your bills, expenses, and lost wages. You may also wonder if you are entitled to further compensation, who is responsible for the accident, and if you yourself will be blamed for the incident.

The Washington State heavy equipment attorneys at Emery | Reddy, PLLC can answer these questions. We have more experience successfully representing victims of heavy equipment and construction accidents than anyone in the State. You can’t afford anything less than the best legal representation for your case, and we’re only a phone call away.


Common Injuries From Heavy Equipment Accidents

Heavy equipment accidents often occur at or near construction and industrial sites where many large moving parts create dangerous conditions. Machinery, tools, and vehicles can injure workers, visitors, or those simply passing by. Employers, property owners, and associated parties are responsible for protecting your safety—but often safety measures are neglected or equipment is defective or misused. Resulting accidents can include:

Is My Heavy Equipment Injury A Third-Party Claim Or An L&I Claim?

Third-Party Claim

A third-party claim is one in which someone other than your employer or co-worker is responsible for your injury. If you have been injured on the job due to someone else’s actions or negligence, you may be entitled to additional compensation through a third-party claim, which combines your L&I claim with a personal injury claim using the same facts.

Unlike workers’ compensation payments, there is no limit to the amount of compensation an injured worker may seek in third-party damages. Third-party claims are private matters and are typically litigated directly with the Washington State Superior Court.

If your heavy equipment injury leaves you out of work for an extended period of time,  you may be entitled to compensation for pain, suffering, and lost wages.

L&I Claim

An L&I claim results from a workplace injury or occupational illness. An L&I claim is monitored and managed by an L&I Claim Manager who sees the process through from initial claim filing to closure. If all goes as planned, your claim is accepted by L&I and you will receive certain benefits.

Will L&I Cover All Of My Expenses?

Unfortunately, the answer is often no. You may get workers’ compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and partial, or permanent disability. However, these award are capped at lower levels than what workers can get from simultaneously pursuing an employment law or third-party injury claim with the help of experienced L&I lawyers.

Do I Need A Seattle L&I Lawyer’s Help?

That depends on the details of your injury and circumstances, as well as the amount you want to receive from your accident. In addition to the L&I benefits of workers’ compensation, injury victims may be eligible to file a third-party claim against a negligent person or party. An L&I attorney with a proven track record in heavy equipment lawsuits is vital to maximizing your compensation. In Washington State, no other firm has the legal strategy, connections, and record of success that we do at Emery | Reddy, PLLC.

The experienced L&I attorneys at Emery | Reddy pull together some of the nation’s top medical experts, accident reconstructionists, legal strategists, and economic loss analysts to determine whether another party involved in your accident should be held liable. Building contractors, equipment suppliers and manufacturers, architects, and property owners may be negligent. Examples of negligence could include:

  • A piece of heavy machinery striking someone on a warehouse floor.
  • A truck or equipment operator failing to look and hitting a pedestrian.
  • A defective machine maiming a person in its gear.

When a heavy equipment accident occurs, oftentimes the cause is not negligence from a person on-site, but rather some defect in the product or unreasonably dangerous equipment. Emery | Reddy lawyers have experience helping clients pursue product liability claims in these cases.

Injuries from heavy equipment accidents are often serious or even life-threatening and can drastically change a victim’s life, sometimes requiring life-long medical care and therapy.

Call Emery | Reddy today to learn how we can help. We stop at nothing in fighting to get you the best care and maximum compensation for your injury.

Our Seattle L&I Attorneys Will Help You Recover:

  • Medical benefits: L&I medical benefits will cover all medical costs associated with your claim. This can include doctor appointments, treatments, surgeries, occupational therapy, and prescription medications.
  • Time-loss and wage replacement: If you are approved for time-loss benefits, you may receive compensation for lost wages and vocational rehabilitation.
  • Damages for pain and suffering: L&I award amounts vary widely and typically fall into three categories:
  1. 1. L&I Disability Pensions: A life-long benefit awarded to injured workers who will never be able to return to any gainful employment due to a severe or life-threatening injury.
  2. 2. Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) awards: A one-time sum paid to injured workers when their L&I claim is closed. The worker can re-enter the workforce following a PPD award.
  3. 3. Claim Resolution Settlement Agreement (CRSA): An L&I settlement option where all parties agree to close an injury claim for a specified amount. When agreeing to this settlement type, the injured worker exchanges all future benefits, except medical, for the payment.

We understand that many families depend on the income of an injured worker, and our heavy equipment accident and L&I attorneys are dedicated to winning the benefits and compensation to which you are entitled by law. Our practice was founded on a commitment to advocating for workers’ rights, and we are proud of our record protecting the injured and disabled. Call us today to learn how Emery | Reddy can help you with your L&I claim.

Your L&I Claim Is Worth More If You Also Have An Employment Law Claim

A significant number of L&I workers’ compensation claims often involve additional legal claims such as employment law or third-party claims. Many people file their claims without seeking representation from an L&I attorney and thus never discover that, in addition to their L&I claim, they may be missing out on the ability to file an employment law or a third-party claim. Pursuing additional legal action has the potential to significantly increase a claim’s overall compensation.

What Is An Employment Law Claim?

Many injured workers find that their employer has taken, or plans to take, adverse action against them because they filed an L&I claim or they are out of work. You can file a lawsuit against your employer for several reasons, including retaliation, wrongful termination, disability discrimination, or unpaid wages. An L&I attorney who is experienced in both L&I workers’ compensation law and employment law can help you with your L&I claim while simultaneously filing a federal or state law claim for the violation of workers’ rights by your employer.

Who Is At Fault For A Workplace Injury?

L&I is a no-fault system, ensuring compensation for any workplace injury. However, if a third party is involved in causing the injury, you may be able to pursue legal action against them for additional compensation under third-party claims.

How Do I Know If I Have A Case?

If you have an L&I claim or wonder if you have an injury case, ask yourself the following:

  • Have you been denied the medical care benefits to which you are legally entitled?
  • Has L&I asked you to undergo an Independent Medical Exam (IME)?
  • Do you have questions about the L&I claim process that you don’t understand?

If any of the above apply to you, you may have a case!

Navigating an L&I claim can be difficult and very time-consuming, especially when you’re ill or injured. You want to focus on healing and make sure your bills are paid, but if you don’t file things properly or on time, your health, home, and job could be in jeopardy. Many individuals miss out on much-needed L&I benefits because they don’t understand what to do or how to get the most compensation for their injuries. If you are experiencing any challenges in your case, a labor and industries attorney can assist you. By contacting Emery | Reddy as soon as possible after you’ve been injured, we can help you avoid the common pitfalls of filing an L&I claim. Our Seattle L&I attorneys are here for you every step of the way.

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Emery | Reddy Can Help You With Your L&I Claim

Emery | Reddy, PLLC is the only law firm in Washington State that is equipped to provide comprehensive representation on your case from every angle. Our Seattle L&I attorneys thoroughly assess every case to determine if our clients have additional claims, and at times this can extend far beyond the underlying workers’ compensation claim.

If you have been injured in the workplace, call Emery | Reddy today to speak with our legal team for a free case review. Please remember to have your L&I claim number readily available.

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Claim Value

To determine the value of your L&I claim you first need to understand the different types of L&I awards offered in Washington State.


The L&I workers’ compensation process is anything but straightforward. Find out the answers to your L&I workers’ comp questions today.

L&I—Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance that provides wage replacement and medical benefits to injured workers.

Meet The Team

The L&I attorneys at Emery | Reddy are passionate about helping workers with L&I claims and employment law issues. We Help Workers®: it’s our motto and it’s what drives us every day.

We know how L&I and big companies think, and we understand the tactics they use. Our labor and industries attorneys use that knowledge coupled with over two decades of experience to help our clients get access to the L&I benefits to which they are legally entitled and hold employers accountable when they break the law.

If you’re struggling with an L&I claim, injury, or legal issue at work, please call us and see how Emery | Reddy can help you today.

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