Industrial Accidents

Industrial Accident Attorneys in Durham, NC

If you or a family member has been injured in an industrial accident, the industrial accident attorneys at Copeley Johnson & Groninger can help you to navigate the legal system and get the care that you need. Our North Carolina industrial accident lawyers have successfully litigated or resolved claims for clients that were injured by:

  • Explosions and fires
  • Falls from structures and equipment
  • Blows and injuries to eyes and other body parts from falling or flying objects
  • Trauma from witnessing the injuries and deaths of others
  • Flying molten glass
  • Building and trailer collapse
  • Heavy equipment malfunction from misuse or misrepair
  • Forklift accidents
  • Burst piping and tubing
  • Exploding pressure vessels

Man Injured on Construction Site

Industrial accidents can greatly impact the lives of victims and their family members. These types of accidents are usually unexpected and can cause minor or major damage to the victim physically and mentally. An experienced industrial accident lawyer can help to provide guidance and resources needed by the victim in the form a life care plan.

Industrial accidents often occur as a result of defective, misused, or improperly installed equipment, unsafe structures, or an inadequate, broken, or missing safety device. Some accidents are due to the company knowingly putting their workers at risk, some are not. If you have been injured at work, you could have a legal claim.

Many industrial accidents also involve negligence by third parties (property owners, contractors, subcontractors). In these cases, you may be entitled to more than workers’ compensation. This is significant because workers’ compensation does not pay for “non-monetary” injuries like pain and suffering.

Because we litigate both workers’ compensation and personal injury claims, we understand how the laws work together. We thoroughly investigate the causes of industrial accidents and aggressively pursue all responsible parties so that our clients are compensated as fully as possible. If you need answers about your accident, please call us for a free consultation today. Valerie Johnson and Leto Copeley are here to help.

DID YOU KNOW? One of the deadliest industrial accidents in U.S. history happened in North Carolina. In 1991, 25 workers died in a fire at the Imperial Foods chicken processing plant in Hamlet while trapped inside a locked building. Fifty-four other workers were badly injured, suffering burns, blindness, respiratory disease from smoke inhalation, neurological damage, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The fire was caused by faulty equipment. In 11 years, the factory had never received a safety inspection.

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