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Our Attorneys Help Workers Recover Damages for Victims of Workplace Accidents

Third-party claims for occupational equipment defects

In many workplace injuries the law requires that in exchange for receiving immediate Workers’ Compensation benefits without having to prove negligence by your employer, you waive your right to sue your employer. However, your workers’ compensation benefits do not affect your right to sue a third party for their negligence.

Founded in 1978, Burke, Miele, Golden & Naughton, LLP helps you explore your options for recovery after you sustain an on-the-job injury. Our team investigates whether the facts of your case support a personal injury claim against the manufacturer of defective equipment used in Orange County, Rockland County or another Hudson Valley community. For example, a machine with inadequate safety guards may cause a devastating construction accident or other workplace accident for which you are entitled to both New York workers’ compensation from your employer’s insurance and damages directly from a manufacturer or other responsible party.

Occupations at risk of serious product defect injuries

A product defect can injure people in many types of occupations. For example, an IT specialist might suffer serious injuries because of a broken chair or a malfunctioning electrical system. But the workers who are put at greatest risk of harm are involved in these dangerous industries:

  • Construction
  • Agriculture
  • Manufacturing
  • Factories
  • Auto body repair
  • Mining
  • Transportation
  • Medical
  • First responder and rescue
  • Pest control
  • Shipping and maritime

Products liability claim against a manufacturer

Commonly, defects in heavy equipment and sophisticated tools of the trade result in such serious accidents as:

  • Ladder collapse
  • Scaffolding collapse
  • Electrocution
  • Fire and explosion
  • Heavy equipment malfunction
  • Exposure to toxins

Often, products manufacturers are responsible for injuries that arise from these types of accidents.

Injuries caused by defective products

Product designers, manufacturers and vendors are responsible for creating and marketing safe products. In addition, the makers of dangerous products are required to post ample warnings about hazards and correct instructions for use. These corporations may be held liable if a defective product results in:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Paralysis
  • Amputation
  • Crush injuries
  • Fractures
  • Severe lacerations
  • Loss of sight or hearing
  • Occupational illness
  • Burns
  • Nerve damage
  • Scars and disfigurement

Serving clients in New City, Goshen and the surrounding areas, our attorneys can provide valuable assistance if you were injured on the job.

Learn about your recovery options after you sustain a job-related injury

Burke, Miele, Golden & Naughton, LLP is a premier civil litigation firm that helps injured workers throughout the Hudson Valley region. Schedule your free consultation at one of our two conveniently located offices in Goshen and New City.  We also service other cities in the Hudson Valley area, such as Poughkeepsie, Peekskill and Middletown. Call our personal injury firm at 845-294-4080 or contact us online. We are accessible by public transportation and offer ample free parking.


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