Portland Logging Accident Attorney
Defending the Injured for 35+ Years
Though logging can be a dangerous job due to the manual labor and machinery involved, not all accidents happen on their own. Injuries and deaths can result not only from outside conditions, but also from negligence on the part of the logging employer, machine manufacturer, or some other individual or entity. Just because you choose to be a logger does not mean that you should be forced to deal with the consequences of a logging accident on your own. You deserve compensation like any other injured accident victim.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a logging accident in Oregon, you want to be represented by someone who knows what it’s like to be out in the field. Our Portland logging accident attorney has worked blue-collar jobs and has worked in logging himself. Our logging injury lawyer understands your unique situation. At the Law Offices of Timothy Grabe, you can expect to be treated with respect and compassion as we fight to achieve justice on your behalf.
Call us today at 503-223-0022, or contact us online for your free consultation. Let us elevate your voice during this time. We help logging accident victims on a contingency basis, which means that you don’t pay a dime until we recover the compensation you deserve.
Logging Accidents Caused by Negligence
Logging accidents are often caused by the negligence of an employer, which allows the injured party to file for workers’ compensation benefits. Many logging accidents, however, are caused by third parties. When you suffer from injuries because of a third party, you may be able to recover additional compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit or third-party workers’ comp claim. It’s important that you contact a knowledgeable attorney who can help you determine your options.
Typical examples of negligence in logging accidents include:
- Truck accidents caused by another driver or safety defect. As if truck accidents weren’t already dangerous, overloaded or over-length logging trucks can cause destruction on roads and end in severe injuries. Unsecured debris from the trucks can also hit nearby cars or motorcyclists and cause fatal logging truck accidents.
- Injuries caused by defective equipment. Logging involves heavy equipment like chainsaws, skidders, bulldozers, and forklifts. A defect in the equipment that causes a part to fly off or the machinery itself to malfunction can produce serious injuries, including brain and head trauma, broken bones, burns, and more. You may have an injury claim against the parts or equipment manufacturer, depending on the nature and cause of the defect.
- Injuries caused deliberately by your employer. These are injuries that occur due to unsafe working conditions that your employer knew about. Employers who fail to teach or enforce safety standards or who fail to provide proper protective equipment can be held liable for accidents and injuries that result. These cases are often challenging to prove and require the experience of a seasoned personal injury attorney who can thoroughly investigate the accident.
- Injuries caused by a contractor at the logging site. Contractors may handle loading or unloading trucks, carrying equipment, or performing other tasks connected to the logging job. If a contractor is negligent and causes you injury, you might have a third-party workers’ comp claim or personal injury claim against the negligent worker or their employer.
Occupational Safety & Health Administration Safety Standards
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) sets safety requirements for logging sites that must be strictly adhered to. Any employer or third-party contractor or property owner found to be in violation of these standards may be held liable for monetary damages.
Strict safety regulations include:
- Logging sites must be checked for loose bark, limbs, and other hazards prior to commencing operations
- Workers must be provided with appropriate protection, including eye, head, face, hand, and leg protection
- Work areas must be apportioned so that trees can’t fall into another occupied work area
- Loggers must be trained to evaluate each situation for wind, dead limbs, snow, and other conditions
- The parties must conduct periodic safety inspections to ensure everything is being conducted up to code
- Each job site should be surveyed and analyzed for hazards and safety compliance before the day’s work begins
Common Logging Injuries
Logging is a dangerous job, and injuries sustained in logging accidents are likely to be severe. Some of the more common injuries our clients experience in logging accidents include:
- Shoulder, neck, and back injuries
- Bone breaks and fractures
- Head trauma and traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Limb amputation
If you bring a third-party negligence claim after a logging injury, you could recover damages for these and other injuries. The logging accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Timothy Grabe will help you fight for damages including:
- Medical costs
- Expenses for future medical treatments including physical therapy, nursing care, and medical devices
- Income lost due to time missed from work
- Estimated future income loss due to disability
- Pain and suffering and other psychological damages
- Wrongful death
Wrongful Death in Logging Accidents
The most unfortunate logging accidents can result in the unthinkable: the death of a family member. If your loved one was killed in a logging accident due to the negligent actions of a third party, you and your family have the right to recover for your loss. The wrongful death lawyer at the Law Offices of Timothy Grabe can help you seek justice and hold responsible the parties who have caused your family such devastation.
How a Portland Logging Accident Lawyer Can Help You
Logging accidents can result in serious injuries, including fractures, amputations, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord damage that can lead to paralysis. The severity of these injuries can rack up significant medical expenses due to required surgeries or extensive treatment, and some injuries are permanent and require lifelong care. You may also have missed days or weeks of work to treat your injuries, resulting in lost wages.
Our Portland logging injury lawyer has aggressively pursued the rights of thousands of injured clients and has achieved full compensation for them in their time of need. With our resources and knowledge, the Law Offices of Timothy Grabe can hold at-fault parties responsible for their negligence and fast-track your healing process.
Our Portland logging accident attorney has recovered millions for injured clients and can help you, too. Call us at 503-223-0022 if you’re ready to pursue the compensation you deserve.