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Fighting Back Against Work Injuries

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 21st, 2010

Work injures, depending upon your occupation, can be devastating, and sometimes deadly. While some jobs are dangerous by their very nature, your employer still has an obligation to provide you with adequate training and personal protective equipment when they expect you to do a dangerous job. If they didn’t come through on this obligation, it may be time for you to consider calling a personal injury attorney.

One of the things to watch out for at workplaces is inadequate training. OSHA regulations require specific types of training for some jobs. For instance, you can’t just jump on a forklift at a warehouse and start driving it; not legally, anyway. More importantly, an employer cannot require you to perform such a task if you’re not trained. If they do, they may be in violation of federal regulations and other standards.

A personal injury lawyer can help you fight back against such employers. While most employers are good to their employees and want to have a constructive and productive relationship with them, others treat employees as if they’re disposable. If your employer put their profits before their people and you were hurt as a result of it, you may be able to file a lawsuit to recover damages. This is sometimes a very long-term and complex process, but it doesn’t have to be expensive upfront.

Unfortunately, many of the people who are injured at the workplace have hard, dangerous and oftentimes low-paying jobs. If this describes your situation, don’t think for a minute that it means that you can’t find a good lawyer. Some of the best lawyers out there for these cases work with people who don’t have money on hand all the time under what’s called a contingency agreement. This agreement means that the lawyer doesn’t collect any fees at all unless they win a settlement or a jury award for you.

It’s important to stand up for your rights if they’ve been violated. Sometimes, when an employer violates them, a lawsuit is the best way to stand up against them. It puts them on notice that being the boss doesn’t mean that you’re free of responsibility to the people you employ. For those who are injured at their workplace, it presents a way to potentially collect enough in damages to pay for lost time and the expenses related to medical treatment and other necessities.