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Filing a Lawsuit Over a Work Injury

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 5th, 2010

Employers have a duty to provide their employees with a safe work environment. In some cases, they may shirk this duty, resulting in their employees becoming injured or even killed. These are the types of cases that can be handled by a personal injury attorney. There are detailed laws and regulations that cover working conditions and, when they are broken and someone is hurt, you have a right to seek compensation from the employer. Some of these cases become egregious and the negligence exhibited by some companies is simply amazing.

When companies fail to adequately train personnel for their jobs, they create a situation where it’s very likely that those personnel could injure themselves or their coworkers. These cases sometimes result in death. Even in these extreme circumstances, you have the ability to seek a civil suit against the offending company. A wrongful death lawyer can handle such cases. They won’t be intimidated by the company and they won’t take a settlement unless it’s adequate to cover your pain and suffering due to the loss of your loved one. There have been many successful suits filed against employers who have put their workers at undue risk.

There are some ways you can protect yourself against work-related injuries. It starts with knowing the regulations that exist to protect you. You should never:

  • Be asked to perform tasks for which you’re untrained
  • Be asked to use equipment in a dangerous manner
  • Be asked to enter a confined space without training
  • Be asked to operate equipment without training
  • Be asked to break or ignore laws regarding hazardous substances

Some employers will try to save some money by taking shortcuts. A personal injury law firm will be able to recognize where this may have happened when they look over your case and, if it’s apparent that you were asked to put yourself at risk that wasn’t warranted or a regular part of your employment, you may be able to file a suit to seek compensation for any injuries you suffered.

There are dangerous jobs out there. If you have been asked to undertake tasks that made your job far more dangerous than need be, however, consider talking to a personal injury lawyer. They may be able to help you fight back against a company that didn’t do all it could have to make sure that you were safe.