Navigating Work-Related Injuries
We go to work to do a job, complete a task, and further our careers. No one ever expects to go to work and leave with a life-changing injury, or even worse, not come back at all. While your job prepares you with training and safety instructions, accidents can happen, and most of the time, they are not your fault. And even if you can attribute the accident to your own wrongdoing, you might be surprised at how the company can still be at fault.
A woman working for Botanical Food Company suffered from a work-related injury this July of 2017. The woman lost the tips of her index finger and middle finger in this accident. The incident occurred when the tube-filling machine she was working with produced a gap in the production line. The woman saw the gap and wanted to catch up on their slow morning and stuck her fingers in the machine to speed things along and reduce the gap. The woman claims that she did not think of a possible injury that could result from her actions. According to a report on the incident from The Chronicle, even though the company did not exhibit any reckless behavior, they “pleaded guilty to failing to comply with its health and safety duty.”
Even though the woman had been working with this same machine for over 100 hours, it was modified in 2008 and was now lacking a safety guard that would have automatically stopped the machine, rather than remain running while her fingers were inside. The woman admitted to her own foolish behavior, but regardless, the problem could have been avoided. The company was fined with $35,000, and the machine was promptly fixed after the incident.
Just like in this scenario, Williams Kherkher makes note that you can be eligible for compensation, even if the accident was caused by your own actions. It is common for workers to ignore their work-related injuries, but there is actually compensation waiting for you if you take legal actions. The company you work for will try anything to avoid a lawsuit and negative publicity, so you need to make sure that you are not being taken advantage of, and the best way to do that is by hiring a lawyer.
Immediacy is an important factor in your case. While the wounds are still fresh (literally) make sure to record the injuries you receive and take good account into the exact implications of how it happened. Sometimes your company will try to downplay your injuries, or send you to doctors who will under-diagnose you, it is important to go to a doctor that you trust. Often, your injuries can inhibit your ability to work and provide for your family, so it is important to get the compensation you deserve. The more experience your lawyers have, the more precedents they can use in favor of your case. Don’t let your company take advantage of you, or try to persuade you not to take legal action. If you were hurt on the job, no matter who is at fault, there is always some action to be taken.