When an accident happens in the workplace, it is usually the workers that suffer as a result. They can be presented with a danger to their lives, suffer pain from injuries, run the risk of future health conditions due to toxic exposure and may have to face lost wages and medical bills.
Workers’ compensation is always an option for workers that were injured on the job. However, if they believe that their employer was negligent and contributed to the accident, they may want to take further action.
When are employers liable?
Employers have the legal duty to partake in accident prevention and the maintenance of safe working environments. They must ensure that dangerous hazards are eliminated, and minimize the risk of accidents that have the potential to cause serious harm.
In an employee liability case, it must be proven that the employer took reasonable precautions in making sure the accidents were prevented and risks minimized. However, if they did not take all of the reasonable precautions, they could be guilty of negligence.
What are the rights of an employee?
When an employee is injured at work, they have the right to immediate medical attention. They also have the right to workers’ compensation, which can cover some of the lost wages an injured worker suffers, as well as their medical bills.
If you have been injured at work and you believe that your employer was to blame, it is important that you look at the reasons why this might be the case. You should also file for workers’ compensation if you have suffered lost wages.
Source: Chron, “Are Employers Responsible for Accidents in the Workplace?,” accessed March 08, 2018