Many of the people a work injury attorney helps are everyday working people. In some cases, these individuals are harmed in the course of their jobs and, when that happens, the effects can be truly devastating. Lost wages, the inability to work a career that you may have been at for most of your life and even more can result from these cases. When the employer is to blame for the injury, it can be very difficult for the employee to file a suit. This is down to loyalty, in some cases, but even the most valued virtues can be hindrances to justice, in some cases.
An employer has the responsibility to provide a safe work environment. There are numerous agencies that oversee this requirement, OSHA among them. When employee safety standards are violated and someone is injured, it’s not a “these things happen” situation. Someone is responsible and workers have a right to find out who that person is and to be compensated for their injuries. Oftentimes, the worker may have to think very far back to find out how the dangerous situation was set up in advance.
As an example, take the numerous injuries that plague the petroleum and mining industries. In 2010, a major mine collapse and one of the worst—possibly the worst—oil spill in history grabbed the headlines. In both of these cases, the companies are being investigated. This has to do with a long history of some industries skimping on safety standards, expecting employees to take excessive risks and plain old lying. The safety standards that apply to industry are the results of literally over 100 years of trying to keep workers safer. If you’ve been injured due to corporate negligence, you shouldn’t feel alone.
If you’ve been injured at work because the driver of a truck wasn’t given adequate time to rest, have been exposed to hazardous substances or have suffered other injuries, you owe it to yourself to seek damages. You also owe it to your other workers. If history has proven one thing, it’s that companies are only as responsible as they are legally liable and enforcing that liability is something that workers, unfortunately, have to take on themselves. With a good lawyer behind you, however, you have nothing to fear from even the largest corporations and, potentially, you have a lot to gain from pursuing the case.