Just about everyone will suffer some sort of injury on the job. Most often, employers are very good about this and there are very specific laws that govern a worker’s rights when they’re injured on the job. There are cases, however, where an employer’s negligence directly leads to an injury and where you may want to consider filing a lawsuit.
Remember that even if you work a dangerous job such as that of a welder, iron worker or miner, you’re still protected against employers who injure you out of sheer negligence.
When employees are asked to take certain risks, there are usually regulations that apply right off the bat. For instance, if an employer asks you to climb to a high shelf in a warehouse or to work on the roof of a building, they have to provide you with proper safety equipment and training, if you don’t have it already. If they expect you to work in an area where piercing injuries to the feet are a hazard, such as on a construction site, they have to require steel-toed and possibly armor-soled boots on the job site. If you know that a regulation such as these was violated, talking to an attorney is a good idea.
In some cases, negligence is expressed as cutting corners. Oftentimes, this involves violating regulations by having someone perform a job for which they haven’t been trained. This is commonly seen with forklifts. Because these vehicles are oftentimes very small, unqualified individuals will hop on them and start working. If this sort of negligence is a problem in your workplace and you’re injured, talking to an attorney is a good idea, as well. There’s no guarantee that you’ll have a case, but there is always a chance that you could have a good one on your hands.
A personal injury attorney is the obvious choice for these cases. Because they work in this field of law all the time, a personal injury lawyer understands negligence and what it means very well and they’ll spot it if it’s a problem. They’ll also likely know the regulations that apply to prevent workers from being injured. If you have questions, you can call most attorneys and they’ll be happy to answer a few for you. If you have a case, be prepared to be asked to come in and to discuss it further.