We get up in the morning and go to work just like everybody else, but some of us have more dangerous jobs than others. While you are sitting in your cozy temperature-controlled cubicle, others may 300 feet up on scaffolding braving the cold and a blistering wind. When your job puts you in harm’s way, your employer is required to ensure your safety and meet all government regulations with regards to equipment and procedures. Unfortunately, that is not always the case and employees are injured every day as a result of their employer’s negligence with regards to safety procedures, training and equipment.
There are many reasons employer’s neglect their employee’s safety, and they aren’t always malevolent!
Sometimes, the danger is unknown by both the employer and the employee – case in point, asbestos installation. No one knew the dangers related to handling asbestos (let alone just being in a room with asbestos insulation!!!), and those individuals who were exposed and experienced injury paid the price. These situations in which it seems like no one is at fault are sometimes the most complicated.
Who is liable for the injury? Should the company have known the dangers? Did the employee have the same chance to realize the dangers? These are all questions that an experienced injury lawyer in Sacramento will be able to answer for you, and they will be critical in any workplace injury case.
Other times, dangers are known and they are either ignored or not properly escalated to management. An employee who is used to roughing it and dealing with faulty equipment at home, may not be alarmed by equipment failure in the same way as the next employee, and may choose not to inform management of the safety hazard until it is too late. Once again, this raises tons of questions regarding liability – If an employee knew about the hazard and didn’t inform management and someone is hurt, who will be found liable? The answer is likely the employer, because it was their responsibility to make sure the other employee brought any safety issues to management’s attention. If the employee was acting in gross negligence, then he may be found liable in some way. The possibilities are nearly endless!
The most alarming cases involve the intentional ignoring or hiding of a safety hazard. This most commonly occurs when a manager or business owner ignores a safety hazard because they don’t care about the danger their employees are in, or because they don’t have the money to correct the deficiency. This is an absolute shame and it should never happen, but unfortunately, it does.
Situations like these are all too common and when employers take advantage of those noble people who work so hard to make their businesses a success, the lawyers at the Weinberger Law Firm will be there to make sure justice is served. Our Injury lawyer in Sacramento will fight to make sure that injured workers are justly compensated. Workplace injuries caused by accident are far too common as it is, so we all must fight to make sure that workplace injuries caused by negligence or malevolent behavior remain limited. Our injury lawyer in Sacramento will continue to do our part and fight for those injured in unsafe conditions at work. Call today for a free consultation!