Some workplaces are inherently dangerous, like a construction site or factory. It may be difficult to eliminate risk completely at these jobs. Unfortunately, some workplaces are made hazardous because of preventable unsafe work conditions.
Regardless of a person’s job, workers have the legal right to a safe workplace that does not provide any unnecessary risk of an accident or injury. When safe workplace standards aren’t present, workers are at risk for having accidents and sustaining injuries. If you’ve been the victim of an accident that was caused by unsafe work conditions, lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC can provide legal assistance to collect compensation to which you may be entitled.
A Safe Workplace and the Law
Nearly 45 years ago, the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970 was passed. The law requires that employers provide a workplace that is free from known hazards. Additionally, the act sets in place specific workplace safety standards to which employers must adhere under the law. For example, the construction industry must adhere to certain regulations for scaffolding detailed in the act, all industries must have a fire prevention plan and an emergency action plan, and industries where hazardous chemicals are accessible must use and store chemicals properly.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) may inspect workplaces in order to ensure that all safety standards are met. When workplace hazards are present, the employer must correct them. If the conditions cause an accident, injured workers can work with unsafe work conditions lawyers to recover compensation.
Workplace Accidents Due to Unsafe Work Conditions
Unfortunately, despite OSHA’s workplace standards, injuries still can and do occur. Falling objects, chemical exposures, hidden tripping hazards, poorly maintained machines and other conditions may create a hazardous environment.
In the event of a workplace accident, the injured worker may recover workers' compensation benefits. These benefits are recoverable regardless of fault for the accident. This provides payment for lost wages, medical care related to the accident, and other types of benefits like specific loss benefits related to permanent loss of use of a body part.
Generally, providing workers' compensation benefits protects employers from lawsuits related to worker injuries. However, in some cases, an injured worker might have grounds to file a third-party liability claim against another party, such as a subcontractor on a construction site. This requires proving that the third party is responsible for the unsafe working conditions and that these conditions led to the worker's accident and resultant injuries. In many cases, the settlement for a third-party liability claim may be greater than the collectible workers' compensation benefits.
You may be able to collect both third-party claim benefits and workers' compensation benefits. Talk to unsafe work conditions attorneys to review whether this is an option available to you.
Get Help from the Unsafe Work Conditions Lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC
If you’ve been the victim of an accident that was the result of a hazardous condition, then get help from unsafe work conditions attorneys. An attorney can walk you through workers’ compensation laws and review any opportunities that exist for third-party lawsuits. Additionally, an attorney can make sure that your claim is filled out completely and correctly and is addressed in a timely manner.
If you need help getting compensation following a workplace accident, the unsafe work conditions lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help. To make sure that you get the amount of compensation that you deserve, call us today at 215-642-2335 or reach us via our contact page.