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Man injured in workplace accident by other company files suit

A man from Texas has filed suit against a company that employed people at the same work site where he worked, alleging that he was seriously injured due to an accident that their employees caused. His suit claims that the business was negligent in their actions in his place of employment and therefore should be held liable for the damages resulting.

The man was working as a carpenter's helper at a construction site on Nov. 11, 2014, when an employee of Travis County's Newtron Group appears to have dropped a crescent wrench from scaffolding above him. The wrench plummeted through the air and struck the man in the lower back, causing serious and life-altering injuries.

The man, who was an employee of a different company at the time of the accident, has filed suit against the Newtron Group suggesting that their corporate behavior on the work site demonstrated negligence. Some of the damages cited by the suit include his physical pain, debility, lost wages, medical costs, fees to the attorney and other assorted expenses.

Any individual who suffers an on-the-job injury may expect compensation from their employer as they heal. However, if the injury was caused by someone outside their business, such as a negligent civilian driver who hits a worker or an employee of another corporation who causes an accident at a shared work site, then the injured worker may file a personal injury claim against that party in an attempt to hold them responsible for damages. An attorney may be able to further explain the process and help someone who has been hurt to obtain their fair compensation.

Source: Southeast Texas Record, "Carpenter alleges negligence in workplace accident," Carol Ostrow, March 6, 2015

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