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Worker sues employer after table falls on his hand

We have often discussed the fact that employers are expected to keep workplaces safe for employees. When the employer doesn't meet that expectation, workers can be injured during an accident. In some cases, those workers might opt to seek compensation from the employer.

A recent case filed in the Jefferson County District Court by a worker at a scrap metal recycling company alleges that the employer's negligence led to a disfiguring injury on Aug. 5, 2014. The man who filed the lawsuit was allegedly working with another worker to remove a steel table from a ship. When the workers got the last leg removed, the table fell onto the victim's hand.

The worker suffered injuries to his fingers and his hand when the table fell on him. This led to a loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, disfigurement, medical expenses, disability and a loss of earnings and earning capacity. The man is seeking damages, as well as the costs associated with the lawsuit.

In the lawsuit, it is alleged that the scrap metal recycling company failed to establish rules to keep workers safe. It also alleges that the company didn't offer proper training and didn't provide a reasonably safe workplace for employees. Other negligent acts are also noted in the complaint.

Even in jobs that carry some risk to employees, employers are still expected to keep workers as safe as possible. Any worker that was injured in an accident that was caused because an employer didn't have proper safety procedures, rules or policies might opt to seek compensation for the injuries.

Source: Southeast Texas Record, "Texas Metal Scrap Recyclers sued over alleged negligence in workplace accident," Robbie Hargett, Sep. 23, 2015

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