When Big Fines Aren’t a Deterrent
Recent workers’ compensation fines are making the headlines, but is it really enough? Unfortunately, every single day in Ohio and across the US, individuals are asked to perform work related duties that have very real dangers. For many, common sense safety is enough – But unfortunately, accidents do happen! This is exactly why companies are required to have safety measures in place, to prevent tragedies in the first place. Lack of training and proper safety procedures can yield the ultimate price tag. Unfortunately big corporations pay the fines, and go about their day as if nothing happened. This is unacceptable!
A recent story about a gentleman in Oregon is the perfect example. An Ohio auto manufacturing company operating an Oregon facility was fined $570,000 as a result of safety violations that led to an employee suffering severe injuries on the job. Due to an unsafe machine, the 46 year old suffered the loss of his hand and partial loss of his arm, changing his life forever. The simple fix? Proper guards on the machine for which he was assigned to work. This company clearly chose profit over safety!
Protecting Your Rights in a Work Related Injury
Every time a person goes to work there is a level of expectation regarding safety. Sadly this wasn’t the case for the individual mentioned above; his life was forever changed. The company in Ohio was fined $570,000 and the gentleman likely pursued a workers’ compensation claim for benefits and reparations. Nevertheless, nothing will replace his missing limbs!
Unfortunately, the claims process and injury recovery can be incredibly overwhelming. If you allow your place of employment to determine the path to your claim and recovered benefits, your path may come up short! Hiring an expert to navigate the complicated claims and benefits process is essential.
Your workers’ compensation claim for an injury such as loss of limb could include medical care, reconstructive surgeries, therapy, prosthetic, medication, lost wages and more.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury at work, you must call my office now. The Ohio BWC can be very complicated and confusing. As your Ohio workers’ comp attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®
Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus, Dayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.