Many Ohioans work in positions that place them at risk of injury, even when they feel completely safe. An employer error, faulty equipment, or another negligent employee can cause a horrific accident. While regulations attempt to keep working conditions safe, those regulations are often broken and a worker may find himself injured as a result. Also, these regulations do nothing to help injured workers with their care after the injury. For these individuals a lawsuit may be their only option to reaching a full recovery.
An inspector may be facing this situation after being seriously injured when a cherry-picker fell and crushed him. According to reports, the man was inspecting the underside of an overpass when the accident occurred. It is initially are unclear as to whether the accident resulted from mechanical or operator error, but the injured, whom had to receive CPR, will likely face a long, expensive recovery.
When workplace injuries occur in Ohio, the injured individual will likely want to seek disability benefits through workers’ compensation. The process can be very complicated, but an experienced attorney can help a victim assess the situation and develop a strategy that may lead to compensation.
For example, workers’ compensation claims that have been challenged by an employer or an employer’s insurance require several elements to be proven before compensation can be awarded. Typically, an employer/employee relationship must exist, the injury must be accidental in character and result, the harm must have occurred in the course of employment, and the injury must have arisen out of the employment. Ohio courts have struggled to interpret some of this language, but an experienced attorney will fight for an interpretation in a victim’s best interest.
Workplace accidents are all too common. Regardless of the number of safety regulations and procedures, accidents are bound to happen. When they do, the victimized worker should be able to afford his recovery with hope of living a normal life again.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Inspector crushed by I-beam on Interstate 279; traffic restricted,” Jacob Axelrad, Jun. 19, 2013