Beasley Allen handles a variety of cases related to workplace safety. A personal injury lawyer is often contacted after a person is seriously injured or killed while on the job. When a worker is seriously injured or killed on the job, it is important to look closely at the working environment. Many times, our lawyers investigating a worker’s compensation case discover a defective industrial product, such as dangerous machinery, is to blame for the worker’s injury or death. This may present a third-party product liability claim for the worker, which will help to provide compensation for the worker and their family.
Beasley Allen clients have suffered horrific injuries or families of workers are left to pick up the pieces after their tragic death. When investigating these claims our lawyers have discovered product liability issues ranging from industrial machines that were improperly guarded to workers getting trapped in equipment with faulty lockout/tagout mechanisms, to employees not properly trained in safety procedures designed to prevent an on-the-job injury. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help identify these claims and ensure that employers, manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers and others who make products available to the public are held responsible for the injuries those products cause.
Further, Beasley Allen lawyers work closely with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in cases of on-the-job injuries. While investigating one client’s case, our firm learned that the employer never informed OSHA, as required by law, of the serious injury that occurred in their workplace. As a result, enough time had elapsed that OSHA was unable to bring penalties against the employer. The injured worker’s attorney, Kendall Dunson, believes this loophole provides an opportunity for employers to avoid responsibility for worker injuries, putting more workers at risk. Our firm is working to change these rules.
If you need more information, contact Kendall Dunson, who works in our Montgomery office, or Evan Allen in our Mobile office. These lawyers work in our Personal Injury & Products Liability Section and handle workplace litigation for our firm.