A personal injury lawyer works in he field of protecting the rights of workers while they are employed in the workplace. There are laws in place that require employers to provide a safe and clean workplace environment both from the standpoint of physical safety as well as freedom from intimidation in the workplace environment.
There are worker’s compensation laws in place in every state of the United States that allow for compensation if an employee is injured on the job, but adequate compensation is not always the result, and there are some difficulties sometimes in determination of just how it applies.
In many instances there is pressure from an employer to see only the doctors that are “approved” or who are connected to the employer in some way. This practice may or may not always be the best choice for all employees, as when an employee is injured on the job, he or she may need to see a specialist for certain injuries.
There may also be pressure, subtle of course, for the employee to come back to work before he or she is ready, and that is not a good pattern either. All decisions such as this should be between the doctor and the patient.
So the first thing that should be done by the employee is to contact a well qualified personal injury lawyer who makes employee law his or her only specialty and who has a good reputation of winning cases in court.
More than likely, your attorney is going to gather as much evidence as possible from depositions from eyewitnesses, such as other employees, schedules of workers, details of any devices, machines, or conditions that were in the area at the time of the injury and similar such forms of evidence.
What the attorney will do will be to construct a timeline so as to place every person and every function of that environment so that a specific cause can be identified that was the cause of the accident that caused the injury.
In many situations the lawyer will have a private investigator on staff, or one will be retained to work in this particular case for just the purpose of gathering as much evidence as possible.
Someone might have forgotten to operate a safety switch, mop the floor, remove an obstruction or a number of problems that could have been set up by carelessness, negligence or inattention. All accidents are simply a chain of events, where if one link in the chain is broken, the accident will never occur.
If a timeline can be shown with appropriate personnel absent, or a mechanical failure were to have happened and an inspection report was not performed in a timely fashion, then culpability can be found.
Many injuries that happen to employees on the job are slow in manifesting the long term difficulties that the employee is going to have. If a lawsuit is brought, it will be to not only compensate the employee for medical bills, but to also compensate for the pain and hardship that he or she will have to endure, sometimes for the rest of their lives, because of the negligence of someone else.