Fortunately, the Tort System has Your Back
When a construction worker is hurt on the job, the impact extends far beyond the immediate injury. Hospital bills, physical therapy, medical devices — that’s just the half of it. In many of these cases, a workplace injury also means a significant detour or roadblock to employment.
With more minor injuries, we may be talking about lost wages while the injured party undergoes rehabilitation. In more severe cases, it can mean lost livelihood — a 50-year-old man or woman suddenly scrambling to find a new career, because they are no longer physically capable of performing the basic functions of their job.
Imagine that. You’ve spent your whole adult life training and working in your chosen field, and all of a sudden, that skill set doesn’t matter. You have to start anew in order to keep afloat, let alone to build that nest egg for retirement.
We talked in our last post about the federal safety rules designed to keep workers safe.
Well, we’ve got bad news on that front.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), if you remember, is the government agency that tracks and enforces on-the-job safety — our first line of defense against catastrophic injuries that can permanently alter the lives of workers and their families.