A workplace accident is not unusual, and it can cause major disruptions in the injured worker’s life. Medical bills can quickly pile up, causing financial burden to the victim’s family. Being injured also means time off as the worker tries to recover, implying lost wages for a period of time. In many serious job-related accident cases, severely-injured workers are not able to return to their jobs due to disabling injuries.
According to South Brunswick Police, a worker sustained serious injuries on June 17, and is in extremely critical condition after cardboard boxes fell on top of him in the Landsberg warehouse on Melrich Road. The 58-year-old man was at his computer desk when the accident occurred. Several co-workers lifted the boxes off the injured worker who suffered head trauma and was airlifted to a hospital in New Brunswick.
The company that employed the worker is in the business of selling shipping materials, including cardboard boxes, tape, and stretch wrap. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the workplace accident.
As a general rule, employers have a duty to keep the workplace safe and free from hazards that can cause accidental injuries and occupational illnesses. In addition to state regulations, OSHA imposes strict standards to provide a safe working environment. When looking for liability for job-related injuries, all these regulations and laws are taken into account.
Under New Jersey law, employers who are not covered by federal programs are required to have Workers’ Compensation or self-insurance that would provide benefits to employees injured on the job. However, filing a claim for WC benefits can be confusing, and there’s no guarantee that injured workers will get all of the benefits they deserve.
Moreover, the laws governing Workers’ Compensation prohibit workers from suing their employers once they receive benefits. The insurance carriers of most employers know exactly how to use the Workers’ Compensation system to their advantage, leaving many severely injured workers under-compensated. Injured employees or their families need to seek the legal advice of a New Jersey personal injury attorney to obtain their legal rights.