Company owners are responsible for providing workplace environments that are free of known hazards. In the event of a worker suffering workplace injuries, the injured person may file benefits claims through the company's workers' compensation insurance provider. Employees are typically barred from filing claims against their employers; however, there are exceptions. In cases of egregious negligence by an employer, an injured victim may have a viable personal injury claim.
Such a lawsuit was recently filed against an Iowa company that does powder coating for metals. The civil claim refers to a workplace accident that occurred in 2014 when a massive piece of metal fell and caused severe injuries to the legs of a worker. The plaintiff alleges the bolts and chains from which a part to be powder-coated was hung were not strong enough to carry the load that was hung from them.
It is also alleged that every time new chains were purchased, they had prominent stickers warning consumers not to hang parts from them. Despite these warnings, and employees notifying the business owner of the danger, the inadequate chains are said to have remained in use. The victim claims that this overt disregard of workers' safety led to his legs being burned and crushed.
The injured worker is seeking recovery of damages for loss of income, medical expenses, pain and suffering -- past and future in all instances -- along with punitive damages. Iowa victims of workplace injuries who believe their employer is guilty of gross negligence may benefit from consulting with an experienced workers' compensation attorney. A lawyer can review the circumstances that led to the injuries to determine whether grounds exist for a personal injury claim in civil court.
Source: globegazette.com, "Workplace injury lawsuit filed against Clear Lake company", Mary Pieper, June 28, 2016