Montana workers are entitled to a safe workplace. Unfortunately, all too often, workers are exposed to unsafe conditions. If you are injured at work, you need to consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Depending on the circumstances, you might be entitled to compensation for your losses.
At Conner, Marr & Pinski, we represent workers who have been injured on the job in Great Falls, Montana, or the surrounding areas. We are experienced, dedicated trial lawyers that will help you get the compensation you deserve after a workplace accident.
Understanding Your Rights After a Workplace Injury
Working in dangerous conditions imposes obligations of safety on companies responsible for the job site. Most often, companies cannot delegate the safety obligations imposed on them. If you are injured through the negligence of your employer or coworker, and the employer provides workers’ compensation coverage, you may be limited to workers’ compensation benefits.
However, at job sites involving multiple companies and/or general contractors, an entity other than the immediate employer often maintains a duty of safety which it cannot delegate to subcontractors. Given how much time workers spend in the workplace, those subjected to unsafe conditions are likely to suffer workplace injuries at some point in their working careers.
What Are Examples of Unsafe Work Conditions?
Unsafe work conditions often encompass a wide range of dangerous activities or a lack of safety protocols.
Unsafe conditions might include:
- A dangerous work environment
- A lack of supervision
- A lack of training or instruction
- Unsafe tools
- Unsafe equipment
- A lack of manpower
- Insufficient personal protective equipment
- The presence of toxic chemicals and fumes
- Other dangerous work conditions
It is in your best interest to discuss your case with a workplace accident attorney immediately after you are injured. You may only have a limited amount of time to file a claim for damages.
When Can You Sue An Employer for an Accident on the Job?
Most employers are protected from liability by carrying workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation benefits help to provide reimbursement for a person’s lost wages, disability, medical bills, and more.
However, if your employer does not provide workers’ compensation benefits or if a third party was responsible for your injuries, you might be able to file a personal injury lawsuit.
How We Can Help
For many years, our firm has represented people who have been seriously and catastrophically injured in the workplace setting. We have represented people who were injured in or around refineries, construction sites, oil and gas fields, mines, industrial plants, utility companies and facilities, the railroad, etc.
It is imperative that injured workers be informed about all potential sources of recovery to obtain the assistance they need. We have the experience to guide clients through the difficulties associated with catastrophic workplace injuries.