Many times, when a worker gets hurt on the job, the entire incident stems from the behavior of another worker or a confluence of events that the company would have had no control over, which means that the company isn’t liable for the incident. The worker who got hurt can receive workers’ compensation benefits for lost wages and medical expenses.

However, there are situations where an employer has some responsibility for workplace injuries and the losses they can cause for workers. In these scenarios, the injured worker may need to bring a claim against the company instead of against a workers’ compensation insurance policy.

Did an employer fail to maintain safe facilities?

There are different risks associated with different career paths, and your employer should do their best to mitigate risk on the job and comply with federal and state standards for the industry in which they operate.

If the company cuts corners on building maintenance, if they refuse to make necessary repairs or if they don’t keep machinery working properly, any workers who get hurt on the job as a result of those failures could potentially bring a claim against the company.

Did the company break the law or require workers to break the law?

There are specific rules and laws that mandate certain safety measures and training for employees and specific scenarios. If an employer intentionally violates these rules or compels their workers to violate these rules, workers who get hurt under such inappropriate work conditions may be able to bring a claim against the company as a result.

Looking carefully at your circumstances, including how your employer treated you before and after your injury, can give you a better idea of how to proceed after a workplace accident leaves you hurt.