Workplace accidents can occur at any time. Whether an injury is caused by an employee’s
carelessness or employer negligence, employers must take action to protect
workers from further harm.
An employer could potentially face legal liability if negligence led to
an accident. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970,
they are responsible for assuring safe working conditions for employees.
The following are the most common ways your employer can be responsible
for an accident and injury:
- Your employer fails to provide you with proper training or appropriate
- Your employer fails to adhere to the health and safety laws and you suffer
an injury as a result.
- Your employer is responsible for any injuries that may occur while manually
handling items at work.
- Your employer fails to provide details of the jobs and any advice when
carrying out procedures in the workplace, resulting in an accident and injury.
- Your employer is responsible to ensure that there are no hazards that may
In cases where a worker’s own behavior resulted in an accident, employers
are still responsible for ensuring the workers’ safety if the accident
occurred on company property or on company time. They are also responsible
for making sure that the employee receives medical treatment.
In most cases, employees injured at the workplace receive workers’
compensation regardless of who was at fault for the accident. Employers
are required to purchase workers’ comp insurance to pay medical
costs and lost wages that result from a work accident.
However, in situations where someone who is not associated with your employer
is to blame for injuries, this is known as third party liability. This
situation may enable you to file a personal injury lawsuit against that
party, in addition to receiving workers’ comp benefits.
Common examples of third-party liability include:
- Work-related auto accidents
- Defective products
- Accident caused by a visitor to the worksite, a delivery person, or passerby
If you have been injured in an accident on the job in Texas, schedule a
free consultation with our Austin personal injury attorney at The Stewart
Law Firm, PLLC today.