"What happens if I'm injured due to the actions of another co-worker?"
A construction worker was seriously injured after a live wire fell on top of him at a construction site in Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday morning.
A crane operator at the construction site in the 700 block of Wythe Street hit an electrical wire just before 7:30 a.m., Crystal Nosal with the Alexandria Police Department said. The wire fell down to the street, striking 44-year-old construction worker who was nearby.
The victim suffered electrical burns and has been taken to a local hospital. He is in critical but stable condition, according to police.
Mistakes and accidents happen....
When the injury occurs due to the behavior/actions of a fellow employee (unless of a malicious nature), the employer is still held liable, and proper benefits should be awarded.
The injured employee should report the accident, and then file a workers' compensation claim.
The step after that would be to call someone like us at Loney & Schueller. We find in a majority of claims, the employer will try to short-change the employee into accepting a lesser sum than rightfully entitled...or even by trying to threaten the employee with job loss if the employee goes through with the claim.
This is unjust, unlawful...and unfortunately, something we see far too often. Let us fight for you to ensure your rights are not denied...and that you receive the compensation you rightfully deserve!
Call Eric, Randy, and Sarah 515-225-4485.