Every employee has a right to a safe work environment and every employer must follow the laws that ensure that the workplace is safe from known dangers. However, sometimes due to employer negligence, accidents still happen in the workplace that can lead to serious workplace injuries. Pennsylvania residents may be aware of a workplace accident that occurred back in 2011. Recently, the worker injured in that incident has filed a lawsuit against his former employer.
According to sources, the employee was injured in an electrical accident. Court documents state that the employee was moving a light tower around the North Philadelphia Station in 2011 when he suffered an electrical shock. The worker suffered from various injuries due to the workplace accident. His bones, tissue, head, arms and feet were injured. He required prolonged hospitalization due to his neurological and cardiac injuries. The worker claimed that his managers in the company failed to follow the protocols which could have prevented the work accident. He stated that he received the shock because his managers did not deactivate the wires that were connected to the tower.
The employee has filed a lawsuit against his former employer claiming that the company failed to provide a safe workplace. He also claims that the company violated the Federal Employers’ Liability Act. This act was passed in 1908 by the U.S. Congress to compensate injured railroad workers. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. It states that the employee has lost his potential earning power and underwent medical treatments, which have led to financial losses. He is seeking damages in excess of $150,000.
Any worker injured on the job due to employer negligence can choose to file a lawsuit against the employer in addition to a workers’ compensation claim. The worker may recover damages for lost wages, disability benefits and medical expenses.
Source: The Pennsylvania Record, “Amtrak employee says company’s negligence caused electrical shock,” Jim Boyle, May 15, 2014