Anyone who is familiar with previous posts here probably knows by now that there can be more to a workplace injury incident than what is involved in a workers’ compensation proceeding. If there is any type of gross negligence or intentional misconduct on the part of the employer, the incident may result in more than just workers’ compensation: a lawsuit could be filed by the injured worker against the employer. And, in cases that actually result in criminal charges, the possibility of a civil lawsuit against the employer in addition to the criminal case is all the more probable.
According to a recent report, a Pennsylvania construction contractor was recently tried and convicted on criminal charges related to his demolition of a building in Philadelphia in 2013. The reports indicate that the criminal case ultimately revealed some damning details: the contractor underbid the proposed demolition job, which resulted in his attempt to cut costs by reducing or ignoring safety measures. The result was a tragic construction accident that saw a wall collapse into a neighboring business. Thirteen people were injured, and six people were killed.
The prosecutors who tried the criminal case pointed out that the approach this contractor took showed a disregard for the workers on the construction site. The contractor was convicted on six counts of involuntary manslaughter, and he could face up to 20 years in prison.
This type of malfeasance is the sort of thing that can leave construction workers badly injured or, in the worse-case scenarios, dead in the wake of a construction accident. In this type of situation, workers’ compensation will obviously be a factor, but the navigating the aftermath of such an accident can be difficult. Seeking the assistance of an experienced attorney can help formulate a strong case against the negligence of any parties involved, hopefully leading to a more comfortable period of recovery.
Source: constructiondive.com, “PA contractor convicted of involuntary manslaughter for wall collapse deaths,” Kim Slowey, Oct. 20, 2015