Working in construction is difficult, physically exhausting work. It is also incredibly dangerous, which is why many construction workers are able to earn premium pay. That premium can motivate some construction companies to hire under-trained or unskilled workers for construction. These workers can may command substantially less pay than fully trained and experienced construction workers. In some cases, companies choose to hire undocumented Hispanic workers because they know their workers won’t feel secure enough to report safety and employment law violations to government authorities.
Unfortunately, when unscrupulous employers decide to maximize profits at the risk of employee safety, everyone loses. Hispanic construction workers are more likely than any other demographic to suffer a debilitating injury or fatality while on the job. Employers often act like they can discard these injured workers and their families. If you or a loved one has suffered a construction site accident, you need the help of an experienced personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible!
Employers owe their workers a safe workplace
There are multiple federal and state agencies concerned with the protection of American workers. Those protections extend even to those who work in our country without documentation. Employers who choose to sidestep critical safety rules and compound that misdeed by hiring under-trained workers need to held legally and financially accountable. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a preventable accident, or if the employer in question has a history of workplace violations and accidents, you owe it to yourself and your family to seek the advice of an experienced attorney in the matter.
An attorney can help you research past issues with the company, to see if there is a pattern of illegal behavior. Your attorney can help document mistreatment, harassment and discrimination following a worksite accident. If they offer to settle, your attorney can review it to ensure that it is adequate to cover all expenses and losses incurred as a result of the accident. First settlement offers are often wildly too low. Companies hope that frightened and injured workers will accept whatever paltry amount they offer for their pain and suffering. An attorney can help negotiate for a better settlement.
An attorney will advocate for you
If you were injured at work due to lack of proper safety practices, your employer has already shown a willingness to put their profits above your safety and even life. Don’t count on their goodwill to protect you after an accident. You need the help of an experienced personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney to ensure that your future and your family are protected.