Can I Sue for OSHA Violations?
You may be able to sue if an OSHA violation caused you to suffer an injury.
As a New Yorker, OSHA Protects You in the Workplace
OSHA regulations exist for the sole purpose of decreasing the risks of injuries in the workplace. Some of the types of accidents and injuries that OSHA aims to prevent include:
- Electrocution/Electric Shock: Employers must provide proper training, functional equipment, and appropriate gear for employees working near live wires or electrical sources.
- Falling Objects: In relevant work environments, workers must wear protective gear, such as steel-toed boots and helmets.
- Falls: Safety nets, safety rails, or some type of fall arrest system must be in place when a work situation creates the risk of falling at least six feet.
- Toxic Exposure: Employers are responsible for informing employees of the hazards and the identities of workplace chemicals to which they are exposed.
- Caught-in-Between: The presence of heavy equipment requires that workers receive training and that owners maintain equipment.
Your Rights Under OSHA
As an employee, you have the right to work in an environment that is sanitary, safe, and non-toxic. Should you suffer an injury due to a failure to adhere to OSHA’s requirements to provide such a workplace, the negligent party could be liable for your injuries. A negligent or otherwise legally liable party, in this case, could include a property owner, general contractor, or another third party.
A New York construction accident lawyer will apply OSHA law to your workplace injury and fight to win maximum compensation for you.
Remedies That Might Accompany a Reported OSHA Violation
When an employee reports an OSHA safety violation, any of several remedies might come into play:
- OSHA could investigate the violating organization
- Changes in company safety practices could be mandated
- The negligent party could lose their operating license
Steps to Take if You Become Injured at Work
By taking certain steps after suffering an injury on the job, you not only help yourself, but also help reduce the chance of another person suffering the same type of injury. The steps you should take are as follows:
- Immediately report the hazard to your employer.
- Obtain the appropriate level of medical care and treatment as soon as possible. (This will be covered under workers’ compensation benefits that you are entitled to.)
- Contact our law firm for a free case review and consultation with a lawyer experienced in accident injury cases involving OSHA violations
- If the party who violated OSHA regulations does not resolve the hazardous condition, file a complaint with OSHA.
- If you perceive an imminent threat to either your own life or to the lives of other employees, contact OSHA via their emergency line at 1-800-321-6742.
Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. OSHA Violations Lawyers Can File Your Lawsuit
It can be scary to file an OSHA violation claim or lawsuit against a property owner or other third party. If you have been injured due to negligence and a violation of OSHA regulations, we believe that your sense of duty to yourself and your coworkers may help you overcome any reluctance to take legal action.
The OSHA violations lawyers at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will stand by your side, guide you, and advocate for you, just as we have done for personal injury clients since 1991.
Our multilingual staff (Spanish, Greek, Tamil, Bengali, and Kannada) will assist you, and our legal team will represent you in your decision to sue when OSHA violations have led to you being injured. We are your passionate advocates.