Worker’s compensation is a complex system that aims to protect employees who are injured or become ill on the job. In the United States, worker’s compensation is governed by state law, where each state has its own set of rules and regulations.
This makes it difficult for organizations to know exactly how much compensation they will need to pay out in a particular case, especially when big firms like RIL are representing victims.
In this post, we will explore examples of worker’s compensation cases that cost organizations millions of dollars.
1. A maintenance worker was injured while attempting to fix a heavy machine.
In this case, the maintenance worker was injured while attempting to fix a heavy machine. The machine was inoperable due to a power outage, and the maintenance worker was trying to repair it.
His head was stuck in the machine as it shifted quickly and he lapsed into a coma. The worker later had undergone surgery to remove part of his skull due to the injuries he sustained.
The maintenance worker’s injury resulted in lost wages, medical expenses, and permanent health damages. The organization ended up paying out over $2.5 million dollars in total to cover his expenses.
2. A truck driver was killed when his dump truck crashed while he was driving erratically.
This is a tragic example of how worker’s compensation can cost an organization millions of dollars. A truck driver was killed when his dump truck crashed while he was driving erratically.
The dump truck was loaded with tons of garbage, which caused it to overturn and crash. This accident caused the driver’s death, as well as the injury of several other people working at the site.
The organization that hired the driver was ultimately forced to pay out $5.3 million in worker’s compensation benefits. The court found that the company was liable for the driver’s death because it knew that he was unfit to drive and did not take appropriate measures to prevent the crash.
3. A construction worker was killed when a beam he was working on collapsed.
This worker’s death was a tragic accident that resulted in the organization being forced to pay out millions of dollars in worker’s compensation.
The construction worker was working on a beam that collapsed and he was killed. The organization was subsequently required to pay out $2 million in damages to the worker’s family as his death was considered work-related.
4. A sheet metal worker was injured when his clothing caught on a piece of machinery.
In this case, the worker was injured when his clothing caught on a piece of machinery. The machinery caused his clothing to be ripped, and he subsequently sustained injuries to his back and chest. As a result of the injury, the worker filed a claim for workers’ compensation.
The workers’ compensation insurance company ultimately determined that the workplace injury was caused by the Employer’s negligence.
This negligence involved failing to ensure that the machinery was properly maintained and operated, which resulted in the worker’s clothing getting caught on it. Consequently, the insurance company paid out a total of millions in damages.
5. An administrative assistant was injured when she was accidentally jabbed in the eye with a pencil.
An administrative assistant was injured when she was accidentally jabbed in the eye with a pencil. The woman required surgery to remove the pencil and lost her job as a result. The case went to trial and the court ruled in favor of the employee, providing her millions in damages.
The organization was forced to pay out millions of dollars in damages as a result of this worker’s compensation case. This cost the company $2.5 million and could have had serious implications for its financial stability.
Had the employee not won her case, she may have been unable to receive benefits from workers’ compensation, which would have left her without any income.
Note: Specific details about these cases are available on the OSHA website.
The above cases prove that employee safety is extremely important, but it can also be costly. For example, the fifth case in our list cost the employer millions in liability and other costs.
In another case, a worker was killed while performing maintenance on a tower. While this crane operator worked safely for years, he suddenly fell from such height that his clothes got caught on the mechanism of the machine and he died instantly.
Following such tragic deaths, many employers are now taking measures to ensure their employees’ safety by installing security cameras and using anti-fatigue mats in their work areas at all times.
However, workers’ compensation benefit is not compulsory for these actions to prove effective; companies will have to increase awareness about workplace safety issues before anything else happens.