A Philadelphia man has filed a lawsuit after a workplace accident left him with a broken arm. The injury was sustained on April 30 while the man was operating a fork-lift truck at a distribution center in Philadelphia.
The items had been placed on the forklift by employees of the distribution center where the man worked as a subcontractor. The lawsuit brought against the company operating the center claims that the company did not do enough to supervise its workers and that it had a duty to ensure that the work environment was safe for people lawfully on the premises, including subcontractors. The plaintiff alleges that the accident was caused by goods being loaded too high and in a careless manner.
The man is asking for over $50,000 in compensatory damages after the accident left him unable to work. In addition to lost wages, the damages will cover bills incurred for the medical treatment of his injury. The plaintiff suffered a fractured ulna and radius in his left arm that required surgery, post operative treatment and physical therapy, as well as claiming a shock to his nervous system resulting from the accident.
Employees are often asked to perform physically demanding and dangerous work, and they expect their employers to do all they can to make sure conditions are safe. When an injury on the job is caused by negligence or lack of training or supervision, legal remedies may be available. Someone injured in a workplace accident may wish to speak with an attorney that has experience in workers’ compensation matters. The attorney may be able to determine whether the worker is eligible to receive benefits under the law.
Source: The Pennsylvania Record, “Forklift operator sues Phila. distribution center over fractured arm sustained while on the job“, Jon Campisi, October 02, 2013