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Workers Memorial Day - April 28

Steve Wagner

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO) observed April 28 as Workers’ Memorial Day, in remembrance of those who have suffered from personal injuries or wrongful death while at work. The focus of this endeavor is to ensure workplace safety and raise awareness for current issues of safety violations.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) works hard to ensure workplace safety and provides protection for workers injured in workplace accidents. However, the situation on the ground is far from ideal for workers in the US today. Violation of OSHA standards, either deliberately or inadvertently, are commonplace. In 2012, there were 7250 reported violations pertaining to a failure to take safety precautions against falls, 4696 hazard communication violations, and 3018 scaffolding violations, besides a host of other violations in other areas, such as machine guarding, electrical works, powered industrial trucks, and more. The lack of safety protocol puts the lives of thousands of workers in danger.

Many employers, however, treat such violations with disdain, sometimes even firing employees who stand up for their rights, report job hazards, or make injury claims, by citing the at-will employment clause.

Faced with such challenges, the only recourse available for workers who are unfortunate enough to suffer from a workplace injury is to file a lawsuit against their company, claiming their rightful damages.

When fighting an employer at court, the odds are usually tipped against the employee. The employee is an individual, with limited resources, and with little knowledge or familiarity of court procedures or case laws. On the opposite side, the employer, being an organization, may have virtually infinite resources, including a team of lawyers whose primary job is to handle such cases.

The only way employees can level the playing field and fight on equal terms, is by enlisting the services of an Indiana workers’ compensation attorney. A skilled Indiana work comp attorney would know exactly how to proceed, what to bring forth as evidence, how to cross-examine witnesses, and eventually how to negotiate a settlement.

Wagner Reese is the best choice to represent you in Indiana workers’ comp cases. We have a team of skilled and experienced Indiana workers’ compensation attorneys with a track record of delivering sizable and fair compensation to clients. What makes enlisting our services worthwhile is that we do not charge any money upfront. Very often, the financial implications prevent most victims from taking their injuries before a court, even when they have a solid case. With Wagner Reese, you pay us only when you receive your settlement. Contact us at (888) 204-8440 for a free consultation.

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