I Was Hurt At Work: Do I Sue My Boss Or The Company?
Thursday, August 24th, 2017
When you suffer a work injury, it can be confusing to know where to turn or who even caused the injury. You may know you need to sue to recover damages from hospital bills, pain, and suffering, but who should you hold responsible? You may be apprehensive about getting the wrong people in trouble, like your boss or co-workers, who may not truly be to blame. Maybe your boss is responsible for your work injury, but you don’t want to hold the entire company responsible as well. When you get hurt at work, a personal injury attorney can help you navigate the lawsuit process.
Why lawyers sue companies for workplace accidents
Every company is in the business of making money, and that’s okay, provided they stay within the law. Problems arise when a company’s greed overtakes their responsibility to provide their employees with a safe working environment. It is not typically difficult or expensive to ensure employees have safe equipment, proper training, and the necessary support to prevent injury.
Job injury lawyers sue companies because they are legal entities that cannot be placed in jail. More importantly, companies have assets. When you get hurt at work due to a company’s negligence, or that of an employee, the law allows attorneys to go after those assets.
Also, companies must be insured, so there is insurance money that can be sought out in a lawsuit. Every year, companies pay large premiums to insurance carriers to protect themselves in the event one of their employees is injured. However, since they don’t technically “work” for the company, it is not as simple as your boss ordering the insurance carrier to pay. This is why you need the services of a good on the job injury lawyer. When these professionals file a lawsuit against a company, it requires their insurance carrier to defend themselves. Then, if a judge ends up ordering the company to pay, the insurance provider they work with is obligated to comply.
Lawyers rarely sue bosses on an individual basis
If you feel your boss is at fault for your injury, you may be angry. Maybe you even complained to your superior about unsafe conditions only to be told to get back to work. Then, weeks or months later, you get hurt at work as a result of those conditions.
Perhaps when you complained to your boss, they took it to the higher ups so it was out of their hands. Then, the company decided they didn’t want to deal with the expense of correcting the unsafe conditions that were pointed out.
Regardless of how you feel about your boss, lawyers rarely sue supervisors on an individual level for several reasons. First, your boss likely does not have assets that can sufficiently cover your losses. Second, companies and their insurance carriers can be held responsible for even the smallest mistake made by one of their employees. Typically, a company can’t pass on the responsibility by alleging that they were not at fault, but the manager was.
If your boss was at fault for your work injury, your lawyers will find out and your boss’ own supervisors will find out. A work injury lawsuit tends to shine a light on any unsafe practices that have been overlooked. Responsible parties are often fired and safety issue corrected when the lawsuit is over.
Hurt at work? Contact a professional work injury attorney today
If you suffered an on the job injury, contact Attorney Dean Boyd as soon as possible. Our experienced team can get you the money you deserve. Call us at (806) 242-3333 or Contact Us via email to learn more about our services. You can also visit us at 4423 SW 45th Ave in Amarillo, Texas or 10623 Quaker Ave #102 in Lubbock, Texas to get your free case evaluation.