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Injured workers have rights in Tennessee workplace accidents

Safety in the workplace is an integral part of any job that one may do. Unfortunately, workplace injuries do sometimes occur, leaving victims wondering what action they can take. For those Tennessee victims suffering from personal injury that occurred in the workplace, lawyers can provide guidance as they work to file claims for the injured workers. Filing civil claims following an injury at work can help hold the company responsible, while possibly providing some compensation to the victims.

A recent worker injury took place at an auto insulation manufacturing site. A worker had been guiding waste materials into a shredder when his hand was caught in the machine. The severe force of the machine on this worker's hand caused it to be amputated from his body. The victim now faces learning to live with one hand and working through the pain and suffering that this has caused.

The company deemed responsible is also facing some consequences as a result of this worker's personal injury. The company has been cited for five violations of machine safety procedures, some willful and others repeated. Additionally, the company is facing more than $500,000 in proposed penalties.

The victim in this accident has the right to file civil claims for his personal injury, while looking into what workers' compensation may be available to him. Other Tennessee victims of workplace incidents can obtain counsel from personal injury and workers' compensation lawyers who can assist them through their next steps. If successfully litigated, these claims may result in some financial compensation for the medical expenses. Furthermore, workers' comp may provide compensation for the work that the injured workers have missed as a result of the accident.

Source: ohsonline.com, "Auto Insulation Manufacturer Faces Penalties Following Worker's Injury -- Occupational Health & Safety", May 5, 2017

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