What Makes an Employer Responsible for a Workplace Accident?

Workplace safety issues are being fixed in Wyoming

On Wednesday April 4th, work stopped at the construction site on 1200 Hidden Valley Parkway. A 25-year-old worker who was helping at the site of the Severance High School construction project was injured and rushed to the hospital. A steel beam had fallen 18 feet before striking the worker, leaving him with critical injuries. He was rushed to Medical Center of the Rockies, and investigators are now trying to figure out what caused this workplace accident.

The worker who was struck by the steel beam at Severance High’s construction site did not recover from his injuries. That afternoon, he passed away at the hospital leaving behind loving friends and family. His loved ones gathered at Spring Canyon Park on April 10th to remember and honor the man. The school district as well as the company handling construction at the site have reached out to express their condolences.

What Colorado Employees Need to Know About Liability for Workplace Accidents

When it comes to a work accident, victims and their families need to be aware of their rights and the responsibilities of the companies they work for. Almost every employer in Colorado that has at least one full-time employee or one part-time employee must carry workers’ compensation insurance. This insurance will cover lost wages, disability and medical expenses caused by a work-related injury.

In cases where workers’ compensation is involved, the injured worker cannot sue the employer for pain and suffering. However, in cases of intentional or egregious conduct, a worker might be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the employer. Depending on the situation, there is a legal remedy for those who have been hurt. The challenge is knowing what laws apply to your situation.

When dealing with a workplace accident—especially when working on oil fields, factories and construction—having an attorney by your side can help you navigate our state’s regulations and laws. That’s why it is important to have an experienced attorney by your side after an on-the-job accident.

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