Last month, a case was filed in Harris County District Court against Rowan Companies Inc., an oil rig operator, alleging that the company is responsible for one of its employees suffering a back injury on an oil rig.
Per the lawsuit, the worker is claiming that the oil rig operator failed to provide a safe work environment, and the oil rig that served as his worksite was unseaworthy. As a result, the worker says that the strain of working on an unsafe and unseaworthy oil rig for seven years led to him developing a severe back injury. In addition, the worker claims that the oil rig operator failing to train him to properly work in an environment with ergonomic risk factors contributed to him suffering the back injury.
How Is Fault Determined Following an On-the-Job Injury?
Who can be held accountable for an on-the-job accident or injury often depends on what type of workplace accident occurred. For instance, if the work injury is due to repetitive motion or ergonomic stress, such as the back injury in the case above or an office worker who develops carpal tunnel syndrome, then an employer may be able to be held responsible. To prove an employer was at fault for an on-the-job injury, you must show that the employer knew or should have reasonably known that the work environment was unsafe and could lead to the employee suffering the injury.
Galloway Jefcoat, LLP is a Lafayette personal injury law firm that fights for the rights of work injury victims and their families, including helping them successfully pursue workers’ comp and third party liability claims.