Did faulty equipment cause personal injury at work?

Although the workers' compensation insurance program typically covers California workers who suffer on-the-job injuries, the benefits usually include medical expenses and a portion of lost wages. Sometimes the losses are more significant, and if a faulty piece of equipment played a role, there might be grounds for filing a personal injury claim in a civil court. Similar circumstances led to a lawsuit that was recently filed by an injured worker in another state.

A kitchen worker filed the lawsuit against his employer and two companies belonging to the employer. The plaintiff alleges he suffered serious burn injuries due to a malfunctioning stove. Court documents indicate that the plaintiff had to cope with a furnace that had been in disrepair for some time. He claims it required him to use a hand-held lighter to ignite the gas every time he had to use the stove.

The complaint states that the plaintiff attempted to light the stove, but accidentally dropped the gas lighter into an uncovered fryer. He contends that despite his efforts to get away quickly, the lighter exploded and the plaintiff was covered with hot grease. The man claims that the serious burns he suffered to his body required extensive medical treatment, for which he seeks compensation. His claim includes both personal injury and premises liability allegations.

California workers who believe their employers or the manufacturers of equipment used at their workplace were grossly negligent so as to cause on-the-job injuries can seek legal counsel to determine the viability of personal injury claims. Such a claim may be filed in addition to a workers' compensation claim, and an attorney experienced in both these fields of the law can explain the ensuing legal procedures. He or she can also provide the necessary support and guidance in pursuit of maximum compensation.

Source: setexasrecord.com, "Worker faults non-functioning stove for burns to body", John Suayan, Feb. 8, 2018

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