“John Welder” gets something in his eyes while welding. He reports the incident immediately to his employer. There was no wash station, so the employer tells the welder to rinse his eyes with a bottle of water. When that does not solve the problem, John Welder says that he needs to see the doctor due to the ongoing pain. The welder’s supervisor then yells at him, “damn it John, we better find that there is something in your eyes.”
The occupational health doctor to whom he is brought discovers metal fragments in John’s eyes and removes what he can. As a result of the workplace injury, the doctor takes the welder off work for a couple of days. When John reports this to his employer, he is laid off. At the same time, the employer is hiring additional welders.
John’s eyes continue to cause him problems and he is forced to seek medical treatment on his own. He sees an ophthalmologist who performs surgery to remove additional fragments. After the surgery John develops an infection and he is ultimately left with permanent vision loss in the span of a few weeks. The employer now denies that his injury was work related and also “laid off” John Welder’s son who was also an employee.
This outrageous factual scenario mirrors a case presently being handled by Butler Viadro, LLP. This type of abuse in the workers compensation system is happening with too great a frequency as some employers feel they can take advantage of unrepresented injured workers. Fortunately, this individual had the wisdom to seek a lawyer. Unfortunately, many do not. At Butler Viadro, LLP, we restore the playing field. We hold wrongdoers accountable whether in the workers’ compensation and/or personal injury settings. Contact us today and let us help you with your case.