October 16, 2013
The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 36,638 workers compensation benefits claims were filed in Tennessee last year, resulting in more than $1.7 billion in total compensation and medical bills being paid to accident victims. The Nashville Workers’ Compensation Lawyers with Ponce Law explain that data shows a large portion of these accidents were the result of workers coming into contact with objects or equipment at the worksite.
An article from News Channel 5 states that a worker at the Tennessee Aluminum Processors plant in Maury County was seriously injured in such an accident last week. Reports indicate the incident occurred when the victim ran into a large pot containing molten aluminum. The scalding hot metal left the victim with burn injuries covering 40 percent of his body. He was rushed to a local trauma center and remains hospitalized.
This wasn’t the first accident at the plant resulting in a worker being injured. A 44-year-old worker was killed in April 2012 after coming into contact with a metal grinder. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the company $8,000 and ordered the company to make changes following being issued six citations regarding employee safety.
Michael D. Ponce & Associates’ team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers would like to wish the injured worker a speedy recovery and encourage anyone who has been hurt on the job to discuss their legal options with an attorney immediately.