Married Couple Sues After Husband is Injured on the Job
A married couple in Charleston, West Virginia is suing, after the husband was injured on a job site. The couple, Glenn Fultz and Constance Fultz filed a lawsuit in Kanawha Circuit Court against B & F Contracting Inc., Northern Management Services Inc. and B. Armstrong Electrical Services Inc.
According to the complaint, Glenn Fultz, was employed as a laborer for B & F Contracting. On May 14, 2013, Fultz was delivering concrete to a work site, when suddenly, metal grating at the site collapsed. The complaint states that the collapse caused Glenn to fall 14 feet onto the ground, before the grating collapsed on top of him. As a result of the accident, Glenn suffered many serious injuries. He was forced to undergo serious and extensive major surgery and medical care, suffered permanent loss of earning capacity, severe emotional distress and permanent physical and vocational impairment, among other claims.
Glenn Fultz is accusing B&F Contracting of not maintaining a safe work environment. He is naming Northern Management Services and B. Armstrong Electrical Services in the suit for failing to properly inspect the site, which led to the accident. The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory damages and costs. The Fultzs are being represented in the case by attorneys Guy R. Bucci and Mark A. Barney of Bucci, Bailey & Javins LC, Aaron L. Harrah of Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler PLLC and Christopher J. Heavens of Heavens Law Firm PLLC.
In 2013, there were more than 175 deaths in the workplace, and many of them were probably avoidable. In addition to large number of fatalities, there were scores of nonfatal injuries, and in every single instance it is likely that the incident could have been prevented. From falls and exposure to harmful materials to vehicle accidents and falling objects, human and mechanical errors can always wreak havoc, but they can usually be eliminated through protocols and safety procedures.
A lot of workers are injured because of repeated physical strain or because they are asked to overexert themselves on the job. These are things that definitely fall under the workplace purview, and that means the liability is the employer’s. However, it is common enough for an insurance firm’s lawyers to try to claim that a worker’s life outside of the workplace may have contributed to the injury, and so on. There are so many ways that employers and their insurance companies try to work around liability after work accidents, and so an experienced attorney becomes your best asset.
The company you work for must provide you with a safe working environment, where you can reasonably expect to work, without taking on serious risks. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. If you got injured while on the job, your next move should be filing a workers’ compensation claim. It’s best to consult with a qualified attorney first. Just because you have a right to be looked after as the injured party doesn’t mean it’s necessarily going to be easy.