Even when safeguards are in place and safety is put first, accidents at work can happen. When they do, it is essential to report injuries immediately. A recent case in New York exemplifies why those injured on the job should not procrastinate on reporting their injury.
After a NYC Transit Authority worker died from injuries sustained on the job, his widow had to file a suit against the public authority, which operates public transportation in New York City. Fortunately, the Third Department affirmed the Workers’ Compensation Board decision that the widow was entitled to his benefits. According to the decision, there was enough evidence to prove that her husband’s injuries and eventual death could be attributed to an accident that took place at work.
When the accident occurred, there were no witnesses and the Transit Authority employee did not report it. When he went home that day, he told his wife that he had fallen from a ladder into a pit at work. He then went to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with fractured ribs, given painkillers and sent home.
Three days later he returned to the hospital and was diagnosed with a ruptured spleen and a punctured lung. He was admitted but died the next day after complications from “blunt impact” injuries.
Although no one witnessed the accident itself, a supervisor witnessed the deceased man holding his stomach and declaring that he didn’t feel well. That, along with the declarations made by the employee to his wife, caused the Court to find in the widow’s favor. Even so, the agony of litigation might have been prevented if the worker had reported the incident in the first place.If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, please call the Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers of Jeffrey S. Gross at 215-512-1500 or 215-629-7225. You can also complete our online form for a free consultation. We offer compassionate guidance and powerful representation to get the financial compensation you deserve. Our offices are centrally located in Philadelphia.