Inadequate Training in the Workplace
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At The Law Offices of Nathaniel F. Hansford, LLC, we are dedicated to meeting clients’ specific needs. Our team knows each case is different, and we can talk with you to determine a course of action. If you have been injured on the job due to inadequate training, you can file a claim against your employer. Our Atlanta injury attorneys have more than 20 years of combined experience and can represent you throughout the process. Contact us today to set up a free initial consultation.
What You Need to Know About Inadequate Training Injury Claims
By law, employers owe a duty of care to employees. This means they must provide adequate training to increase the safety of their employees and others involved in the day-to-day operations of the company. If an employer fails to provide necessary training, and an employee is injured as a result, the employer may be held liable for negligence.
Inadequate training may result in serious injuries, including:
- Falls from scaffolds, ladders, or other equipment
- Skin burns from chemicals or hot objects
- Back injuries due to improper lifting or inadequate lifting equipment
- Electrical shocks from improper use of equipment or machines
- Long-term medical conditions from inadequate safety procedures
- Other injuries from improper use of tools and machines
Federal and state laws uphold the health and safety of employees. If an employer fails to provide necessary training, work breaks, and safety equipment, he or she will be held liable for negligence in court. You can file an inadequate training injury claim against your employer to seek the financial relief you need for your injuries.
The Responsibilities of Employers
When an employer fails to properly train their workers, they don’t just make them unable to do their job correctly — they put them at risk. Proper training is especially important in highly dangerous roles (such as in the construction or manufacturing injuries) but is essential for every worker.
Inadequate training involves more than an employer not explaining how to use a piece of equipment or complete a certain process (although these situations can be particularly dangerous). Employers have a responsibility to do whatever they can to ensure their workers are able to do their jobs safely.
Inadequate training may include a range of negligent behaviors on behalf of the employer, such as:
- Not educating employees on job demands
- Failure to provide proper safety equipment
- Inadequate supervision
- Lack of information on safety codes
- Lack of thorough risk information
- Inadequate record-keeping related to training
- Negligent hiring
How Do I Prove That Inadequate Training Contributed to My Work Injury?
Proving that your employer’s oversight when training you was a cause of your injuries can be difficult, especially if the company has not retained any records of their employee training processes. You can provide evidence of the role of inadequate training in your injury by showcasing email correspondence from when you were first hired, employee handbooks, and any other training materials you received. Witness testimonials can be helpful in these cases as well.
Within the standard workers’ compensation system, proving the cause of your injury in detail may not be necessary. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, so claimants do not need to establish liability in their cases, only that their injuries are work-related. However, cases of inadequate training may warrant the pursuit of additional compensation through a negligence claim.
Can I Sue My Employer for Injuries Caused by Inadequate Training?
Although workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, injured employees do have the option to sue their employer in cases of gross negligence or misconduct. Inadequate training could qualify as gross negligence because you were not given the tools to do your job correctly and endangered because of it. Your ability to sue your employer will depend on the details of your case, and your employer’s level of negligence. Our attorneys can advise you on the strength of your claim. Contact us to discuss the possibility of pursuing additional workers’ compensation benefits through a lawsuit.
Learn How Our Firm Can Help
The Law Offices of Nathaniel F. Hansford, LLC represents clients injured at work. Proving your injuries were caused by inadequate training requires evidence, and our Atlanta injury lawyers can investigate your incident and build your case. We can request copies of medical records, look at accident reports, collect witness statements, and analyze your company’s health and safety regulations. Whether you need help filing a claim, or you need someone to stand up for your rights in court, our firm can provide tenacious representation throughout the process.
Call our firm at (770) 629-9321 today to learn how our passionate attorneys can help.