In an ideal world, all co-workers would function like a well-oiled machine. But in the real world, it can be tough for supervisors to gain the upper hand and get all employees to work as a team. This leaves opportunity for workers to make mistakes that can hurt the others working on the job.
In some scenarios, co-workers can not always stay on top of what the other is doing but there is a trust factor involved, such as on construction jobs, where everyone is hopeful that other workers have their backs if something goes wrong. On the other hand, there are times when coworkers are aware of mistakes being made but due to loyalty or stupidity, the mistakes go unreported and eventually can lead to painful injuries being inflicted on unsuspecting co-workers.
If you have been injured on the job due to another person’s negligence, you may be faced with some tough choices such as how to pay for medical care and what to do if you can’t return to work. It can be infuriating to find your accident was caused by another person’s dumb mistake but even more aggravating to find out someone else knew mistakes were being made.
It should be part of the safety protocol of the company you work for to report human errors, whether the mistake was intentional or not. Unfortunately, many workers will fail to report mistakes either because they feel disloyal to their friends or because they are afraid of retaliation for ‘tattling’. It is due to this fear or guilt that mistakes go unreported time and again and many of these mistakes end up leading to workplace accidents and on the job injuries.
If you have been hurt at work and aren’t sure what to do next, you need the guidance of a worker’s compensation attorney. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case. You can call us to schedule your consultation at 866-205-2415 or use our confidential online form to tell us what medical issues you are facing due to someone else’s mistake.