Employers and their insurance companies have a vested interest in paying out as little as possible.
(PRWEB) October 16, 2012
Production halted at the Xpedx packaging and printing supplies plant, as workers grieve and investigators try to figure out what went horribly wrong October 1 to claim the life of employee Andrew Blechacz reported WTMJ News Team.
According to the report, Blechacz, who was 52 years old, was working in the plant warehouse when shelves holding pallets of copy paper toppled over, pinning and crushing him. Fire crews, coworkers, and Waukesha County deputies made a combined effort to get Blechacz free from the collapse in time to save his life, but it was too late.
Lawyers with Construction Accident Attorneys, a website that connects injured workers with attorneys who can help them, say that accidents of this kind happen often.
“This kind of tragedy can strike at any workplace,” said Michelle Price, a spokesperson for the group. “Even factories and warehouses with a clean safety record can have something go wrong. It doesn't often make headlines if it's non-fatal, but it can leave a worker with chronic medical conditions and difficulty working.”
Construction Accident Attorneys was founded to help injured workers find information on their legal options for receiving compensation for their injuries. Price says that workers shouldn't feel pressured to accept settlements from their employer, and should always speak to an attorney before signing any papers.
“Employers and their insurance companies have a vested interest in paying out as little as possible,” Price said, “And they know that most workers won't take the time to talk to a lawyer first. But when you accept a settlement check you may be signing away your right to much more substantial compensation.”
Xpedx has a clean OSHA record except for an accident involving a forklift at one of its plants in 2004. Authorities could not confirm whether a forklift was also involved in Bechlac's death, and there is no word on what compensation his family has been offered.
“It's hard to think about money when someone is injured or killed,” Price said. “But the financial repercussions can last for years.”
About Construction Accident Attorneys:
Construction Accident Attorneys was created to make it easier for injured workers and their families to get qualified legal advice on their options for compensation. The website is free to use and helps worker find attorneys in their area with the right kind of expertise for their case. They can be contacted at (312) 448-7864.