Did you know that every year, 4.7 workers per hundred receive serious on the job injuries. The US Dept of Labor keeps these statistics. The US House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor would like to change this. But it takes time to pass legislation. Meanwhile workers are being unnecessarily killed and injured.
The civil justice system in our country provides for injured and killed workers and their families to receive just compensation. But sometimes our court system does even better than that. In my 30 years experience as a personal injury lawyer I have seen that when companies are hit with big jury verdicts they sometimes fix the problem that caused the injury or death to avoid causing similar injuries and death in the future. Needless to say this is a major positive side effect of litigation and an important benefit for all workers. So the next time you hear big business bureaucrats shouting for tort reform, think about the lives our civil justice system saves.
For more information on this subject matter, please refer to our section on Worksite Injuries and Workers Compensation.