In Gretna, a worker has planned to file a lawsuit after an alleged accident on the job. According to official records, the woman was involved in an accident on May 6, 2014, when she was working as an electrician assistant. The company was performing work on the Riverwalk at the time of the incident. She claims that she was instructed to climb a ladder and push wires back into a box and that she was shocked and thrown from the ladder as a result.
The lawsuit filed asserts that the woman was seriously injured in this action, including damage to her back and neck, hand and fingers, muscles, nerves and eyes. She is seeking an unspecified sum to cover her medical bills, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life, disability, and her overall pain and suffering.
According to court documents, the plaintiff holds the company responsible for her injuries because she believes that the job she was assigned to perform should have been completed by a licensed electrician. Further, the company failed to take any preventive action in this case, including turning off power to the live lines in the box, warning her of the dangers and providing employees with a safe working environment.
Many employees work under the assumption that their employers have done their best to avoid putting employees at risk. However, this may not always be the case. If a workplace injury is the result of negligence, the employer may be responsible for the injuries. An attorney could help victims understand their rights and options in these matters so that workers can make more informed decisions regarding their future.
Source: The Louisiana Record, "Electrician's assistant sues over alleged electric shock received at New Orleans Riverwalk project," Kyle Barnett, Jan. 26, 2015