New rules are in place to require employers to report injuries and deaths to OSHA. As reported in the Insurance Journal (http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/12/31/351332.htm), these new rules took effect January 1, 2015. Now, employers must report all work-related fatalities within eight hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding out about the incident. The new rules will help OSHA investigate in a timely manner, and may help hold employers accountable for deliberate intent injuries which fall outside of workers’ compensation immunity in West Virginia.
If you or a loved one is injured on the job, call the lawyers at Goddard & Wagoner PLLC today to learn if you may be able to seek additional compensation over and above workers’ compensation benefits. Call 304-623-HELP (4357). Our lawyers help injury victims on a daily basis, and the consultation is free.