In recent years, Tyson Foods has found themselves in the middle of numerous non-subscriber lawsuits filed by injured or sick employees. These lawsuits claim that Tyson Foods is responsible for injuries ranging from dismemberment to permanent disabilities and injuries. If you or a loved one has been hurt while working at Tyson Foods, time is not your friend. It is important that you understand your rights and that you have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side who has taken on large companies like Tyson Foods, and won!
Who is Tyson Foods?
Tyson’s meat processing pants employ thousands of workers in many different job descriptions. Many of these employees work on production lines and in packaging ares. Others are employed as truck drivers and even in health and safety roles. Unfortunately, their company has been the focal point of many recent non-subscriber lawsuits that question their commitment to the safety of their employees.
What kind of accidents or illnesses have occurred at Tyson Foods?
Employees at Tyson Foods are at risk for salmonella poisoning due to their exposure to raw chicken and other meat products. Additionally, there have been reports of faulty production line equipment causing injuries and even dismemberment of hands, arms, and fingers. Employees use chemicals in the meat packaging process that have also been known to cause respiratory illnesses and irritation to those working on the production line all the way to the office staff. When proper training and safety measures haven’t been implemented, repetitive stress injuries and accidents have occurred leaving many employees in pain and worried about the future of their livelihood.
Tyson Foods and workers’ compensation insurance
Each state has its own laws and programs for workers’ compensation insurance. Not all states require workers’ compensation insurance, Texas being one that does not. Companies that do not carry workers’ comp, such as Tyson Foods, are called “non-subscribers.” In these claims, the employee gains the right to sue his or her employer to recover compensation for injuries. This also means that the employer loses the right to certain defenses that could limit a worker’s claim. Learn more about non-subscriber claims.
What this means is, an injured party only needs to prove that the employer was one percent negligent for an accident in order for them to be responsible. Unfortunately, non-subscriber claims are designed to be difficult for those injured in a work accident to handle their claim without the help of an experienced attorney. Your employer wants you to get discouraged and give up. That is why you need an aggressive attorney that will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
What you should do if you were injured in a work accident at Tyson Foods
If you have been injured while working at Tyson Foods there are several steps you should take to ensure your rights are protected:
1. Let someone know immediately that you have been injured. In the case of faulty machinery or equipment, this can help protect others from being injured as well. Report your injury to your direct supervisor or if you are a Tyson Foods truck driver involved in an accident, call 911. Waiting too long to file a claim or report an incident may seriously jeopardize your case.
2. Fill out an accident report while the information is fresh in your mind. Juries place a heavy emphasis on the initial accident report. You have the right to file an accident report but do not sign unless you agree 100% with what the report says. If a supervisor or manager refuses to provide one, create your own on a blank piece of paper and send it to your corporate office.
3. Seek medical treatment. Even if you do not think you were seriously hurt, seek medical treatment. Many times injuries and illnesses show up days later. More often than not, companies try to encourage injured employees to use company doctors or pressure you into not seeking medical treatment. Don’t fall for it. Learn more about your rights after a workplace injury.
4. Speak to an experienced workers’ compensation and non-subscriber attorney. After a workplace accident, it is important that you fully understand your rights as it pertains to your health and well-being. Our board certified, personal injury attorneys understand the tricks your employer and their representatives will try to pull over on you. Let us fight for you so you can concentrate on healing! Contact us today at 877.724.7800 or fill out our contact form for your free, confidential case evaluation.