Nacogdoches, TX asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Texas

Q: What can be done in this situation?

My brother in law works for a landscaping company. His boss forced him to go up in a tree near a power line in strong wind and he got electrocuted and fell 14 feet. Before going up, he showed his boss what was happening and made sure the hazards were known because they don't have any protective gear for electricity because they don't usually go anywhere near power lines. He didn't want to go up. He was made to go up anyway and is now in the hospital with several problems, and no insurance, and will be out of a job for a while due to recovery and having to find a new job. When the boss, who is also the business owner, forced him into that situation despite the risks, he decided he couldn't do that job anymore.

1 Lawyer Answer
Daniel John Christensen
Daniel John Christensen
  • Austin, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Yes, the employee has a claim against his boss, assuming his boss is not a subscriber to worker’s compensation insurance. The person should contact a Board Certified Personal Injury Attorney as soon as possible for a free consultation.

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