A few weeks ago, we brought you a story about former Tesla workers who outlined serious problems with the company’s on-site clinic. Now, the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority are looking into the allegations.
Members of the state board questioned Tesla officials about the revelations. The state deputy treasurer wants to get to the bottom of what is going on because Tesla is a major beneficiary of a state program that provides manufacturers help with lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
Tesla denies allegations of wrongdoing. It was claimed that they underreported injuries, sent workers back to the line without treatment, and even sent injured workers to the hospital in Lyft rides instead of ambulances to avoid reporting the incident.
We have now learned even more. Tesla only has one on-site doctor who works during the day. At night, the clinic relies on medical assistants to deal with calls outside the scope of their practice.
At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, we know that Tesla is not the only company that handles worker injuries inappropriately. If you need a San Diego work injury attorney, we will work with you to secure the compensation you deserve.
What Can Happen?
Unfortunately, work injuries are common, especially for manufacturing jobs like the Tesla workers who have been subjected to bad clinic practices. However, any worker is subject to a workplace injury.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there were more than 2.8 million worker injuries or illnesses reported last year. These numbers are alarming.
What kind of injuries are reported?
The most common type of injuries revolves around traumatic incidents. These injuries are often the result of falls, vehicle accidents, tool mishaps, objects falling, etc.
We also want you to know that repetitive stress injuries are also a major problem for people across many industries. The most common RSI is carpal tunnel, but there are many others that happen as a result of workers performing the same motions over and over again for a long period of time (often years). Because of the nature of the symptoms, the cause can be harder to pinpoint on workplace causes.
Workplace injuries often occur because an employer failed to provide a safe working environment, proper safety equipment, or proper training.
What You Can Do
If you have been injured in a work accident that was caused by the negligence of another worker or by gross mismanagement, please seek legal assistance now. At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, our qualified legal team will get to work for you. They will investigate your claims and ensure that you are treated fairly throughout the whole process.
You may be eligible for the following:
- Coverage for your medical expenses
- Money for lost income if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages against the responsible party