A young Orlando man saw his life forever changed Thursday morning. Joshua Simpkins, 19, an employee at a Golden Corral restaurant in the city lost four fingers in a terrible work-related accident.
According to authorities, Simpkins was grinding pork Thursday morning when he got his hand caught in the grinder. An employee walking by heard Simpkins screaming and yelled for someone to dial 911. By the time firefighters arrived, the accident scene had been cleaned.
Restaurant staff cleaned the grinder and the immediate area, tossing the remains of Simpkins’ fingers in the trash.
Simpkins was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center with only the thumb remaining on his left hand. The young man was listed in stable condition. An investigation undertaken by OSHA found that the equipment was working properly, safety procedures were in order, and training had been supplied to the employee.
If you are injured at work, the first thing that you should do is support your injury to a supervisor. It’s an obvious first step, but there are times when you may be injured and not require immediate medical attention. Do not take a wait and see approach. Doing so can seriously affect your ability to receive workers compensation later. The problem becomes compounded if you seek medical attention later and your medical insurance will not cover a work-related injury.
When you report the incident, you are protecting yourself in the event that you decide to seek medical attention the next day or even the next month. Be sure to report the accident in writing or in front of a witness. If you belong to a union, you should also report the injury to your representative.
In many cases, your state allows for up to 90 days to report a work-related injury, but your employer may impose internal deadlines that are much shorter. Failure to report an accident in a timely manner does not automatically negate your right to receive compensation, but it could delay that compensation dramatically.
If you are injured in a work-related accident, you are entitled to benefits. At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, we have worked with hundreds of working families, providing them with sound guidance and legal advice when it is needed most. Our compassionate attorneys are here to fight to protect your rights. Your first consultation is always provided at no cost to you. We recommend that you call us as soon as possible so that we can begin assisting you and your family.