Kimberly-Clark Corporation is headquartered in Irving, Texas. The huge company spans across the United States and around the world, producing paper goods and other consumer products. It is a major employer, especially in Texas, with a massive workforce of 43,000 that includes positions from product engineers to sales and service.
Unfortunately, employees who are hurt while working for such massive employers often have trouble getting the information they need to protect their rights. If you have been hurt and have questions, we’d like to share some answers about work injuries at Kimberly-Clark.
Types of work accidents that may affect Kimberly-Clark workers
Serious work accidents can happen in any environment, whether you’re on the manufacturing floor or in an office. The types of injuries that workers suffer in these accidents can vary dramatically depending on what happened, but Kimberly-Clark employees who have been hurt commonly suffer from:
- Head and brain injuries. Head injury is commonly caused by falls or motor vehicle accidents while an employee is on the clock. If a worker suffers a serious spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury (TBI), he or she may be permanently unable to function in his or her regular job.
- Back injuries. Even if an employee does not suffer a sudden back injury in an accident, he or she still may suffer a slow, degenerative spinal condition caused by work. Years of heavy lifting, driving, or even sitting in an uncomfortable chair can lead to spinal degeneration, osteoarthritis, and sciatica.
- Trucking accident injuries. Kimberly-Clark truck drivers can be injured while transporting goods or working around vehicles. However, companies that “borrow” non-contracted drivers may deny worker’s compensation to these drivers after an accident.
- Repetitive stress injuries. Performing repeated motions day in and day out can cause debilitating nerve damage or bone erosion, which may require surgery to repair. For example, this can affect office workers who don’t use ergonomic stations or factory workers who perform the same motions over and over again while operating machinery.
- Sensory loss. Many direct injuries can affect nerve function, but so can exposure to noisy environments, constant vibration, and other environmental factors. It’s not uncommon for workers to lose sensory sensitivity, leading to blindness, loss of hearing, or loss of feeling in the fingers and toes.
- Loss of mobility. Falls may cause paralysis, and equipment problems can result in the loss of a limb. These types of injuries will affect a victim’s case, since he or she will likely suffer a limited earning capacity for the rest of his life.
- Wrongful death. If all machinery is not maintained properly or hazardous conditions are allowed to persist, an employer could be held liable for a death in the workplace.
We know that victims who are hurt on the job are tired, scared, and suffering—and the added stress of wondering how to get money for lost income and medical bills doesn’t help. However, it’s important to understand that you’re not alone, and it is possible to get the answers and help you need.
You are not alone after you have been hurt at work
If you have suffered an on-the-job injury while working for Kimberly-Clark, you’re not alone. These accidents affect victims around the world, causing a wide range of debilitating—and sometimes devastating—injuries. Here are a few notable cases of Kimberly-Clark work accidents in the past:
- England. Kimberly-Clark was forced to pay £180,000 after a night-shift worker died while loading rolls into a cutting machine at a factory in Barrow in 2007. Christopher Massey, 28 years old, was hit in the head by a thick reel of tissue and became trapped in a gap between the machinery. A Health and Safety Executive investigated the incident and found that the machine had been modified several months earlier, which created the dangerous gap between the rolls.
- Pennsylvania. A Kimberly-Clark employee suffered second-degree burns after the propane tank on his forklift exploded on August 7, 2011. The worker was hospitalized after the refueling accident, and the forklift was burned beyond repair.
- Texas. On October 4, 2002, David Lee Jackson II was rear-ended by a Kimberly-Clark Mack truck while stopped at a stop sign. Mr. Jackson suffered a severe closed-head injury as a result of the wreck, and now requires hospital care for the rest of his life. Investigators found that the truck driver, Jimmy Jones, had been declared legally blind in one eye, and the vision in his good eye was seriously damaged as a result of high blood pressure.
Anyone from office workers to paper-mill workers can be hurt on the job at Kimberly-Clark. When they are, it may be the company’s responsibility to provide compensation. While some workers have no trouble filing a claim and getting what they deserve, there are also many employees that find their manager’s door shut when it comes to getting answers about who is responsible.
Who is responsible for my Kimberly-Clark work injury?
As a Kimberly-Clark employee, there are several parties that could be responsible for causing your injury or creating a dangerous work environment. Many people are involved in the complicated manufacturing process, and there are typically a wide range of people, contract workers, and companies involved.
Some injured workers may be able to apply for workers’ compensation, and some workers may have the right to file an injury claim against Kimberly-Clark or another company for what happened. Ultimately, who could be held responsible for your work injury depends very much on your individual situation and the circumstances of the accident. Here are some examples, based on job duties and work environment:
- An office worker: Your manager and administrators are responsible for providing a safe work environment. If you were injured due to a known hazard that had not been corrected, your management team and company heads can be held liable.
- A mill worker: If you were injured by unstable or unsafe equipment, the manufacturer, designer, or distributor of the machinery or defective machine parts could be responsible for your injury.
- A truck driver: If your employer sent you out in a vehicle that did not comply with federal, state, and local safety regulations, or was guilty of negligence that put your life at risk, the company may be held liable for your suffering.
At VB Attorneys, we know that many victims are hoping that worker’s compensation will cover their medical bills after they are injured on the job. However, worker’s compensation is limited and often will not cover hospitalization, rehabilitation costs, and the considerable loss of income the victim has suffered. Our experienced lawyers know that these types of accidents often cause significant suffering and permanent loss of earning potential for the victims, and we urge you to get informed about your rights if you have been seriously hurt at work. To start learning more today, contact us at 1-877-724-7800.