New rules are in place to require employers to report injuries and deaths to OSHA. As reported in the Insurance Journal (, these new rules took effect January 1, 2015. Now, employers must report all work-related fatalities within eight hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding out about the incident. The new rules will help OSHA investigate in a timely manner, and may help hold employers accountable for deliberate intent injuries which fall outside of workers’ compensation immunity in West Virginia.

If you or a loved one is injured on the job, call the lawyers at Goddard & Wagoner PLLC today to learn if you may be able to seek additional compensation over and above workers’ compensation benefits. Call (304) 451-3500. Our lawyers help injury victims on a daily basis, and the consultation is free.