Most Pennsylvanians do not go to work with the concern that they might be injured on the job. However, workplace accidents and injuries are very common, and people working in certain injuries have a much higher risk than others. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), an estimated 2.7 million nonfatal workplace injuries happened in 2020 alone. Unfortunately, another 4,764 people were killed in workplace accidents during the same year.
Most workplace accidents, injuries, and fatalities are preventable. Some are caused by corporate wrongdoing, failures to follow safety standards, negligence, and industrial hazards. Construction, manufacturing, oil and gas drilling, and other industrial companies carry higher risks of serious injury and fatality accidents. When people are seriously injured while working, they should be compensated for their losses. The Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at Raynes & Lawn have litigated complex industrial accident claims against large corporations on behalf of injured victims for more than five decades. We know how these types of accidents can leave victims facing life-altering injuries and debilitating conditions, including electrocution injuries, traumatic brain injuries, burns, and more. In some cases, workers can be killed, leaving their families to deal with the devastating loss of their loved ones as well as financial losses.
We are dedicated to fighting for the rights of our clients when workers are injured because of the harmful practices and safety violations of their employers.
While there are many different types of industrial accidents, some of the most common include the following:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforces regulations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) and has issued numerous standards that companies in different industries must follow to help to prevent accidents and injuries. Unfortunately, many companies fail to follow proper safety procedures, placing their employees at risk. Industrial accidents can happen when shortcuts are taken, materials are handled improperly, equipment is misused or improperly maintained, and employees are inadequately trained. Companies that violate OSHA’s safety standards can face substantial penalties and fines.
In most cases, employees cannot file lawsuits against their employers when they are injured at work. This is because of Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation laws. Most employers in Pennsylvania must carry workers’ compensation coverage to protect their employees when they are injured in workplace accidents. Injured workers do not have to prove that their employers were negligent to recover workers’ compensation benefits for their workplace accidents. However, they also generally cannot sue their employers unless an exception applies.
Two situations in which an employee might be allowed to sue an employer for negligence in an industrial accident claim include when the employer failed to carry workers’ compensation insurance or if the injured victim was an independent contractor instead of an employee.
In some cases, a third party at a worksite might be liable for an industrial accident. For example, if a subcontractor was hired to perform work at a site and caused your accident and injuries, you could file a third-party claim against the responsible subcontractor as well as a workers’ compensation claim with your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier. You might also be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of defective equipment that caused your injuries at work. our attorneys will carefully review your case to identify all of the potential sources of recovery to help you recover all of the compensation to which you should be entitled.
The potential damages and benefits that might be available to you will depend on whether you are limited to the workers’ compensation system or if you also have grounds to file a third-party claim. If you are limited to workers’ compensation, some of the types of benefits that you should be entitled to recover compensation for all of your medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and other related expenses. If your injury left you with temporary or permanent disabilities that prevent you from returning to your job, you might also be entitled to recover disability benefits to replace a percentage of your former income.
If you can pursue a negligence claim, you might also be eligible for non-economic damages, including pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability, and others. An industrial accidents lawyer at Raynes & Lawn will carefully evaluate your claim to determine liability, identify all responsible parties, and properly value your claim.
Industrial accidents can be severe and result in serious injuries or fatalities. Many of these types of accidents can be prevented by taking specific safety steps. Unfortunately, some companies violate safety laws and place their employees at risk. If you or your loved one sustained serious injuries in an industrial accident, you should consult an industrial accidents lawyer at Raynes & Lawn as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation so that you can learn more about the legal remedies that might be available to you, call us today at 1-800-535-1797.
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