Philadelphia Workplace Accident Lawyer
If you are injured in a workplace accident, you are entitled to compensation under Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Act regardless of who was at fault. Unfortunately, many employees don’t receive all of the benefits they deserve because they are unfamiliar with the rules.
For more than 20 years, Philadelphia attorney Jeffrey S. Gross has aggressively fought for the rights of injured workers in Pennsylvania. If you have sustained an injury in an on-the-job accident, contact us today for a free initial consultation about your case.
What Types Of Work Accidents Are Covered By Workers’ Compensation?
Any accident that occurs on the job is covered by Workers’ Compensation. If you are injured, your employer is required to pay your medical bills and reimburse you for lost wages. The following are examples of the types of workplace accidents we frequently handle:
- Car accidents: If the accident occurs on company business, it is covered by Workers’ Compensation.
- Construction accidents: Few jobs are as dangerous as construction, where workers may work in hazardous settings and in close proximity to heavy equipment.
- Crane accidents: A crane is a very common, necessary piece of equipment that is used in many settings such as manufacturing plants, construction work sites, warehouse, airports and retail stores. An accident involving a crane can lead to serious injuries or death. The most common causes of crane accidents include workers falling from a crane, negligent supervision, collapse or tipping of the crane, defective equipment, improper operation, and objects falling from a crane.
- Electrical accidents: Accidents can occur in a setting where people work around or with electrical wiring. Electricians are not the only ones at risk. Construction workers, machine operators, roofers, carpenters and cement workers may also be subjected to electrical hazards. Electrocutions can occur as a result of working on power lines, contact with overheated equipment and improperly grounded wires.
- Elevator accidents: Workers in various industries use elevators on a regular basis. Unfortunately, accidents can and do occur. Common causes of elevator accidents include door entrapment, sudden acceleration or deceleration, falls into elevator shaftways and defective products.
- Fatal work accidents: We handle all types of claims for families who have lost a loved one in a fatal work accident including construction accidents, oil refinery accidents, and work-related motor vehicle accidents. You can expect the utmost compassion and sensitivity from our team during this difficult time. We will aggressively fight to hold all negligent parties accountable as well as to seek the maximum compensation for all that you have endured.
- Forklift accidents: Forklift accidents are common in warehouses, construction sites and settings where heavy items need to be lifted and transported. Forklift accidents can occur from negligent maintenance, defective parts and unsafe working environment.
- Ladder accidents: Falling from a ladder can result in serious injury. Ladder accidents are among the most common causes of workplace injuries and death. These types of accidents can occur as a result of improper maintenance, uneven rungs, not being properly secured or a product defect.
- Machine injuries: Punch presses, conveyor belts, cutters, saws and other machines can cause catastrophic injuries such as amputations. Workers injured in a machinery accident can rely on our skilled Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers to help you seek fair compensation
- Occupational exposure: Our firm handles all types of cases relating to occupational diseases resulting from exposure to toxins, chemicals or other dangerous substances in the workplace. Examples are asbestos, benzene, communicable diseases, pesticides and radiation. Some at risk workers include health care professionals, nuclear power plant workers, miners, construction workers, and oil and gas company workers.
- Office accidents: An office may not be viewed as the most dangerous place to work; however, there are risks associated with an office environment. Some of the more common accidents suffered by office workers include electric shocks, slip and fall accidents, repetitive strain injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Scaffolding accidents: Falls from scaffolding are a common type of construction accident, as well as being struck by objects dropped from workers on a scaffold. The severity of the injury is often directly related to how high the scaffolding is setup and the circumstances of how the accident occurred. Injuries can range from bruises and lacerations to head, neck and spinal cord injuries and even death.
- Slip-and-fall accidents: Slip-and-fall accidents can occur due to wet and slippery surfaces, lose carpeting and other conditions. Regardless of why you fell, you are covered by Workers’ Compensation if the accident occurred at work.
You have a right to Workers’ Compensation benefits even if you were careless and caused the accident yourself. However, if you injured yourself deliberately or the accident resulted from drug or alcohol use, Workers’ Compensation benefits may not be payable.
If the accident was caused by the negligence of a third party, you may have a right to recover additional compensation for damages such as pain and suffering by filing a personal injury claim.
Contact Our Workplace Accidents Lawyers In Philadelphia at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gross
The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gross are ready and available to answer any question you may have about your right to receive compensation after a workplace injury. Contact us online or call 267-589-0090 or 215-512-1500 for a free appointment with a top Philadelphia workplace accident lawyer.