Work Injury Lawyers – Accidents & Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Every year, over 1% of workers are injured so severely on the job they need to take time off to recuperate. In some occupations — like freight movers, police officers, truck drivers (tractor-trailer and delivery), and workers at industrial workplaces and construction sites — 5% of workers are severely injured. Review of insurance data shows that nearly three-quarters of these injuries have just five causes:
- Overexertion, i.e. injuries caused by lifting, pushing, pulling, holding and carrying
- Falls on same level / tripping on hazard
- Falling to lower level / falling without a proper guardrail
- Bodily reaction, i.e. injuries from bending, climbing, reaching, standing, sitting, and slipping or tripping without falling
- Struck by moving, falling or flying object
The remaining claims are primarily highway incidents, “caught in/compressed by” accidents, repetitive motion, and workplace violence. The falling accidents at construction sites are particularly inexcusable, given the detailed OSHA guidelines that provide more than adequate protection.
Tragically, every year, over 4,500 workers are killed in workplace accidents, one-third in transportation and highway accidents, one-fifth as a result of workplace violence, one-sixth in equipment or machinery collisions, and one-sixth in falls. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics; see also the AFL-CIO’s Death on the Job report.) Workplace fatality rates have fallen dramatically over the past generation, from 18 deaths per 100,000 workers in 1970 to 4 deaths per 100,000 workers in 2002, but the truth is that everybody should be able to come home safely, and the employers that cut back on worker safety and the companies that put unsafe equipment in the workplace need to be held responsible.
Workers compensation covers many of these claims, but workers comp is an adversarial process, where the difference between a lawyer shuffling paper and a zealous advocate can mean hundreds of thousands of dollars. Workers comp, too, only applies to the employer, and doesn’t absolve other companies in the area, like subcontractors and heavy machinery and crane manufacturers, from their duties to keep workers safe. Our workplace injury lawyers thoroughly investigate every case to review, for example, any history of accidents, the presence of OSHA violations, and whether appropriate safety procedures were created and followed to ensure every party responsible for our client’s injuries is held fully responsible either under workers compensation laws or under tort law claims like negligence, recklessness, and punitive damages.
Our law firm is based in Philadelphia, and we represent workplace injury clients across Pennsylvania, with most of our work in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, Chester, and Lancaster counties. In New Jersey, we work primarily in Camden, Burlington, Glouchester, Salem, Mercer, Ocean, and Atlantic Counties. In Delaware, most of our clients are from or were injured in New Castle and Kent counties.
You can also read some of my articles relating to work injuries, such as:
- When Workers’ Compensation Isn’t Enough After A Wrongful Death
- PA Workers Injured In Car Accidents Can Now Recover UIM Benefits
- Pennsylvania Legislature Puts Insurers Over Injury Victims
- The Future Of Asbestos Litigation And The 60,000 Mesothelioma Patients Yet To Be Diagnosed
- Why CSX Railroad Sued Successful Asbestos Lawyers For Racketeering