Philadelphia Work Injury Attorney
With millions of people living and working in greater Philadelphia, and a strong union presence throughout our state, workplace injuries are a serious issue in Philadelphia. Work injuries happen, not only in heavy industry and construction, but also in jobs involving a risk of car accidents, violent crime and other dangerous events. People injured at work, and the families of those killed, should usually be covered by workers’ compensation laws — but in practice, some employers will do anything to avoid paying because it will ultimately raise their insurance costs. That’s why injured workers should speak to a Philadelphia work injury lawyer as soon as possible after the accident, to protect their legal rights.
What Are The Most Common Fatal Work Injuries in Philadelphia?
Nationwide, a total of 4,679 fatal work injuries were reported in 2014, and of that, 175 were reported in Pennsylvania. While this may only be a fraction of the total, many of these could have been preventable. The Bureau of Labor Statistics further broke down fatal work injuries and categorized them to type of work related accident. At total of 74 fatal injuries were related to transportation issues like forklift accidents and 29 from contact with objects and equipment; together, these two major categories accounted for 59 percent of all workplace fatalities. Slip and fall accidents accrued 25 fatalities in Pennsylvania. The most common injuries that could turn fatal include:
Why Should you Hire a Philadelphia Work Injury Lawyer?
After a work injury, most Philadelphia workers should be able to claim compensation for medical bills and partial replacement wages through their employers’ workers’ compensation insurance. However, this is not a simple process, and some employers intentionally make it difficult. Workers absolutely should still make their claims, but they should seriously consider hiring a Philadelphia work injury lawyer if they believe their employer is trying to discourage them from making a claim, or their claim is unfairly denied. Rosenbaum & Associates stands by workers throughout the claims and appeals process, making sure their rights are respected at every step.
Workers’ compensation insurance normally bars injured workers from suing the employer. But workers are free to sue a third party, such as a contractor, an equipment manufacturer or an unsafe driver. They may also sue the employer if workers’ compensation appeals fail or if it illegally failed to carry insurance at all. This allows injured workers and their families to get fuller compensation.
Rosenbaum & Associates | Work Injury Attorney
To learn more about claiming fair payments for a work injury or tell us about your case, contact the Philadelphia law firm of Rosenbaum & Associates today for a free case evaluation. At Rosenbaum & Associates, a Philadelphia work injury lawyer offers a free consultation, so potential clients can ask us about the strength and value of their cases with no further obligation or charge. You are always welcome to contact us online or call us toll–free at 1–800–753–4257.