Construction accidents, insurance companies and more

Working on a construction site is never easy. Even if you are being extremely careful, there is always the chance you could suffer a serious injury. Just because you…

Working on a construction site is never easy. Even if you are being extremely careful, there is always the chance you could suffer a serious injury.

Just because you are working in a dangerous industry is not an excuse to suffer an injury due to the negligence of an employer or other party.

A construction accident can include anything from a slip and fall to a scaffolding collapse. That is just the start, too.

Some of the most common construction site injuries include:

— Broken bones

— Head and neck injuries

— Back injuries

— Shoulder injuries

— Injuries due to a fall from height

— Crush injuries

— Toxic exposure

— Joint injuries

— Repetitive stress injuries

When a person is injured on a construction site, it’s imperative that he or she seeks immediate medical attention. The employer should also be made aware of exactly what happened.

Moving on, remember this: The insurance company may attempt to take advantage of you, as they don’t want you to collect benefits associated with the injury. They will use every trick imaginable to keep you from getting the money you deserve.

Have you been injured on the job? Don’t hesitate to contact our law firm for assistance. We are here to provide you with advice, answer your questions and make sure you get what is owed to you as soon as possible. You can learn more about construction accidents by reading our website and blog. If you need personalized advice, don’t hesitate to contact us via phone or online. Either way, we are here to help.

When is a chemical toxic?

When discussing toxic substances, the more of a substance that is in your body, the more it will affect you. This correlation between the effect and the amount is…

When discussing toxic substances, the more of a substance that is in your body, the more it will affect you. This correlation between the effect and the amount is known as the “dose-response relationship.”

When a toxic chemical is inhaled, there are four factors that determine how much of the substance will enter the body. These factors are:

— The amount of the chemical present in the air.

— How heavy and deep your breathing is.

— How much of the substance is absorbed after inhaling it.

— How long you are exposed.

Obviously, when toxic substances are present, limiting one’s exposure as much as possible is best. With some chemicals, a short amount of exposure will cause effects on the body. Some chemicals are hazardous because of how they accumulate in the body. Others may not give the body a chance to repair the damage caused by exposure.

The effects of some toxic chemicals take years to see. For some chemicals, all of the effects on the body are not known. This can make establishing a relationship between illness and chemical exposure difficult. On many worksites, workers are exposed to multiple toxic chemicals and that can make establishing the relationship described above even harder. Not everyone reacts to toxic chemicals the same way, either, which can make research more difficult, too.

If you have been injured or suffered an illness due to exposure to a toxic chemical at work in Pennsylvania, you have a right to workers’ compensation. Should your claim be denied, a lawyer can help you file an appeal to get you the benefits you deserve.

Source: Purdue University, “Understanding Toxic Substances: An Introduction to Chemical Hazards in the Workplace,” Washington Strate Department of Labor and Industries, accessed Feb. 17, 2016

Do you know how to drive on snow and ice?

During the winter months, you should realize that snow and ice can move into the area at any time. When this happens, if you are on the road, you…

During the winter months, you should realize that snow and ice can move into the area at any time. When this happens, if you are on the road, you need to change your driving habits. There are many tips you can follow to improve your chance of avoiding trouble in inclement weather.

First and foremost, make sure your car is ready for the snow. This could mean everything from buying new tires to properly inflating your tires.

Moving on, make sure you drive slow when snow and ice begin to accumulate on the road. This may not be something you want to do, especially if you are in a hurry, but it is better to be safe than sorry.

Also, make sure other drivers can see you at all times. For example, don’t stay in a truck’s blind spot for too long. If you do this, you are increasing the chance of an accident.

Finally, don’t accelerate fast or brake hard on snowy or ice roads. Either one of these actions can result in lost traction, thus increasing the chance of causing an accident.

The only surefire way to avoid trouble in the snow or ice is to stay off the road. However, you know this is not always possible.

Even if you know what you are doing, this doesn’t mean that every other driver is taking the same level of caution. It is essential that you take all the right steps, while also watching what those around you are doing. This can help you avoid Pennsylvania drivers who are taking too many risks.

Source: Edmunds, “Tips for Safe Driving on Snow and Ice,” accessed Feb. 15, 2016

Here are some things you may not know about truck accidents

Were you recently involved in a truck accident? Are you 100 percent certain that the trucker acted in negligent manner, thus causing the accident? There are many things you…

Were you recently involved in a truck accident? Are you 100 percent certain that the trucker acted in negligent manner, thus causing the accident?

There are many things you may not understand with regard to this type of accident, such as the following;

— The truck company will take steps to avoid responsibility.

— Most truck accidents are the result of some form of negligence, such as speeding, lack of sleep, drinking and driving, texting and driving, or improper training.

— Truck accidents can cause serious injury and even death. Due to the size difference between trucks and passenger vehicles, an accident can cause extensive damage and major injuries.

— Insurance companies don’t want to write you a check. It is easy to fall into the trap that is set by a friendly insurance adjuster. They act like they want to help, but they don’t always have your best interest in mind. The insurance company is going to do what is best for them, which often means shorting you in terms of compensation.

We know how difficult it can be to recover from a truck accident. Our Pennsylvania attorneys are experienced, knowledgeable, and willing to do whatever it takes to provide you with the assistance you deserve.

Even though you may feel lost, even though you may be worried about what the future will bring, there is help to be had. If you need any assistance following a truck accident, you can learn more by reviewing our website or contacting us via phone. It is our goal to put you in a better place.

Job-related injuries result in $597,000 award

A man who had worked for 38 years for CSX Transportation Inc retired in 2013 because of knee and shoulder injuries. He filed a lawsuit against CSX, Consolidated Rail…

A man who had worked for 38 years for CSX Transportation Inc retired in 2013 because of knee and shoulder injuries. He filed a lawsuit against CSX, Consolidated Rail and American Premier. The lawsuit claimed that the Federal Employer Liability Act had been violated by the defendants.

The plaintiff called up orthopedic surgery experts to testify, as well as experts in ergonomics and economics. The defendants alleged that the man’s injuries were because of a thyroid condition and his age. In addition, the defendants said that the man’s claims were not valid because he ran 5K races, both while he was employed and afterwards.

Because the orthopedic surgery expert said that the man needed knee surgery and he waited over a year to have it done so he could qualify for vacation pay, the jury found that the former railroad car inspector was .5 percent responsible for his past and future lost earnings and past lost wages. He said that he deals with pain on a daily basis.

American Premier was found 9.5 percent liable, Consolidated Rail, 40 percent, and CSX was found 50 percent liable for the man’s injuries. They are appealing the verdict.

If you have suffered injuries as a result of working for the railroad, you may have a civil action under the Federal Employers Liability Act against the railroad. It was enacted in 1908 to protect injured railroad workers. The railroad must be found to be partially legally negligent for the worker’s injuries. A Pennsylvania attorney who is experienced in employment law can provide you with more information.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, “Former railroad worker wins $600K for job-related injuries,” Vimbai Chikomo, Jan. 28, 2016

Workers’ compensation and employer duties

If you are injured on the job, you understand the importance of getting immediate medical attention. This is not a time to think about filing a workers’ compensation claim….

If you are injured on the job, you understand the importance of getting immediate medical attention. This is not a time to think about filing a workers’ compensation claim. Instead, you need to do whatever it takes to stabilize your injury.

When the time comes to file a workers’ compensation claim, it is a good idea to learn as much as possible about your rights as well as your employer’s duties.

Here are some of the duties your employer must live up to:

— Provide immediate medical treatment if a person is injured on the job.

— Complete a report detailing the injury. It must then be mailed to a local workers’ compensation office

— Create a written report of the accident if it caused any injury.

— Comply with all requests for additional information from the insurance company and/or workers’ compensation board. This can include but is not limited to statements of earnings, information on when and where the accident occurred, and reports of when the employee is expected to return to work.

You cannot force your employer to live up to these duties. Instead, you must simply hope that they know what is expected of them and are willing to follow the law down to every last detail.

Being injured on the job can throw your life into a downward spiral. Not only does this mean you will require medical treatment, but it could stop you from being able to work. If this happens, you need to realize the importance of filing a workers’ compensation claim to receive the benefits due to you in Pennsylvania.

Source: FindLaw, “Workers’ Comp: Employers’ Responsibilities,” accessed Feb. 02, 2016