In Philadelphia and other areas of Pennsylvania, industry has played a major role in the economy for centuries. Many of these industries require employees to perform duties that can be dangerous, which is why industrial accidents are common in the Pennsylvania.
There are many types of industrial accidents including gas explosions, coal mine entrapments, chemical fires and other incidents that can cause severe and catastrophic injury.
There have been many serious and life-threatening injuries sustained in industrial accidents. Employees have lost arms and legs while hoisting drill pipes at an oil site while others have been electrocuted when they came in contact with live electrical wires. There have been workers’ compensation claims filed when limbs were mangled by machinery. Employees have been knocked to the ground from high levels while others have been struck by items while operating machinery on a job site.
The types of industrial accidents that happen in Pennsylvania. In some cases, accidents happen when machinery does not have the necessary safety equipment installed, leading an employee to fall into the machinery or get too close with an arm or leg. Other accidents occur when employees are not properly trained on how to use equipment.
In 2014, a Pennsylvania company was fined for not properly training an employee who caused an explosion that killed one person and injured another. Even if an injury is caused due to the employee’s own error, they are still eligible for workers’ comp in Pennsylvania.
If you are injured in an industrial accident, you may be eligible for compensation other than workers’ compensation. If your employer was negligent, you may have a personal injury claim against the company.
Negligence includes failing to train employees properly, lack of safety equipment required by law or failure to place safety mechanisms on machinery to protect employees. After an injury in an industrial accident, contacting a personal injury lawyer is critical in order to protect your rights.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an industrial accident in Philadelphia or another area of Pennsylvania, you are eligible for workers’ compensation. However, you may eligible for additional compensation depending on the circumstances of your accident.
Contact Lundy Law to learn what rights you may have under a personal injury claim. If a loved one has died, you may be eligible for a wrongful death claim. Complete the free initial consultation form online or call us at 1-800-Lundy Law. We will guide you through the process and help you get the compensation you deserve.