Work Accident & Injury Legal Articles
January 13, 2017
by Laffey, Bucci & Kent, LLP
Scaffold Accidents | Forklift Accidents | Workplace Fall Accidents | Electric Shock Accidents | Structural & Building Collapses | Crane & Equipment Accidents | Longshore & Dock Accidents | Logging Injuries
The following law library is brought to you by the work injury lawyers at Laffey, Bucci & Kent. The law info below is for information only and is no substitute for legal advice.
This page also provides other resources for PA and NJ workers if they need more information.
Page last updated: January 13, 2017
- Work Accident Injury Lawsuits in Pennsylvania & New Jersey – How Long Do They Take? (March 10, 2017) What is the time line for filing a work accident injury lawsuit in Pennsylvania or New Jersey? Learn about what affects resolution of a lawsuit for work injuries.
Work Accident Law Articles (Pennsylvania & New Jersey)
Common Legal Issues in Work Injury Cases
Lawsuits Against Employers
One of the first questions an injured worker has is whether they can file a lawsuit against their employer for negligence in causing an accident. Each case is unique, and the employer liability laws vary from state to state. In Pennsylvania, injured workers are usually prohibited from filing injury lawsuits against employers. There are some major exceptions to this rule. In one of our most popular articles, our work injury lawyers discuss Pennsylvania law for suing an employer for an injury at work (posted June 27, 2016).
Pain & Suffering Via Workers’ Compensation
In serious work injury cases, workers often sustain crushed limbs, head injuries and/or spinal cord injuries. Can an injured worker receive financial compensation for pain and suffering? Not through workers’ compensation. In Pennsylvania, the workers’ compensation system does not provide compensation for pain and suffering. Instead, compensation is payable for permanent or temporary disability from work and medical bills. In some instances, such as the loss of eyesight or hearing, specific loss benefits are payable. However, the system doesn’t account for an injured worker’s pain and suffering. Civil lawsuits can provide such compensation.
Do You Have a Valid Work Injury Lawsuit?
There is no way to tell whether you have a valid work injury lawsuit without consulting with a work accident lawyer who will review the details of the accident. There may be multiple claims available, against multiple parties. Contractors, subcontractors, property owners and even product manufacturers may all be held liable for a work accident. For example in a work related fall accident in a parking lot, the parking lot management contractor may be liable, or a snow/ice contractor may be liable.
- Forklift Accidents – Top 10 Causes of Work Injuries & Deaths in 2016 (May 4, 2016) Forklift accidents are one of the top causes of work injuries in PA and NJ. In 2016, there have been several forklift accidents, many of which have been fatal.
- Legal Rights for New Jersey Forklift Accident Injuries – Can You Receive Compensation? (February 24, 2015) Why are forklifts so dangerous? Forklift accidents result in literally thousands of work injuries each year in the U.S., including Pennsylvania and New Jersey. When are injured workers entitled to financial compensation?
- Injured at Work in Pennsylvania? How Compensation is Determined (July 18, 2014) Many injured workers in PA often misunderstand how to obtain financial compensation. Many believe that their only recourse is a workers’ compensation benefits claim. This is inaccurate. Workers injured in PA work accidents may recover compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages by filing tort claims or negligence lawsuits.
- PA Work Injury News: PA Roofing Contractor Continues to Expose Workers to Fall Hazards (February 10, 2016) A roofing contractor in Pennsylvania was cited for repeat OSHA violations, allegedly subjecting workers to major fall hazards in Philadelphia, as well as in New Jersey and Maryland.
- Factory Forklift Accidents – Recent Work Accident News (2015) (September 23, 2015) Get the latest about recent forklift accident injuries and fatalities across the U.S., and in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Forklift run-over accidents and forklift strike accidents are very common and often lead to catastrophic injuries.
- Preventing Forklift Accidents – Raising Awareness of Forklift Injuries, the Need for Adequate Training (June 10, 2015) In honor of National Forklift Safety Day, our work injury lawyers have issued this news article to spread awareness about the need for proper training. Hands down, forklift operator training is the single most important factor in preventing work related forklift accidents in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area.
- Paul Bucci Secures Victory for Injured Worker in Kentucky Work Accident Case (May 12, 2015) Our work injury lawyers often gain special court admission (pro hac vice) and handle cases across the U.S. In this Kentucky case, firm founder Paul Bucci represented a Kentucky worker whose foot was crushed after a steel beam fell off a forklift. Other local attorneys had turned the case down.
- Philadelphia Work Accidents in April 2015: 2 Deaths and Serious Injuries (April 21, 2015) Out of all the cities and towns in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia ranks high in terms of the number of injuries and accidents in the workplace. In Philadelphia, the warehousing and manufacturing industry both rank high for the number of work accidents including fatal work accidents.
- I fell down in the parking lot at work. Can I get compensated for my injuries? (May 6, 2015) If you fell down at work, here’s what you need to know about getting compensated for your injuries. Be sure to have the case investigated by a knowledgeable work injury lawyer who can assess the cause of the accident. You may have legal rights against other non-employer parties.
- I was hurt in a crane collapse accident and do not know what caused the collapse. Can I file a claim? (August 1, 2013) Proper investigation after a major work accident like a crane collapse is crucial. Oftentimes, valuable evidence is lost in the days and weeks after a serious equipment accident. Having a work accident lawyer involved at the outset is important to preserve evidence and determine the cause of the accident.
- Who can be held liable for a heavy equipment accident at a construction site? (June 12, 2013) Construction sites are often multi-employer work sites. Therefore, at any given moment, dozens of contractors may be present. Negligence of one contractor can lead to injuries and work accidents involving employees of other contractors. Contractors are routinely held liable for causing injury to other parties at the work site.
- I tripped and fell on a work site in New Jersey. What are my rights? (November 14, 2014) Trip and fall accidents in construction or industrial settings such as factories are very common. New Jersey courts recognize legal rights in work related fall accident cases. Get informed here.
- Crane Accidents & Workplace Safety – The Burden of Safety Lies with Corporate Businesses (April 25, 2013) Crane accidents are common across the Northeast corridor, including PA, NJ and NY. Earlier this year, a major crane accident in Queens, NY resulted in major injuries. Crane operators are often guilty of negligent conduct leading to work accidents. The burden of workplace safety lies with corporate businesses.
- Workplace Fall Accidents & Injuries (March 16, 2013) Work injuries often lead to financial hardships for injured workers. Work injuries often include head injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic injuries and broken bones. Surgery and extensive medical treatment are often necessary.
- Work Accidents & Burn Injuries (February 9, 2013) Burn injuries often result from electric shock accidents or chemical exposures. These types of injuries are extremely painful and often lead to serious scarring. Our work injury lawyers discuss these types of injuries, treatment and financial compensation from lawsuits.
About Our Work Injury Law Practice
Our lawyers have achieved millions of dollars of results on behalf of injured workers in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area. Our firm handles the following work injury cases:
- construction accidents,
- industrial accidents,
- factory accidents, and
- equipment accidents.
If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a work accident in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or New York, contact our experienced, highly rated workplace accident and injury lawyers for a free, confidential consultation. 215.399.9255; 800.220.7600
Work Injury Resources in Pennsylvania & New Jersey
Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry
Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s website has a section dedicated to PA Workers’ Compensation which provides information for workers. It answers basic questions from “What is workers’ compensation?” to “Who is eligible to receive compensation?”
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
OSHA is an agency of the United States Department of Labor, and its mission is to “assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.”
OSHA’s website, www.OSHA.gov, provides OSHA regulations and other valuable resources for employers and employees. The website also provides other material and information on how employers can keep their employees safe.
Filing a Safety and Health Complaint Against a PA or NJ Employer
PA workers have a right to work at a safe workplace environment. Pursuant to the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, workers and employees have the right to file a complaint against their employers it they believe there is a serious hazard. Workers may also file a complaint if they believe their employers are violating OSHA safety regulations. Workers can request an OSHA inspection of their workplace. Employees do not have to know whether an OSHA regulation has been violated in order to file a complaint.
Workers may file a complaint online. Click here if you want to file an OSHA complaint online.
Workers may also call the nearest OSHA area office to file a complaint. Below is the contact information for the Philadelphia Area Office.
Philadelphia Area Office
U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA
US Custom House, Room 242
Second & Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106-2902
(215) 597-1956 FAX
For South New Jersey, workers may contact the Marlton Area Office below.
Marlton Area Office
Marlton Executive Park, Building 2
701 Route 73 South, Suite 120
Marlton, New Jersey 08053
(856) 596-5201 FAX
New Jersey Public Employees State Plan Office
In New Jersey, OSHA offices only cover all private sector workplaces, federal agencies, maritime employers (e.g., shipyards, marine terminals, longshoring), military facilities, Indian sovereignty workplaces and the United States Postal Service (USPS).
For matters involving all public sector workplaces, including state, county, and local government agencies, public authorities, fire departments, and school districts, workers should contact the New Jersey Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health (PEOSH) State Plan, which is part of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDLWD).
New Jersey – Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health (PEOSH) State Plan Office
P.O. Box 386 Safety, P.O. Box 360 Health
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0386
(609) 292-3749 FAX
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