Top Work Injury Lawyers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
Every year, roughly 4,000 workers are killed in the U.S., and thousands more are injured. On the job accidents and injuries occur every day. The truth is that most workers never assert their full legal rights and will only file for workers’ compensation benefits.
Our Pennsylvania and New Jersey work injury lawyers fight to ensure that injured workers receive full and fair compensation for their injuries. For over a decade, our work injury lawyers have been rated as top lawyers in the area of personal injury by Super Lawyers magazine.
“Thousands of workers are injured throughout this country every day on the job. Many of them like yourself don’t understand that they have legal rights and remedies available to them simply beyond workers compensation.
My name’s Paul Bucci and I’ve dedicated my career to representing injured workers. When you’re injured on the job, you suffer a loss of income and financial hardship. Our goal here at Laffey, Bucci & Kent is to put you back on your feet.
You not only need a lawyer that understands the nature the work that you perform but also the law and the federal safety regulations that apply to it. We understand the law. We understand the safety regulations. We understand the type of job you perform. If you’ve been injured on the job you have any questions about your legal rights please feel free to contact us.”
“Paul is one of the outstanding construction litigators in Pennsylvania. During depositions, it was apparent that Paul knew as much about the operations and engineering as did the defense witnesses.” -Jeff Gutkowski (construction accident, work injury case)
Results by Our PA and NJ Work Accident Lawyers
- $101 million – The collapse of a parking garage at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City that injured over 30 construction workers on the job and killed 4 men working on the project (the largest construction accident settlement in U.S. history)
- $13 million – A workplace accident resulting in an above the knee amputation of the plaintiff’s right leg
- Click here for all results in Philadelphia, PA and NJ work accident cases
Legal Rights for Injured Workers in Pennsylvania & New Jersey
Workers’ Compensation – How it Works and Why it is Doesn’t Provide Full Compensation
Workers’ compensation claims are the most common types of work injury claims in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. A worker who is injured on the job files for workers’ compensation benefits and the claim is approved. The worker receives medical treatment through the claim. However, the worker is temporarily disabled from working and therefore receives only a portion of his lost wages, rather than 100%.
Like most states, PA and NJ workers’ compensation laws are designed to get injured individuals back to work as soon as possible. The idea is that paying 100% of lost wages would encourage workers to stay out on comp benefits for as long as possible. That’s why only a portion of lost wages get paid via workers’ compensation.
On average, an injured worker in PA or NJ will receive about 2/3 or 66% of their average weekly wage. For most workers, receiving only 2/3 of their lost income places their families in real financial peril.
Tort (Injury) Lawsuits – The Other Piece of the Puzzle
The vast majority of injured workers believe that their only legal remedy is workers’ compensation when that simply isn’t true. Workers’ compensation is just one of the types of claims workers who are injured in Pennsylvania or New Jersey can make. In fact, an injured worker has the legal right to seek compensation from non-employer entities which caused or contributed to the accident.
Basically, for workers who are seriously injured in on the job accidents, there may be recovery beyond and in addition to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation is not the only source of financial recovery in workplace accidents. Potential liable parties include employers, contractors, and subcontractors. In addition, there may be a defective product liability claim against the manufacturer, distributor or retailer of machinery, equipment or other products involved in the accident.
Example: a worker is injured at a worksite in Pennsylvania when a piece of equipment malfunctions and topples over, crushing him. The worker may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim and also bring a legal claim against multiple parties, including:
1. the manufacturer of the equipment for a defective product,
2. the company hired to maintain the equipment for negligence in maintaining the equipment,
3. the general contractor hired to manage the project, and/or
4. the equipment contractor.
Workers injured in a Pennsylvania or New Jersey workplace accident can obtain financial recovery for their medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and more. This is the key benefit of a tort or accident lawsuit: getting monetary compensation for pain and suffering, something that is completely unavailable via workers’ compensation. Injured workers and construction workers represented by the work injury lawyers at Laffey, Bucci & Kent succeed in obtaining financial recovery on top of workers’ compensation benefits.
Common Types of Work Accidents
- workplace fall accidents (i.e., roof fall)
- electrocution/electrical accidents
- forklift accidents
- scaffold accidents
- dock/longshore accidents
- logging/timber accidents
- construction site accidents
Common Types of Work Injuries
- spinal cord injuries with or without paralysis
- loss of a limb or amputation
- head/brain injuries
- broken/fractured bones
- back injuries
- nerve damage
Help for Workers Seriously Injured on the Job in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or New Jersey Work Accident
The attorneys at Laffey, Bucci & Kent have a combined 40+ years of experience handling work injury accidents throughout the U.S. Our lawyers are licensed in multiple states including Pennsylvania and New Jersey. They have achieved stellar results in burn injuries, crush/roll-over, and amputation cases. Firm founder Paul Bucci served as plaintiffs’ counsel in the New Jersey Tropicana Garage Collapse litigation, where the plaintiffs were awarded over $100 million in damages. Visit our law library for free legal info about work accident and injury law in PA and NJ.
The firm represents workers in all trades including:
- steel workers
- cement masons
- operating engineers
- manufacturing workers
- skilled laborers
Injured workers are often entitled to receive monetary compensation for their injuries and resulting financial losses. In a work injury lawsuit in PA or NJ, common claims for financial compensation include medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. In a serious injury case, future expenses and future pain and suffering can also be recovered.
To be sure you receive maximum compensation, you must not delay. Speak to a work accident lawyer immediately.
About Laffey, Bucci & Kent – PA & NJ Work Accident Lawyers
Our highly rated work injury lawyers work tirelessly on behalf of their clients to get the compensation they deserve. They are known, experienced trial lawyers who fight for the legal rights of injured workers and are not afraid to take a case to trial. For the last 3-5 years, the firm’s partners have received some of the highest lawyer ratings possible, from Super Lawyers Magazine.
If you or a loved one has been seriously hurt on the job, in a work accident in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or New York, contact the experienced, highly rated work injury lawyers at Laffey, Bucci & Kent for a free, confidential consultation. 215.399.9255/800.220.7600
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Last updated: December 19, 2016