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Logging accidents can result in very serious injuries and even death. Injuries most commonly occur to the hands, followed by the legs/knees, head, upper body and feet. Many logging accidents occur when a worker is struck by a chain saw or heavy equipment. Depending on the logging job, many types of heavy, dangerous equipment may be used, such as:

  • feller bunchers,
  • grapple skidders,
  • forwarders,
  • processors/harvesters,
  • delimbers,
  • slashers,
  • chippers or
  • debarkers.

Lumberjack with chain sawHowever, some logging jobs may require workers to manually fall trees with chain saws. Many injured workers become permanently disabled, or at the very least will lose time from work and incur medical bills. While workers’ compensation may cover lost wages and medical bills, it does not provide compensation for pain and suffering. Injured workers and their families deserve full compensation, and a lawsuit may accomplish this.

In lawsuits resulting from logging accidents, there are multiple claims which can be made:

  • failing to train workers properly,
  • failing to provide/inspect personal protective equipment (PPE) such as head, eye, ear, hand or leg protection,
  • failing to inspect chainsaws or other equipment,
  • failing to check for signs of loose bark or broken tree limbs prior to falling,
  • failing to obtain proper certification for machine operators,
  • failing to terminate work during extreme weather conditions (heavy winds, rain, fog, etc.),
  • removing falling object protective structures (FOPS) or rollover protective structure (ROPS), or
  • violating OSHA requirements related to logging operations (1910.266).

The success of a logging accident lawsuit depends on proper and early investigation into the facts of the case to determine liability of all potential parties.

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Our logging accident attorneys serve accident victims in the following areas: Allegheny County, PA; Berks County, PA; Bucks County, PA; Chester County, PA; Delaware County, PA; Lehigh County, PA; Montgomery County, PA; Northampton County, PA: Philadelphia County, PA; Atlantic County, NJ; Burlington County, NJ; Camden County, NJ; Cumberland County, NJ; Gloucester County, NJ; Salem County, NJ; New Castle County, DE; Kent County, DE; Atlantic City, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Newark, NJ; Doylestown, PA; Media, PA; West Chester, PA; Norristown, PA; Camden, NJ; Wilmington, DE; Newark, DE; Georgetown, DE; and New Castle, DE. Our lawyers can obtain special admission in other states on a case by case basis.

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