Pennsylvania is a great place to live, but can be a dangerous place to work. The Commonwealth has a rich history in many industries that were critical to the growth of the United States. Pennsylvania workers are proud of their dedication and hard work, but many of the jobs that lead the Pennsylvania economy come with risks.
Industrial accidents happen too often in Pittsburgh. These accidents can result in serious injuries or death, and cause permanent injuries that prevent a person from returning to work. Victims are often left wondering how they will possibly pay their medical bills and support their families when they cannot work. Fortunately, you have options — and help exploring those options.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in an industrial accident, contact the personal injury lawyers at Berger and Green for a case evaluation. Our industrial accident attorneys can answer your questions about recovering workers’ compensation benefits. In some cases, industrial accident victims may also be entitled to seek money damages for injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering from other sources.
What is an industrial accident?
An industrial accident is any incident that causes a worker to suffer a work-related injury. While accidents can occur at any workplace, industrial accidents often take place at:
- Construction sites
- Chemical plants
- Industrial and manufacturing facilities
- Fertilizer factories
- Other similar locations
Some common types of industrial accidents include:
- Vehicle accidents
- Machinery-related incidents
- Gas explosions
- Chemical fires
- Mine collapses
- Chemical spills, leaks, and other exposures
What are the causes of industrial accident injuries?
In general, there are two primary causes of industrial accident injuries: Unsafe working conditions and negligent workers. While there are dozens of ways a worker can suffer injuries in a factory, plant, or mine, most accidents occur because of one of those two primary causes.
Unsafe working conditions vary by industry but often include defective machines, problems with materials, unsafe storage, and inadequate ventilation.
Negligent employees can cause accidents when they do not have the knowledge or skill to complete a task but attempt to anyway. Other times, simple carelessness causes injuries. For example: a worker fails to use the appropriate personal protective equipment and falls, or you sustain injuries when an untrained worker attempts to operate a forklift and causes a crash. When negligent workers cause an industrial accident, the employer is likely still liable for covering your medical care and lost wages.
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What types of injuries occur in an industrial accident?
The injuries suffered in an industrial accident vary from case to case, but any type of injury that requires medical care and keeps you away from work for more than a few days calls for filing a workers’ compensation claim.
If you suffered serious injuries such as broken bones, burns, paralysis, head injury, impaired vision, exposure to harmful chemicals, neck injury, loss of limb, or a back injury, you may want to discuss your case with one of our industrial accident injury lawyers in Pittsburgh.
Berger and Green handle all types of industrial accidents including:
- Marcellus Shale Gas Explosions
- Marcellus Shale Injuries
- Exposure to Toxic Chemicals
- Refinery Accidents
- Factory Work Injuries
- Third-Party Liability Claims
- Coal Mining Accidents
- Defective Machinery
- Chemical Fires
- Heavy Equipment Accidents
- Steel Mill Accidents
How can I get compensation after a Pittsburgh industrial accident?
The lawyers at Berger and Green can explain your rights under Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. Depending on how your accident occurred, benefits may be limited to workers’ compensation, but we can explore all possible options in a free evaluation of your case. Our workers’ compensation lawyers can help you secure the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve, explore other options, and navigate the Social Security disability application process if you cannot return to work quickly.
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What if I was not working on the site?
Workers are not the only victims in industrial accidents. In some cases, passersby are also caught in the line of fire, e.g., you are injured after a nearby refinery explodes or a plant exposes you to toxic chemicals.
If you have questions about how you can get the money you need after an industrial accident, call Berger and Green to schedule a comprehensive analysis of your case. We are here to help.
How can an industrial accident injury lawyer in Pittsburgh help me?
Industrial accidents are serious and complicated and require attorneys with experience handling this type of claim. The lawyers at Berger and Green have more than 40 years of experience with workers’ compensation law, as well as personal injury cases. Berger and Green want to help victims of industrial accidents and their families. We have represented families who lost loved ones due to industrial accidents, and we understand the extreme difficulties our clients are facing.
The industrial accident lawyers at Berger and Green will discuss your claim at no cost or obligation to you. And we only get paid if you win a settlement in your case. Call us today: 412-661-1400.