Pennsylvania requires most employers to provide their workers with workers’ compensation coverage. This insurance kicks in after a workplace injury accident. If you suffered injuries in an industrial workplace fall, you will likely qualify for this coverage. We may also be able to help you identify a liable party responsible for your fall. If this is anyone but your employer, you may have grounds to file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit and collect additional damages.
At Berger and Green, our workplace injury attorneys offer free case reviews to industrial workplace fall victims. An industrial workplace fall accident lawyer in Pittsburgh, PA can help you understand your options based on the facts of your case and take action on your behalf to try to recover the compensation you deserve.
Call our team today at 412-661-1400 for your complimentary consultation.
Damages Available Following a Pittsburgh Industrial Workplace Fall Accident
The types of damages and how much compensation you may be able to recover after an industrial workplace fall in Pittsburgh depend on the facts of your case. You likely qualify for workers’ compensation benefits in almost every case. Through this program, you will likely qualify to get compensation to cover:
- The medical care required for your injuries
- About 66 percent of your lost wages while you cannot work
- Temporary total disability or permanent partial disability
- Funeral and burial expenses to survivors, when the victim dies from their injuries
Depending on exactly what happened to cause your fall and who played a role in your accident, we may be able to file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit in your case. This is possible if we can identify a liable third party who is not your employer. If we can win a settlement or verdict in this type of case, you can recover additional damages. These might include:
- Medical care not covered by workers’ compensation
- Ongoing and future care costs
- Accessibility and mobility equipment, such as a wheelchair or walker
- Lost wages not covered by workers’ compensation
- Diminished earning capacity, if you cannot return to work
- Out-of-pocket costs related to the accident
- Pain and suffering damages
- Mental anguish
- Other emotional losses
If your family member lost their life in a Pittsburgh industrial workplace fall accident, you might also be eligible to pursue a wrongful death action on your behalf.
Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Laws
In some cases, workers’ compensation will be your only option for compensation after an industrial workplace injury. The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act ensures most workers have access to this type of coverage after a jobsite injury. However, it also limits your ability to hold your employer liable for your injuries. Assuming you suffered your injuries at work, you should be able to get workers’ compensation by:
- Notifying your employer of your fall and the resulting injuries; and
- Seeing an approved doctor for treatment and continuing care; and
- Filing a claim
If you meet these qualifications and your employer or the insurance company denies your claim, we can help you appeal the decision and fight for the benefits you and your family need.
While the Workers’ Compensation Act prevents you from filing a lawsuit and holding your employer liable for your injuries, we may be able to identify another party who might be legally responsible. Often, we can identify a third party who acted negligently and caused your workplace fall accident.
For example, imagine you were working on a ladder. A vendor delivering materials failed to see the ladder and backed into it, knocking it over. You fell and suffered serious injuries. Because your injury happened at work, you would qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, but you might also have a case for additional compensation from the driver and their employer.
Pursuing Legal Action After a Pittsburgh Industrial Workplace Fall Accident
We will review the facts of your case, getting a better understanding of exactly what happened and who caused it. If we can identify a third party who acted negligently and contributed to your accident, we might be able to help you take legal action to recover additional compensation. This usually includes filing an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. Often, we begin the process by sending a demand letter to the at-fault party’s liability insurance provider. The insurance company can respond to the demand letter in several ways:
- Offering a fair payout; or
- Extending a low-ball settlement agreement; or
- Refusing to negotiate with us.
In most cases, our demand letter leads to settlement negotiations. Often, we can reach a fair settlement agreement at this point in the process. If not, we will not hesitate to litigate your case. We will file an injury suit in a local civil court and present our case for compensation to the judge and jury.
Talk to an Industrial Workplace Fall Accident Lawyer in Pittsburgh, PA
The personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green will review your case for free and explain your options for trying to get the full compensation you deserve. If your fall left you with a permanent or long-term impairment, we may also be able to help you get benefits through Social Security disability programs including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Call our Pittsburgh office today at 412-661-1400 for your complimentary case evaluation with a member of our team.