Steel mills continue to do big business here in the Steel City. While these mills are much safer than they were decades ago, it is still an extremely high-risk industry for workers. If you suffered injuries in a Pittsburgh steel mill accident, you may be eligible for compensation for your medical care, lost wages, and more.
Depending on what happened and how your injuries occurred, you may only be eligible to file for workers’ compensation. However, a steel mill accident lawyer in Pittsburgh, PA from Berger and Green can help you explore all possible options during your complimentary case review. We might be able to appeal a workers’ compensation denial, identify a liable third party, or even get you on disability.
Call us today at 412-661-1400 for your free initial consultation.
The Value of a Pittsburgh Steel Mill Accident Injury Case
The damages available to you after a steel mill accident in Pittsburgh depend on so many different factors that it is impossible to give you even a ballpark estimate of the value of your claim before we meet with you. We can, however, help you understand the damages to which you may be entitled based on the type of claim you are eligible to file.
Workers’ Compensation Claim
Workers’ compensation generally provides:
- Medical care and treatment of your injuries
- About two-thirds of your lost wages up to a set limit
- Temporary total disability or permanent partial disability
- Funeral and burial expenses to survivors if the worker dies from their injuries
A Third-Party Insurance Claim or Lawsuit
Depending on exactly what caused your steel mill accident, we may be able to identify a liable third party that is not your employer. This may allow us to file an insurance claim or civil lawsuit to try to collect additional compensation on your behalf. If we can win a settlement or verdict for you, this payout may include:
- Medical care costs
- Ongoing care costs
- Additional lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Property damages
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Mental anguish
- Other emotional losses
Fighting for the Pittsburgh Workers’ Compensation You Deserve
For many steelworkers hurt on the job, workers’ compensation is the only option for compensation. The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act outlines the rules for getting this type of insurance payout. If you suffered injuries while at work, you should be able to get workers’ compensation benefits by:
- Notifying your employer of your accident and injury; and
- Seeing an approved doctor for medical care as soon as possible; and
- Filing a claim with the workers’ compensation provider.
Sometimes, even if you meet these qualifications, your employer will not sign off that your accident happened at work or there will be another issue that causes the insurer to deny your claim. If you find yourself in this situation, give us a call. We will help you file your appeal and fight for full workers’ compensation benefits.
Our team regularly handles Pittsburgh steel mill accident cases and can help you appeal a workers’ compensation denial if you suffered any kind of on-the-job injury. This may include:
- Chemical burns or other injuries
- Broken bones and crush injuries
- Back and spinal injuries
- Head and brain injuries
- Injuries caused by defective equipment
- Injuries caused by falling debris
Taking Action Against Other Liable Parties in a Pittsburgh Steel Mill Accident
Steel mills are major operations that work in conjunction with dozens of other companies, and with equipment made by hundreds of others. There are innumerable ways you could suffer injuries while working in a steel mill — or visiting one as a part of your job as a delivery driver, vendor, or in another capacity.
The Workers’ Compensation Act prevents us from filing a lawsuit and holding your employer liable, even if their negligence caused your accident and injuries. However, our team can review the facts of your case and identify any other parties who may be legally liable for your accident. If we do, we will:
- Collect evidence to try to prove negligence and liability; and
- File an insurance claim or lawsuit against the third party; and
- Try to hold it accountable for the harm you suffered by winning a settlement or verdict on your behalf
For example, imagine you were working on a piece of equipment when it malfunctioned, and you suffered serious injuries to your hand and arm. You would qualify for workers’ compensation, but we may also be able to pursue a case against the manufacturer of the faulty equipment as well.
Talk to a Steel Mill Accident Lawyer in Pittsburgh, PA
The personal injury attorneys from Berger and Green can help you understand your legal options after a workplace injury. If your accident left you suffering from a permanent or long-term impairment, our team can also review your qualifications and may be able to help you get benefits through Social Security disability. This may include Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Call our Pittsburgh office today at 412-661-1400 for your free case review.