Construction sites, factories and other workplace environments contain many potential hazards for workers. If you are injured due to an unsafe or hazardous condition, you may have a right to recover damages in addition to workers' compensation.
The lawyers at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., represent injured workers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. If you were injured on the job, please call 800-724-2323 for a free consultation. Our attorneys will take the time to listen to you, answer your questions and explain your legal options. We have offices in Philadelphia, Allentown, Reading and Lancaster in Pennsylvania and Cherry Hill in New Jersey.
You have a right to benefits from workers' compensation whenever you suffer an on-the-job injury, regardless of who was at fault. If you were injured as a result of a safety violation or other type of negligence, you may have the right to seek additional compensation through our civil justice system. Our lawyers handle claims against contractors, subcontractors, property owners and others who may be responsible for your injury.
Our law firm served as co-lead counsel in one of biggest construction accident settlements in U.S. history. Five workers were killed, and more than 30 were catastrophically injured when five stories of the Tropicana Casino and Resort's garage, which was under construction, collapsed on October 30, 2003. The recovery totaled $101 million.
The following are examples of some of the most common types of workplace and construction accident cases.
Falls From Scaffolds And Buildings
Falls from scaffolds, ladders and elevated structures usually happen because of faulty equipment or lack of fall protection such as railings and tethers. In some cases, misplaced objects create tripping hazards. Our lawyers will carefully review the Occupational Safety and Health Administration report of the accident and determine if a contractor, subcontractor or other party was responsible for your fall injury. If so, we will hold the negligent party accountable. We also handle injuries caused by falling objects.
An example of our success:
$5.4 million settlement for a client who was partially paralyzed after a scaffold accident due to numerous code violations at the construction site where he was working. Fortunately, he made an inspiring recovery and regained his ambulatory abilities with the assistance of our personal network of rehabilitation doctors and therapists.
Building Or Structural Collapse
When a building or structure collapses, it may be due to a combination of natural events and human oversight. Natural events such as a fire or earthquake could cause a building to collapse. However, there are structural precautions that should be taken to protect workers as much as possible. If a building was constructed poorly or with unequal weight distribution, a subsequent collapse could trap workers inside and cause serious injuries or death.
Safety codes are in place to ensure a building is safe for workers. If the structure of a building does not adhere to safety codes, the property owner or contractor should be held liable for any resulting injuries.
Construction site injuries, industrial accidents, explosions and chemical exposure may occur when contractors, subcontractors or employers do not operate under proper safety codes and standards set specifically by OSHA. Property owners are required to be aware of applicable safety codes and ensure compliance with those standards. When they fail to do so, they are responsible for the repercussions, and our attorneys will hold them accountable.
Electrical accidents occur every day in the workplace, and injuries are not limited to those in utility and construction occupations. For those who work outdoors, unsafe power lines can shock and burn workers, leaving lasting injuries and physical scars. When electrical voltage flows through tissues and bone, it leaves both an entry and exit wound on the body. Even if someone is shocked on their hand, he or she may have a serious electrical burn on the leg where the voltage leaves the body.
A poorly wired office could give someone a serious shock. Overheating machinery due to electrical malfunctions can also burn or injure workers.
Electrical accidents usually can be avoided by correcting hazardous environments or fixing unsafe equipment. Failing to properly maintain electrical equipment is a negligent act. Electrical contractors and property owners can be held liable for putting workers in danger.
Defective products or inadequate training and subsequent misuse of equipment may cause workplace machinery to malfunction. Depending on the type of equipment you are using, serious injuries such as shock or severed limbs. Our attorneys will review the circumstances of your injury and do everything we can to hold the negligent parties accountable. Our lawyers handle cases involving cranes, forklifts and other equipment.
$2 million settlement in a product liability matter for a client who had to have his arm surgically reattached after an injury at work because of a major manufacturer's defective product. We retained some of the nation's most accredited engineers to diagnose the defect and testify on behalf of our client.
Contact Our Philadelphia Attorneys For Construction Accidents
For a free consultation with one of our attorneys following a workplace accident, please call 800-724-2323, or contact us online.