Allentown employs thousands of workers, many in the service and manufacturing sectors. Allentown’s Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network alone employ close to 8,000 workers. As with all worksites and construction sites, employers and managers are bound by law to adhere to safety regulations and codes. Unfortunately, when they do not, workers can be tragically injured, debilitated, or even killed. While workers do have the right to pursue workers’ compensation benefits, these benefits alone may not provide enough for the bills, lost wages, recovery, and rehabilitation.
At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., our team is standing by to help when you need an Allentown workplace and industrial accident attorney. We have the resources necessary to help clients recover the compensation they need to get through this difficult process.
Workplace injuries in Allentown can lead to major setbacks
When we look at data available from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), we can see there were approximately 2.8 million non-fatal workplace injuries or illnesses reported during the latest year across the country.
So, what does this have to do with Allentown?
Allentown, along with all of the surrounding areas, is a microcosm of the wider economy. Workplace injuries can occur anywhere and in any type of employment situation. Yes, industries like construction or warehousing are inherently more dangerous for employees, but the reality is that even office workers with seemingly risk-free jobs can still sustain significant injuries if the workplace is not safe or if someone makes a mistake.
At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we have a track record of success helping clients who have sustained a range of workplace injuries, including the following:
- Severe sprains and strains
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
Our team also recognizes that there are some injuries that do not appear for quite some time after a person begins employment, particularly repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. We also know that there are many occupational illnesses that may not affect an employee until years after they have been exposed in the workplace, including cardiovascular diseases, occupational cancers, respiratory diseases, and more.
Workers’ compensation or third-party lawsuit?
In general, workplace injuries will be covered by workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania. This is a “no-fault” system, which means that an injured worker will receive compensation regardless of how the injury occurred on the job. Workers’ compensation coverage will generally pay for all medical bills related to a workplace injury as well as a significant portion of any lost wages. Additionally, disability benefits are available on a temporary or even permanent basis depending on the severity of the injury.
In some situations, an injured worker may be able to file a third-party lawsuit to recover additional types of compensation, including pain and suffering damages. However, third-party lawsuits will typically only be allowed if a party other than the employer caused the injury. For example, if a workplace injury occurs due to a defective product or due to the mistake of a third-party contractor at the job site, then a personal injury lawsuit may be possible.
Call our Allentown workplace accident lawyer today
If you or somebody you care about has been injured on the job anywhere in or around Allentown, reach out to the team at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. for help as soon as possible. We have extensive resources that we can use to investigate every aspect of your workplace injury claim, and we want to make sure that you receive coverage for your medical bills, lost income, and more. When you need an Allentown workplace accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 866-597-8572.