Whiplash is perhaps one of the most misunderstood injuries. Those who haven't experienced it may be quick to dismiss your symptoms or accuse you of malingering. Yet whiplash is a very real - and sometimes very serious - injury.
For pedestrians and bicyclists, sharing the roads with cars can be a scary undertaking. A driver's attention may be averted from the road by talking on the phone, changing the radio station, looking at a text, talking to a passenger or any number of other distractions.
On April 15, a construction worker in Pennsylvania died as a result of critical injuries that he had sustained in a workplace accident two days before. The 36-year-old man was working on an expansion project at the King of Prussia Mall outside of Philadelphia when he was electrocuted.
Pennsylvania construction firms typically carry workers' compensation insurance to address on-the-job injuries such as those involving nail guns. Although these tools provide important benefits by allowing for greater construction productivity, their heavy use often results in accidents. Proper safety measures may minimize the risks, but it is also important to understand some of the most common situations that lead to nail gun injuries.
Those who work on roadway construction sites face dangers from moving passenger vehicles, but many accidents are caused by construction vehicles and equipment. Pennsylvania is one of the states with the most worker deaths in these types of situations, and creating and enforcing procedures for construction sites could help prevent the common causes of fatalities and injuries.
A construction accident can result in serious health and financial implications for a Pennsylvania worker, especially if the incident results in a lengthy recovery time without the ability to work. While workers' compensation is an important benefit for addressing issues such as medical treatment and lost wages, there may be other sources of compensation for you to consider based on the facts of a case. In an incident that results in a permanent disability, for example, Social Security Disability Insurance might be available. If negligent activities of a third party contributed to a construction accident, it might be appropriate to file a personal injury claim as well.
Accidents at construction sites in Pennsylvania often give rise to legal action, such as a personal injury lawsuit. An objective of such a lawsuit is to determine who might be liable for the workplace accident. Depending on the accident, there may potentially be several parties who in the final analysis bear responsibility, including the construction site owner, contractors, sub-contractors, general contractors, equipment manufacturers, architects, engineers and insurers.
Several workers involved in a roofing repair project were injured when the scaffolding used in the setting apparently collapsed, causing the individuals to fall approximately 20 feet. The incident occurred on the morning of June 16 in East Deer Township. The vice president of the company who owned the warehouse being repaired indicated that the collapse took place at 9:30 a.m. Those injured were employees of a roofing company from Vandergrift.
A settlement was reached on May 28 awards $16.3 million to a construction worker who was maimed by a 3,000-pound base stone that fell at a renovation site in Philadelphia. The man was to receive the settlement from four defendants, those being the site's contractor, the company overseeing the demolition, an engineering firm and his employer's parent company.