If you were injured in an industrial accident at a plant or facility, you likely are facing a very uncertain future. Industrial accidents often lead to some of the most severe personal injuries. Due to the catastrophic nature of these accidents, injured workers typically are left wondering how they will pay medical bills or support their families. We know victims often simply wonder how they can regain some semblance of a “normal” life.
The impact can be devastating for families, who may have relied on the injured worker. If the accident was fatal, the families may wonder whether hiring a wrongful death attorney is necessary. With so much at stake, it is critical that you have an experienced Western PA workers’ compensation lawyer on your side who understands these accidents and has a proven track record of success.
At Marcus & Mack, our aggressive Indiana, PA industrial accident attorneys have nearly 100 years of combined experience working on accidents involving people injured in factories, mines and work sites in Johnstown, Altoona, Indiana, State College, and other hard-working communities throughout Western and Central Pennsylvania.
We’re proud of our testimonial reviews from satisfied clients. That’s because we worked hard to earn the praise of people you know and work with every single day. What drives us to work hard on such tough cases? It’s not about the money. It’s about justice. We want to help you hold corporations responsible for their actions. It’s about making sure injury victims and their families can continue to live their lives without fear of financial ruin. It’s about sending a warning to other companies not to engage in similar dangerous behavior.
It’s about doing the right thing. Call us today at (814) 277-5664 to discuss your rights.
Common Types of Industrial Accidents in Indiana, PA
The diverse economy of Pennsylvania continues to evolve, one city at a time. Once a major source of coal, then steel, Pennsylvania still manufactures a diverse array of products in factories in Johnstown, mines in Kittanning, and other communities throughout the state.
We can help you with the following case types following an industrial accident:
- Third party liability
- Oil/gas well drilling accidents
- Coal mining accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Electrocution accidents
In addition, we also have experience handling industrial accidents involving:
- Explosions and fires
- Heavy equipment injuries
- Industrial machinery accidents
- Crane and scaffolding accidents
- Falling object accidents
A Closer Look at the Complex Nature of Industrial Accidents in Pennsylvania
An industrial accident may involve an explosion or fire or dangerous chemical exposure. Workers in warehouses, machine shops, manufacturing plants, and other facilities may be crushed by heavy equipment. Industrial accidents often result in some of the most serious injuries. As a result, injury victims are often unable to move normally or work for weeks or months or perhaps ever again.
Additionally, industrial accidents often involve large, sometimes multi-national corporations. These companies typically have teams of lawyers working for them in-house. Injured workers and families who have lost loved ones may feel powerless when trying to confront them with an accident claim.
You can fight back. State and federal regulators typically investigate industrial accidents and their reports can be used to support your claim. We can help you obtain copies of reports and line up witnesses. At Marcus & Mack, we leave no stone unturned when handling an industrial accident case.
What is Third Party Liability?
This legal term applies to injuries at work caused by someone working for another company. This kind of circumstance might sound unusual, but it happens more often than you might expect at factories, drill rigs, and construction sites. That’s because there’s often more than one company working at the same place at the same time.
Your workers’ compensation insurance and benefits are generally limited to paying for medical bills and your lost income if you can’t return to work. If someone or a company other than your employer was at fault, you can file a third-party personal injury lawsuit, which means you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other possible damages behind your workers’ comp claim.
These cases can be extremely complicated. Often, the third party will deny any wrongdoing or the insurance company will argue you were mostly at fault. You may even get an unreasonably low settlement offer. We can help you cut through the confusion.
Oil/Gas Well Drilling Accidents
Oil and gas drilling in Pennsylvania has been booming in recent years, especially due to drilling in the Marcellus Shale gas formation throughout much of Western Pennsylvania. But all this drilling has also resulted in many more accidents related to fracking.
Another consequence of fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is an increase in truck accidents. Many large trucks are needed to transport water to fracking drilling sites. All that increased traffic has resulted in more fracking truck trucks (for more information, visit our page regarding Marcellus Shale truck accidents).
Whatever the cause of your oil or gas well drilling accident, one of our experienced Pennsylvania gas well drilling accident lawyers can work with you and help your family get the compensation you deserve. We don’t work for your employer or insurance companies. We work solely for you. We always put your best interests first!
Are Coal Mining Accidents Common?
Western Pennsylvania continues to produce coal commercially in mines located throughout the region. Coal mining safety has improved dramatically in recent decades, but mining accidents still occur. When they do, injury victims and their families need to make sure they take legal action to protect their rights.
Even if your company has an attorney who claims to speak on your behalf, don’t be so sure your rights are fully protected. That’s why it’s critical that you hire us. We don’t work for coal companies or inspectors. We work solely for you and your family.
Whether you’re dealing with an injury you sustained in an accident or you’ve been diagnosed with long-term health problems (chronic pain, black lung, and more) caused by working in a coal mine, our aggressive Pennsylvania coal mining injury attorneys can help you get the money you deserve.
Construction Site Accidents
Construction sites can be dangerous places, which is why construction work is consistently cited as one of the most dangerous jobs. Many of these accidents occur due to third-party negligence, which means victims can pursue a claim against an individual or company other than their employer. Construction accidents cover a wide range.
Some of the most common construction accidents our attorneys deal with include:
- Falls from a height – Construction workers often fall from high places while working, including from scaffolding and rooftops.
- Forklift accidents – Inexperienced forklift operators or careless mistakes made by other construction workers can easily result in a forklift accident
- Crane accidents – Like forklift accidents, crane accidents often involve inexperienced or reckless crane operators.
- Struck by object – Heavy construction equipment often causes serious injuries or fatalities when such equipment strikes construction workers.
- Crush accidents – Injuries are sustained when someone gets caught between heavy equipment and a fixed object (walls, buildings, etc.) or another piece of heavy equipment. Distracted or inexperienced equipment operators are often to blame.
Workers at factories, construction sites, and other industrial work sites face a risk of electrocution injuries caused by high-powered equipment like drills, saws or unsafe working conditions. If workers come into contact with power lines or other electrical equipment, they could sustain fatal injuries or debilitating catastrophic injuries.
Electrocution is one of the leading causes of work deaths on construction sites. About 9 percent of fatalities at construction sites were linked to electrocutions in 2013, according to OSHA.
Don’t simply rely on your employer to compensate you if you or a loved one is electrocuted at work. Make sure you have a personal injury lawyer working just for you helping you deal with the aftermath of your accident.
How Our Western, PA Industrial Accident Lawyers Can Help
Our knowledgeable Indiana, PA industrial accident attorneys know how to investigate the most complicated personal injury cases. We’re not intimidated by large corporations that may put their profits before the interests of the injured.
You may receive a settlement offer after a serious industrial accident. It is important to remember that if you accept a financial settlement from an employer or insurance provider, you might forfeit your ability to obtain more compensation in the future. Doing so could be costly because industrial accidents often have sizable, long-term financial implications.
At Marcus & Mack, we think long term. We don’t just focus on emergency medical treatment immediately after an accident. We take into consideration the loss of future income, pain and suffering and other important matters when negotiating on your behalf.
Put your trust in us and schedule a free consultation. Best of all, you pay no fees unless you obtain financial compensation for your case. It’s that simple. Call (814) 277-5664 now. We have offices in Indiana, Altoona, State College, and Johnstown. We can also come to you if you’re not able to physically visit us because your best interests come first.