According to statistics from the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Office of Adjudication, there were 9,393 Workers’ Compensation petitions filed in Pennsylvania in 2009. Of those claims, 81 involved on-the-job fatalities. While the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation system places limitations on the ability of employees to hold their employers accountable for work related injuries, legal remedies do exist outside of Workers’ Compensation for injured workers.
Injuries in the work place are often caused by defective, unsafe or poorly designed equipment and machinery. Indeed, catastrophic injuries, deaths and amputations occur too commonly from equipment and machinery that is not properly or adequately safeguarded. If a piece of machinery or equipment contributes to an on-the-job injury, a product liability suit may be brought against the manufacturer of the machine or equipment. This is called a third-party lawsuit.
For more than 65 years, Galfand Berger LLP has dedicated itself to helping thousands of injured workers by handling product liability cases that arise from work place accidents. Other attorneys have rejected many cases that we have successfully handled. One such case that Galfand Berger LLP handled involved a scrap worker who was severely burned while cutting apart a large fuel tank. The fuel tank was supposed to have been drained by the company that had provided it to our client’s employer. However, while it had been drained, it was not properly flushed. This resulted in the tank igniting when it was cut with a blowtorch.
A multi-million dollar settlement was obtained in the third-party case even though two other law firms had turned down this matter. One of the firms that rejected the case did so because it could not identify the manufacturer of the fuel tank. We were able to overcome this obstacle and move forward with the case.
If you have any questions regarding an on-the-job injury or death, or whether there is a potential third-party claim, do not hesitate to contact Richard M. Jurewicz, Esquire at 215-665-1600 or via email at [email protected].