Rick Jurewicz, Senior Partner at Galfand Berger, represented Chip Leasure’s family after Mr. Leasure was killed in a workplace accident in 2016. Chip was employed as an electrical foreman in Pennsylvania when he was fatally electrocuted while installing electrical switchboard equipment. Rick secured a confidential pretrial settlement, that will provide security to Mrs. Leasure and her two children.
Before he passed away, Chip took part in numerous marathons and mud runs across the country. To honor his memory, his family held a 5K walking, running, and mud race on Saturday, May 21st. Our firm was proud to participate as a sponsor for this event, which memorializes Mr. Leasure and the lasting impact he made on the world around him and the people that he loved.
Preventable workplace accidents claim thousands of lives every year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 4,764 fatal work injuries in the United States in 2020. Millions of other individuals sustain work-related injuries and illnesses, which can cause complications ranging from short-term pain and discomfort to permanent, life-changing disability. Mr. Leasure never should have lost his life. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which oversees workplace health and safety, investigated the incident and proposed a penalty for two serious safety violations. No matter how many penalties OSHA enacted against the employer and our firm’s subsequent lawsuit, Chip was taken from his two daughters and wife far too soon.
Chip’s Champions host a 5K to honor Chip’s memory each year. If you would like to learn more about this Chip, his family, and this year’s event, please visit this link.
If you have a question about filing a legal claim, contact the Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Galfand Berger LLP today. Call us at 800-222-USWA (8792) or fill out our online form for a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Lancaster, and Reading, we serve clients throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including Allentown and Harrisburg.