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http://www.fpcwlaw.com/ Peter Friday, a Pittsburgh personal injury attorney, discusses his approach to handling accident injury cases. Call 412-561-4290 today.

The PA law firm to turn to when injured on a construction site

Construction workers are at a higher risk than any other worker when it comes to jobsite injuries. The nature of a construction job provides increased exposure to hazardous conditions. Various tools, equipment and chemicals can be injurious to a worker's health and safety. Pennsylvania workers suffer many different kinds of accidents in the workplace each year. The attorneys at Friday & Cox, L.L.C., have many years of service advocating for construction workers' rights to a safe working environment and have never met a victim whom they were unable to help in some way.

With more than 75 years of expertise in handling claims related to construction workers' accidents, this firm has aggressively defended workers injured by defective machinery, injuries caused by forklift accidents, chemical exposure or many other work-related injuries that might be suffered during the course of a workday on a construction site.

What rights do miners have in fighting discrimination?

Miners perform some of the most dangerous work in the world, let alone in Pennsylvania, and they are often at a higher risk for workplace injuries and deaths than most other workers. To address the special issues that confront miners when it comes to workplace accidents and their rights, both federal and state authorities have enacted various laws and regulations that are intended to guide employers and miners in ensuring that their working environments are safe.

So what does the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 specify? The Act states clearly that mine owners, operators and managers are prohibited from discriminating against any miner or group of miners or their representatives who might raise concerns or questions about unsafe working conditions. In fact, the Act grants miners and their representatives the right to report violations of the Act to authorities.

Defective Airbag Actions Might be Headed to Pittsburgh for Decision

When defective products are sold nationwide and injury results from the use of the product it is only natural that a number of lawsuits are filed in various courts throughout the nation.  The parties of the action may want to consolidate all the actions with common issues of fact to streamline the legal process and preserve resources for potential recovery by the victims.  Multidistrict litigation (MDL) is a term used to describe the consolidation of serveral federal actions filed in separate federal districts into one district for litigation and decision.

The state of workplace fatalities in Pennsylvania

Accidents in the workplace may not just result in injuries; they may result in worker fatalities, as well. Keeping the workplace safe is one of the primary duties of an employer. The U.S. Bureau of Labor often conducts studies in order to discover the extent of the problems relating to workplace injuries in each state.

Overall, workplace injuries and fatalities nationally have slightly decreased over the past year. The state of Pennsylvania recorded 178 deaths due to workplace injuries. One of the leading causes of workplace fatalities was found to be transportation accidents, which have consistently been a problem area in Pennsylvania workplaces for years. Accidents relating to the use of tools, equipment or other heavy work-related objects also caused numerous workplace injuries resulting in death, according to a preliminary study. Pennsylvania saw an increase in both these categories in the last year.

Workers die at DuPont plant trying to help colleagues

Workers' compensation is a type of insurance given to employees when an employee suffers an injury during the course of authorized work. Pennsylvania law dictates that any employee who suffers an injury due to his work or negligence of the employer is entitled to worker's compensation.

Recently, two employees of DuPoint lost their lives trying to save a female co-worker. While trying to save the colleague, the heroes came into contact with toxic methyl mercaptan fumes. Not being equipped with masks, both employees succumbed to the toxic fumes. One of their colleagues had rushed in later to their help, but sadly help did not arrive on time. The DuPont plant has received various citations for cases of workplace injuries in the recent past, in Pennsylvania and other states. Dealing with toxic material is intrinsically hazardous.

Pa Supreme Court Says Governmental Damages Caps are Constitutional

As a follow up to my previous post on governmental statutory damages caps, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that such caps on awards against governmental entities are constitutional.  This tragic case involved a 14 year old student who lost her leg from an injury caused by the negligence of a school bus driver.  The student was standing on a side walk with other students when the school bus driver accidently pressed the gas pedal instead of the break.  The bus jumped the curb striking the student, crushing her leg and pelvis.  At trial she was awarded $14 million dollars by the jury for her injuries but the verdict was molded (or reduced) to $500,000 which is the statutory cap placed on damages against governmental entities in Pennsylvania.  

How to prevent workplace accidents in Pennsylvania

Many industries throughout Pennsylvania use a lot of industrial power tools for production. Forklifts are one of the most common tools used across Pennsylvania and the entire United States. Power tools can cause severe injuries. Many initiatives have been taken by the government to spread awareness about forklift injuries.

The Department of Labor, in association with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), have called for various initiatives to be taken by the employers to prevent such forklift injuries and other injuries caused by industrial power tools. Such initiatives aim to decrease injuries and fatalities that occur every year due to forklifts and other industrial power tool accidents. OSHA, along with the Department of Labor, have observed that approximately 100 industrial deaths occur every year due to forklift injuries and approximately 34,000 workers are injured annually.

Campaign to prevent PA construction worker accidents underway

The Pennsylvania construction workplace environment may be most vulnerable to work-related injuries. Many workers are injured on construction sites, and all workers have a legal right to claim injury benefits and compensation from their employer. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has initiated an awareness campaign to help employers gain knowledge on how to make construction sites safer for employees.

Such initiatives become very important when considering the huge number of severe injuries and disabilities that occur due to construction accidents every year in Pennsylvania. OSHA advocates that employers use a three-pronged plan to improve and ensure construction job safety.

Hittin' the Road with Friday & Cox--A Visit with Mental Health Professionals in DuBois, PA

In representing our clients, we travel around Western Pennsylvania from Pittsburgh to Erie to Smethport to Bellefonte to Bedford and beyond on a daily basis.  While driving around, I (Paul G. Mayer, Jr.) try to take a minute every once and awhile to appreciate the beautiful scenery and interesting people of our Commonwealth.  In "Hittin' the Road with Friday & Cox", I'll give you the highlights.  Hope you enjoy it.

The Difference between Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are two federally created programs that help provide individuals with the income they need to support themselves and their families. Sadly, a large percentage of the people that apply for benefits through these two programs are often denied benefits.  Currently in Pennsylvania approximately 60% of initial claims for SSD or SSI are denied.  It also takes quite a bit of time for the claims to be processed.  In Pennsylvania the average case processing time (the time from the date a hearing is first reuqested to the date of the final decision) is approximatley 438 days!  There are certain exceptions to the case processing time, certain dire needs situations and persons with certain disabilities will be automatically awarded benefits pending a formal decision from the Social Security Administration (SSA).

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