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Chem safety board reports on 2010 Pennsylvania factory explosion

Many Pennsylvania workers have fallen victim to workplace accidents. State law dictates that any injured employee who sustains an injury in the course of employment must be compensated by workers' compensation insurance held by the employer. Many workers often consult legal professionals familiar with workers' compensation laws in order to obtain full compensation for their injuries.

A new technical analysis was recently conducted to thoroughly investigate a 2010 factory explosion in Pennsylvania. The preliminary analysis revealed that the explosion most likely occurred when the factory's process of decompressing zinc caused an overheating of the material, which then exploded due to the mineral's chemical properties. The factory explosion claimed the lives of two workers and injured one.

Helping victims of workplace accidents in Pennsylvania

Workplace accidents injure numerous workers every year in Pennsylvania, and often prove to be fatal. In some cases, the workers may have to spend years under medical care and rehabilitation. The attorneys at Friday & Cox LLC have diligently and aggressively defended the rights of employees for decades in Pennsylvania.

Getting injured in the workplace often leads to severe temporary or permanent disabilities. Some industries are more prone to workplace accidents than others. Construction sites and industries can often prove to be very dangerous for the workers if proper safety measures are not put into force by the employers.

Pennsylvania nuke plant worker still without workers' compensation

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor has sponsored various and frequent awareness programs encouraging employers to maintain safe workplace environments to ensure the safety of every employee. If a workplace accident occurs, the employers must pay workers' compensation to the injured worker in lieu of earned wages.

Recently, a Pennsylvania man initiated a workers' compensation case against a nuclear power plant owned by Exelon Corp., where he worked as a security guard. He claimed that after a co-worker relieved him, he sat down to eat in a company break room when a refrigerator fell on his head, causing injury and rendering him unconscious. He has stated his injuries are serious and that he was unconscious for an indefinite period of time. He also alleged that corporate management delayed taking him to the hospital for nearly three-and-a-half hours.

Pennsylvania workplace accidents: potential imminent danger

Injuries suffered while on the job may disable a lot of Pennsylvania workers. The U.S. Department of Labor has conducted various awareness drives to make employers aware of the hazards of dangerous workplace environments.

Pennsylvania laws and regulations allow employees who were injured on the job to pursue workers' compensation benefits. Many injured workers may be rendered partially or completely disabled by their injuries, which may be temporary or even permanent. Many victims of workplace accidents as well as their dependants and families often find it beneficial to contact professional legal help in order to seek compensation.

Does Fibromyalgia qualify you for Social Security Disability benefits?

Fibromyalgia is a condition that results in chronic, widespread pain/tenderness in joints, muscles, tendons or other soft tissues.  Fibromyalgia manifests itself in a number of ways but the most common symptom is chronic widespread pain.  Fibromyalgia's symptoms vary widely from person to person.  There is currently no definitive diagnostic test for Fibroyalgia.  The American College of Rheumatology established cirteria to diagnose Fibromylgia, which consists of a patient having widespread pain that lasts for at least three months, and that the pain occurs in 11 out of the 18 tender points in the body.  

Who must carry workers' compensation insurance in Pennsylvania?

The purpose of workers' compensation insurance is to provide financial assistance to workers who suffer an injury or illness due to work-related activities. This is the standard in Pennsylvania and all states throughout the country. According to Pennsylvania law, workers' compensation is mandatory for every employer who employs even as few as one employee who could suffer injuries either at the workplace, anywhere within the state, or in some cases, outside the state while working.

Employers may buy workers' compensation liability insurance from multiple places. First, employers may buy workers' compensation insurance from the Pennsylvania State Workers' Insurance fund. They may also buy it from an insurance company licensed in Pennsylvania. Finally, after obtaining an approval from Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry they could opt for self-insurance, either individually or as a group.

How long will my case take?

"How long will my case take?" is a question every attorney hears from his or her client.  The answer to how long it will take is never a definite one.  From the point a case is filed with the court to the point of completion, hopefully in a settlement or verdict favorable to the client, depends on the facts of the case.  Each case is unique therefore it is often hard to put an estimate on a timetable for such things.  There are specific time periods on which a person can file a legal action, known as statutes of limitations.  The time it takes a filed case to work its way through the legal system, however, does not fit as neatly into a specific time frame.

Industrial accidents can lead to workers' compensation claims

With the current use of fracking techniques to recover oil and gas in deep and previously untouchable underground formations, more and more jobs are being created in the petroleum industry. The recent discovery of a substantial shale gas deposit in Pennsylvania has only increased the number of good-paying jobs to Pennsylvanians in the oil and natural gas sector. Despite the often lucrative pay, however, some of these workplaces are more dangerous that those in many other industries. Industrial accidents are not uncommon on sites used to explore, drill and recover oil and gas, and workers can suffer serious and even life-threatening injuries.

The nature of the work itself is often hazardous, especially with round-the-clock use of drilling machinery, industrial solvents and combustible materials. Potential workplace injuries include crush injuries, cuts and bruises, serious burns and inhalation damage. Such injuries can have long-term effects on workers' quality of life as well as their ability to earn enough to support their families.

PA Jury Awards Millions for Drug Company's Failure to Warn

A Philadelphia jury has awarded a $2.5 million dollar verdict to a plaintiff who suffered gynecomastia after taking the drug Risperdal.  Currently there are numerous pending cases involving harmful side effects allegedly caused by Risperdal.  Dangerous drug cases often involve a failure to adequately warn users of harmful side effects.  A drug manufacturer is required to warn its users of potential risks involved in taking the drug.  A failure to warn when a dangerous side effect is known is a basis of many mass tort cases involving pharmaceuticals--including the Risperdal cases.

Accident in southern Pennsylvania coal mine kills worker

Mining is one of the most dangerous jobs that any worker can have, even after consideration that the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration and Pennsylvania Bureau of Mine Safety have taken a number of measures in order to ensure that workers in mines are protected under as many circumstances as possible. Still, every now and then, news media reports that a mine worker has sustained injuries or has been killed while working in a coal mine somewhere in the country, including Pennsylvania.

According to news reports, a 43-year-old worker was recently killed while performing his duties at an underground coal mine near Somerset in southwestern Pennsylvania. The county coroner's report stated that the victim died because of a injuries caused by blunt force to his chest. Apparently, the fatal mining accident occurred after the victim was trapped between a mine wall and a machine that continuously digs coal.

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