Montgomery County Workers Compensation Accidents 

Boiler Room Accidents

Boiler rooms are found in almost every commercial building in and around Montgomery County, Pennsylvania which includes the Norristown, King of Prussia, Plymouth Meeting and Conshohocken areas. They are very essential areas of a building that can also inflict very serious injuries if an accident occurs. If you have suffered an injury while working in a boiler room in Montgomery County you should speak with a Norristown Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Lawyer today.

Many boiler room accidents are caused by the boiler itself. Boiler room accidents primarily involve explosions due to the boiler being unable to contain the pressure inside the boiler. Also, fuel related explosions can occur if the fuel valves leak or if combustible gases are not purged from the firebox prior to attempting ignition. Boiler room explosions can also occur if there is an inadequate amount of water in the boiler. Lastly, improper maintenance of the boiler can result in an explosion causing injury or death.

Boiler room accidents not involving explosions can also occur due to human error and negligence. These accidents can involve slipping and falling, not being properly trained to use equipment and negligence.

Electrical Accidents

Electricity is often taken for granted as we are very accustomed to turning on a light switch and have lights go on, having household appliances function and having work machinery operate. We should bear in mind that electricity is an extremely powerful and sometimes very violent energy source that should be managed with great caution and only by an experienced electrician. This is true in both the home as well as the workplace. With that, electricity is a very common source of workplace and job site injuries.

Situations Resulting In Electrocution Or Electrical Burns

Work related accidents or injuries can commonly occur in a manual labor intensive setting where you work around or with electric wiring. Electric shock, or electrocution can occur as a result of working on power lines from a poorly insulated bucket truck. During digging or excavation if a jackhammer, backhoe or shovel severs an underground cable, electrocution can occur. An exposed cable thought to not be live can also cause electrical burns if it is live and was erroneously labeled. Wiring at a residential or commercial construction site can easily be the culprit in electrical burn injuries.

Injuries Caused By Electrical Injuries

Burn Injuries Loss Of Use

Scarring Injuries Amputation

Disfigurement Work Related Fatality

Equipment Accidents

Heavy equipment such as cranes, dump trucks and bulldozers are commonly used on job sites and construction sites. These necessary pieces of equipment can inflict severe injuries to the worker if they are defective, not properly maintained or the worker is not thoroughly trained. If you, or a loved one, have suffered a heavy equipment caused injury you should immediately contact a workers compensation lawyer to discuss your case.

Crushing injuries, broken bones, head, neck and back injuries are common in heavy equipment accidents. These accidents and their injuries can be caused by faulty equipment, operator negligence and carelessness. You do not have to face your injuries and their resulting complications alone. You may be entitled to benefits and compensation and should consult with a Montgomery County Pennsylvania Workmans' Compensation Lawyer.

Explosion Accidents

In the greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area there are numerous manufacturing plants, industrial plants and construction companies where one can work. These employment settings can also be the scene of tragic work related accidents or work related injuries. A very serious type of work related injury is an explosion injury or explosion related accident. More often than not negligence is the cause of an explosion in the workplace. This negligence can be in the form of low management standards, poorly maintained equipment, improper training or defective equipment.

Workplace explosions can be caused by a variety of factors and practices such as:

OSHA Violations

HazMat Violations

Defective Wiring

Faulty Wiring

Gas Leaks

Defective Products

Flammable Dust in Air Or Atmosphere

Accidental Mixing Of Explosive Chemicals

Falling Object Accidents

One of the most common causes of work related accidents, injuries and deaths is someone being struck by an object. Falling trees, operating machinery and building materials, such as beams & concrete blocks, are some common objects that can strike and injure a Pennsylvania worker.

The following occupations have a high probability for its workers being struck by a falling object:

Farmers/Agricultural Jobs

Landscapers

Contractors

Laborers

Truckers

Mechanics 

Forklift Accidents

The Philadelphia metropolitan area is home to many businesses, corporations, industrial plants, manufacturing plants, warehouses, grocery stores, home renovation stores, construction sites as well as the Philadelphia International Airport. A forklift is a very common piece of business machinery that can be found in each of these settings. As practical as a forklift is it can also be a very dangerous piece of equipment that can cause bodily injury and even death if not properly operated and maintained.

Forklift accidents can be caused by many factors, situations and circumstances such as:

Improper Maintenance

Operator Negligence

Bystander Negligence

Poor Operator Safety Training

Defective Products

Defective Parts

Forklift Accident Liability

The type of forklift accident you were involved in will help determine who or what party is liable. If the forklift overturned due to driver speeding it could be the fault of the driver, management staff, training department and ultimately the company. Forklift accidents can also be due to defective products, uneven driving surface and the forklift not being properly equipped for the task it was carrying out. Was the forklift properly maintained? Were the brakes, lift blades and cables inspected regularly prior to the accident? That could be the fault of the maintenance department or a third party part manufacturer. Did the forklift have a properly functioning seatbelt that kept the driver safe in the event it overturned? Perhaps the seatbelt was faulty when it was manufactured in which case the manufacturer is liable. Since there are so many different types of forklift accidents that can happen it makes sense to retain an attorney to investigate the accident. A competent and qualified workers compensation attorney will determine who is liable and get you the monetary compensation and medical benefits you are entitled to.

Ladder Accidents

One of the most common types of work related accidents are falls and they can occur in many forms. One typical type of fall is a fall from a ladder. A ladder accident or fall can ultimately result in serious injuries such as broken bones, fractures, head, neck and back injuries. Severe falls or falls from high places can also result in spinal cord injuries, paralysis and death. The severity of injuries from ladder accident falls can vary greatly depending on the circumstances. What does not vary is who, or what, should be held accountable for your injuries. A skilled and experienced workers' compensation lawyer can help determine who is responsible for your injuries and what compensation to which you are entitled.

Causes Of Ladder Accidents

Poorly Or Improperly Maintained Ladders

Negligence

Ladder Not Properly Positioned/Secured

Overlooked OSHA/Safety Precautions

Faulty Ladder Desig 

Machine Accidents

With the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania being home to thousands of corporate entities there are also many work environments that are in industrial, manufacturing and factory settings. Typically in these arenas there is machinery and equipment that can cause a work related injury. When a piece of equipment is used and ultimately results in injury, partial or full disability you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits according to Pennsylvania workers compensation law.

I am Norristown PA Workers Comp Lawyer James V. Monaghan and I handle various types of machine accident claims all over southeastern Pennsylvania including Philadelphia County, Bucks County, Montgomery County, Delaware County and Chester County, PA. I thoroughly and competently handles claims involving life altering and life threatening injuries caused by:

Defective Equipment

Drill Press or Lathe Accidents

Crane Accidents

Explosions

Fork Lift Accidents

Missing Safety Guards On Machinery

Faulty Shut Off Switches

Poorly Maintained Equipment

Office Building Accidents 

Many parts of southeastern Pennsylvania such as Philadelphia, Media, Norristown, Doylestown and Kennett Square are populated with office buildings. These buildings are normally serviced, managed and maintained by management companies. These companies must adhere to laws and regulations regarding maintaining the property so that it is safe for workers as well as visitors. Unfortunately these rules are not always followed and accidents and injuries can result. If you have been injured in an office building accident it is imperative that you speak with a workers compensation attorney.

There can be a variety of causes of office building accidents in the Philadelphia area including:

Inadequate lighting

Slippery Floors

Staircase or stairwell accidents

Negligent security

Ice and snow accidents

Parking lot car accidents

Oil Refinery Accidents

The Philadelphia area is home to several chemical refineries, chemical plants and oil refinery plants. While these plants serve the community well and offer many job opportunities they also pose a major health and safety hazard in the form of possible on the job injuries. If you have been the victim of an on the job injury at a Pennsylvania power plant it is a wise move to speak with a workmans' compensation attorney serving the Philadelphia area including Norristown, Philadelphia, Ridley Park and Essington, Pennsylvania.

The following are just some of the chemical plant accident types I handle:

Burns And Thermal Burns

Chemical Burns

Electrical Burns

Chemical Release And Exposure

Oil Refinery Explosions

Toxic Gas Release

Oil Refinery Slip And Falls

Mental Injuries Related To Oil Refinery Accidents

Pallet Jack Accidents

Pallet jacks are common pieces of equipment used to move pallets of cargo and equipment in many Montgomery County and Philadelphia area workplace settings such as mailrooms, warehouses, industrial plants and factories. They are normally used without incident or injury. However, pallet jacks do present the risk of being injured if they are not properly maintained or used carelessly.

Pallet jack accidents can be due to factors, situations and circumstances in Philadelphia work environments such as:

Negligent Maintenance

Operator Negligence

Bystander Negligence

Inadequate Operator Safety Training

Defective Products

Defective Parts

Uneven Flooring

Pneumatic Tool Accidents

Workplace injuries, particularly those that occur in industrial, construction or manufacturing environments, can be sustained due to slips, falls, burns and accidents involving machinery or tools. Pneumatic tool accidents are very common types of workplace accidents. Any tool that is powered by compressed air such as a chisel, jackhammer, or nail gun is a pneumatic tool. Pneumatic tools are primarily used in settings that are very labor intensive such as a construction site. If these tools are used improperly an injury of some sort can result.

Air Powered Tool Accident Causes

Air powered tool injuries can be caused by several factors, all of which are human caused and can be prevented. Common causes are carelessness or negligence when using the tool, inadequate training regarding how to use the tool, and improper safety precautions while using the tool. A less common cause of pneumatic tool accidents is the equipment or tool malfunctioning. This cause can be minimized if the tools or machinery are properly maintained.

Types Of Pneumatic Tool Accidents

An accident involving a pneumatic tool is caused by the tool exerting its force and discharging. This in turn causes you bodily harm. All pneumatic tools are powered by compressed air. The many pounds of pressure exerted behind the tool head, whether it be a chisel, nail gun, or larger tool such as a jackhammer, can result in moderate, severe, or life threatening injuries. The extent, severity and type of injury varies according to what type of tool was used and where on your person it struck.

Roof Accidents

There are many ways a worker can get hurt or injured while working on the job in the Philadelphia area. A common, and extremely dangerous, accident that can occur is falling from a roof. Falling from a roof while working can cause serious and catastrophic injuries to the victim. If you, or a loved one, have been injured in an on the job injury in southeastern Pennsylvania it behooves you to consult with an experienced workers compensation attorney.

Causes Of Roof Falls

Pennsylvania contractors, subcontractors and property owners should take great caution to make their work environments safe for workers. This is not always done and accidents can happen. Causes of workers falling from roofs can be:

Ladder accidents

Scaffolding accidents

Railing accidents

Faulty plank accidents

Harness accidents

Worker negligence or carelessness

Scaffolding Accidents

Throughout the Philadelphia area, commercial, residential and industrial construction projects are always being developed. Business owners and investors renovating their properties, new buildings being erected, and residential neighborhood construction are all examples of these projects. While maintaining an existing structure or building is good for economic and financial reasons it also presents a dangerous situation for severe personal injury to occur. Scaffolding accidents are very common and extremely dangerous accidents on construction sites. 

Causes Of Scaffolding Accidents

Scaffolding accidents can be attributed to a variety of reasons. Some are related to human error and carelessness. Others may be attributed to faulty equipment assembly or defective products. Common causes of scaffolding accidents include:

Slips & Falls

Scaffolding Collapses

Falling or Unsecured Debris

Poor, Improper or Faulty Assembly

Negligent Maintenance or Inspection

Scissor Lift Accidents

A scissor lift machine is a motorized scaffold that is commonly used in construction and industrial workplace settings in Pennsylvania. While this machine makes reaching and working in high places manageable it can also be incredibly dangerous if involved in an accident. Proper training, use and safety precautions must be employed when using a scissor lift machine. If they are not an accident can occurs. The consequences can be severe and even life threatening. If you, or a loved one, have been the victim of an on the job injury in the Philadelphia area you should contact an experienced workmans' compensation lawyer to discuss your legal rights and how to protect them.

Scissor Lift Accidents And Injuries

Injuries from scissor lift accidents typically occur from the following types of scissor lift accidents:

Tip Over Accidents

Collapse Accidents

Falls From Scissor Lift

Electrocution Accidents

Workplace Sidewalk Accidents

All Pennsylvania businesses, corporations, employers and business owners have a legal obligation and responsibility to properly maintain all areas of their property. This including parking lots, driveways and sidewalks. Accidents that can occur at places of employment are numerous. Some are due to human error, poor management and maintenance practices as well as hazardous property conditions. These accidents can ultimately lead to life altering injuries that can take significant amounts of time, energy and money to recover from. Being injured while at work can make you very vulnerable physically, emotionally and financially.

Causes and types of property liability accidents are:

Automobile Accidents

Assault/Sexual Assault

Sinkhole Accidents

Pothole Accidents

Slips/Trips/Falls On Broken Sidewalks

Inadequate Lighting Accidents

Negligent Security Accidents

Snow/Ice Not Being Properly Removed

Workplace Slip & Fall Accidents

At work we often engage in non-work related activities such as talking and socializing. Not focusing on the tasks at hand can sometimes result in work related injuries that can end in lost work time as well as lost wages. These injuries in the workplace can be an end result of many things such as carelessness, improper or negligent safety precautions, repetitive motions and faulty equipment. These same causes can result in numerous types of accidents as well. A very common type of accident in the workplace is a slip & fall. Slip and falls at work may occur in any type of work environment ranging from an office setting to a construction site or manufacturing plant.

Slips and falls in the workplace can be caused by many different factors. Some causes include: inadequate lighting, wet or slippery floors, negligence & carelessness, tripping over objects in aisles or walkways. Some less common causes of slips and falls at work are defective products such as ladders or scaffolds and improperly maintained or poorly constructed equipment.

Contact A Montgomery County Workers Compensation Attorney

If you have been injured while at work in any type of workers' compensation accident contact me, Montgomery County Workers Compensation Attorney James V. Monaghan. My staff and I have many years experience handling work related injury claims in the Philadelphia area. With many years practicing workers compensation law in Pennsylvania I will use my experience and expertise to get you the fair and just compensation to which you are entitled.

One thing I bring to the table that most other workers' compensation lawyers do not is that I am certified as a specialist in the practice of workers' compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Section on Workers' Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. As your attorney I will determine the true value of your claim based on your injuries, cause of accident, lost work time and wages, diminished quality of life and medical expenses. With this information I will fight relentlessly to get you the compensation and benefits you deserve.

I also offer free consultations to injured workers and charges no fee unless he recovers on your behalf.