Firm Defeats Statutory Employer Defense, Wins Large Award for Injured Union Worker

McMonagle, Perri, McHugh & Mischak won a large cash settlement for a union worker who was injured while working at a chemical plant in Philadelphia. The worker was badly burned when a caustic chemical dripped on her face.

Workplace injury cases can be challenging and complex, as companies often argue that the worker contributed to his or her injury through carelessness. Companies also try to avoid liability by claiming that they are the statutory employer of the injured worker. If a company meets the requirements of Pennsylvania’s Statutory Employer Doctrine, the injured worker’s claim can be addressed only through workers’ compensation.

The firm overcame all these challenges in this case and persuaded the company’s insurance carrier to settle for nearly a quarter-million dollars.