The national statistics on workplace accidents are shocking:
- Nearly three-million US workers are injured on the job annually – everyone from coal miners, to roofers, to office workers are at risk
- 5,000 US workers are killed each year in workplace accidents
- About 40% of those fatalities involve transportation, usually a car or truck accident, or a deadly incident when materials are being moved at a worksite
- The construction industry alone accounts for more than 20% of all US workplace fatalities
When a worker is seriously injured on the job, the results can be devastating and life-changing. The victim may need to endure the aftereffects of the injury for years, including medical treatments and rehabilitation, reduced earning capacity, and a diminished quality of life.
A worker killed on the job leaves behind a traumatized family struggling with both grief and the permanent loss of a household income stream.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits Are Insufficient
Workers’ compensation is paid by an injured worker’s employer and the amount of the benefits are strictly limited by state law (in cases of total disability, for example, the worker is paid two-thirds of his/her weekly wages). Although reimbursement for medical expenses is also included in workers’ comp, the limitations on both wage payments and health care-related costs make it difficult for injured workers to maintain their pre-injury lifestyle.
If a worker is killed in a workplace accident, the death benefits under workers’ comp are limited to a percentage of the victim’s pre-accident wages plus a minimal payment for funeral expenses.
Third-Party Claims May Be Available
An injured worker has a better chance for appropriate compensation if a non-employer third party is identified as responsible for the accident. McMonagle Perri lawyers cast a wide net when they investigate a workplace accident to determine whether the worker has a claim against the property owner, a property manager, equipment manufacturer, on-site subcontractor, or maintenance firm that is liable for the injuries.
When pursuing third-party claims, McMonagle Perri maximizes the compensation recovered for injured victims and their families, including payments for pain and suffering, emotional trauma, past and future medical expenses, lost income and future earnings.
If you have been injured, or a family member has been injured or killed, as a result of a workplace accident, contact McMonagle Perri at 215.981.0999 or use our online form.
Some recent workplace accident cases handled by McMonagle Perri include:
- $2.2 million recovered for a union carpenter injured on the jobsite
- $1.5 million recovered for HVAC worker injured in a fall from scaffolding in a Philadelphia warehouse
- $250,000 recovered for a City of Philadelphia worker who suffered broken ankle in sinkhole on a city street
- $250,000 recovered for accountant injured in auto accident traveling from Philadelphia International Airport on business trip
- $220,000 recovered for local union worker who suffered burn injuries at Philadelphia factory
- $191,000 recovered for salesman who suffered back injury in slip-and-fall at office building