Workplace Injury & Industrial Accident Attorneys

Serving The Needs Of Injured Workers In Pennsylvania

Based in Meadville PA, with additional offices in Erie, our attorneys have a combined 75 years of experience representing injured workers in Pennsylvania. Attorney Bill Jorden alone, has represented people injured in the workplace for over 40 years. We use our experience and expertise to fight for injured workers in Pennsylvania and hold responsible parties accountable, no matter how big and powerful the defendant, whether it’s for an injury from machinery defects, a subcontractor liability or workers’ compensation insurance case.

PA Industrial and Work AccidentsWe know that injuries sustained at work can be devastating to an individual and their family. Such injuries often result in a temporary or permanent loss of income, large medical bills and considerable disability and suffering. Often times, there are multiple sources of money to compensate an injured employee. While we do represent injured workers with regard to their Pennsylvania workers compensation claims, workers compensation does not always fully compensate an injured employee. Our personal injury attorneys are experienced in determining whether an individual injured at work is legally entitled to receive compensation from sources other than workers compensation. Sometimes the injury was caused by acts (or failure to act) by some other person or entity other than your employer. In some instances, the work injury was caused by a defective product which can result in a product liability claim against the manufacturer or seller of the defective product. In other instances, the work accident may have been caused by the negligence of an individual or company other than the employer who failed to keep the work place in a safe condition, or to make available the necessary safety equipment or tools or failed to properly warn or guard hazardous conditions.  If you have been injured at work, the site owner, a general contractor or a sub contractor may be liable for your injuries and damages.

The following are examples of the types of industrial and work accident cases, either settled or tried to verdict by Attorney Bill Jorden.

  • A young man’s arm was torn off at the shoulder and leg amputated while using a “cathead” to hoist drill pipe onto the floor of an oil and gas drilling rig.
  • A young man suffered a near amputation of his arm while operating a lathe when unguarded bar stock being fed into the lathe bent to a right angle while spinning at a high rpm.
  • A young man was electrocuted and killed while erecting a flag pole that came in contact with the utility company’s uninsulated low hanging electric lines.
  • An operator of a power press lost a portion of his hand where the manufacturer of the press failed to equip the press with necessary guarding devices and warnings.
  • The case of a farmer whose hand was mangled in an unguarded corn elevator auger.
  • The case of a young boy who suffered partial amputation of his hand in a farm accident.
  • A man whose spine was crushed when he was struck by part of a falling tree while helping employees of the property owner cut timber.
  • The case of a truck driver who was helping a bridge contractor load cement barriers onto the flatbed of his truck when he was knocked off the flatbed and over the bridge sidewalls into the rocks and water below.

 What laws in Pennsylvania protect my rights as an injured worker?
The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act spells out rights for the injured worker to be compensated when injured in the scope of his employment.

What if I feel that my job is being compromised due to my injury?
You should never feel that your disability is in any way compromising your safety.  If you feel your employer is requiring you to perform tasks or working conditions that you are unable to perform safely due to your injury, you should contact an attorney for help and advice.  Similarly, if your job is being compromised due to your injury and your job is at risk, there are laws in place that can protect you and you should consult with an attorney with experience in such matters.

What is the statute of limitations in Pennsylvania on a workplace injury claim?
Three years is the statute of limitations for a workers’ compensation claim.  You may, however, be entitled to claim damages against your employer or parties other than your employer for damages that you have suffered, or will suffer, that are in excess of workers’ compensation benefits.  The statute of limitations for such claims is shorter, and in most instances is two years from the date of your injury.  For this reason, it is advisable to have an attorney evaluate your claim as soon after injury as possible.

How can I receive the medical care that I need before my claim is settled?
After injury, you are entitled to immediate medical care, although, most often, by those physicians identified in a list provided to you by your employer.  After a time, you are free to go to any physician that you choose for treatment of injuries suffered at work or caused by your work.

Who can be held responsible for industrial & work accidents?
Regardless of fault, your employer and/or its workers’ compensation insurance carrier is responsible for paying you income loss, medical expenses, or other statutory benefits brought about by your work accident.  Other negligent third parties or manufacturers of defective equipment and products that may have caused or contributed to your accident may also be held responsible for your past and future income loss, past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of life’s pleasures, and other such damages.

How do I know if I have a valid workplace injury claim?
It is always advisable to talk to an attorney experienced in workers’ compensation and personal injury law to advise you whether you have a valid workplace injury claim.  This is important even though the fact that you have a valid claim may seem obvious to you.  Even where a claim is obvious, claims for additional damages or benefits may be available to you that may not be so obvious and would miss being pursued without the expertise and guidance of an experienced attorney.

Do you need my medical records?
Absolutely.  Typically, we will have you sign a medical release and we will take it upon ourselves to retrieve your records.

How are damages calculated in a workers’ compensation claim?
Workers’ compensation pays an injured worker two thirds of his weekly wage for a period of time as defined by the Act and the ability to return to work.  The Act provides several methods to determine average weekly wage depending upon how the employee is paid.  It is always prudent to have your attorney make sure that your weekly wage as been calculated to provide you with the maximum benefit to which you are entitled.  All of your medical expenses related to and caused by your injury at work are paid by workers’ compensation as long as those medical expenses are necessary.  As stated in previous responses, sometimes, even though you have been injured at work, a party other than your employer may have been responsible for causing your injury.  For example, while on a mission for your employer, you suffer injury when your vehicle is struck from behind by a third party driver.  Another example would be when you were injured while working on a machine at work, which injury could have been avoided had the manufacturer of the machine equip it with appropriate safety guards.  Damages for such third party claims are difficult and require the assistance of an attorney and a team of medical, vocational, and economic experts to determine.  Your attorney will put such a team together.  It is also the role of an experienced attorney to make a realistic estimate for the calculation of non-economic damages that you may be entitled to recover.  Examples of such damages are compensation for your pain and suffering or your loss of life’s pleasures.  Such damage amounts are often the product of the attorneys experience, abilities, time and effort in not only understanding how the injuries have effected your life, but also in the presentation of your claim to the insurance company in settlement or to a jury at trial.