Philadelphia Lack of Employee Protective Equipment Lawyer
Many types of jobs require safety and protective equipment. Construction sites, factories, medical facilities, and farms are just a few of the places that you find employees who require additional protection to do their job. Injuries from lack of protective equipment can result in medical expenses, loss of income, and life-threatening conditions.
Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation system covers most employees injured on the job. However, an employee may have an additional claim against the employer or other party for an injury related to a lack of protective equipment.
What is Protective Equipment?
Protective equipment varies by industry and job. However, the purpose of it is the same. Protective equipment reduces the risk of injury and can reduce the severity of some on-the-job injuries.
Employers should provide protective equipment for each employee. Employers should also train employees on the proper use of their safety equipment. It is wise for an employer to have a written safety policy regarding protective equipment, and actively enforce the safety requirements on the construction site.
Failing to Provide Protective Equipment
An employer has a responsibility to identify risks and hazards on a job site. The employer must take steps to avoid accidents and ensure worker safety, including providing protective equipment.
If an employer fails to provide the required protection to keep workers safe from harm, injuries may occur. Injuries and conditions caused by a lack of protective equipment at work include, but are not limited to:
Hearing loss or damage
Amputations and loss of limbs
Head and brain injuries
Foot and ankle injuries
Back injuries from falls
Exposure to toxic chemicals
In addition to holding an employer liable for injuries because of a lack of PPE, product manufacturers may be liable for damages caused by an injury. If the protective equipment malfunctioned or was defective, the manufacturer could be liable under a product liability claim.
Do You Need a Philadelphia Construction Accident Attorney?
If you have been injured because your employer did not provide protective equipment or the equipment provided was not adequate for the job, you should speak with our construction accident attorneys in Philadelphia. You could have a valid claim for damages, in addition to a workers’ compensation claim.
Workers’ compensation benefits do not compensate a worker fully for all damages and losses. A worker receives only a portion of lost income. Workers’ compensation does not pay anything for pain and suffering damages. Even benefits for wrongful death or permanent disability fall short of what a person could receive by filing a personal injury claim.
The Philadelphia construction accident lawyers of the Pansini, Mezrow & Davis review your claim carefully. We analyze how the injury occurred and determine who is liable for your injuries. If your employer or another party may be liable, we can handle filing third-party claims against each responsible party.
Determining liability for an injury caused by a lack of protective equipment can be challenging. Proving that another party is liable can also be problematic. Employers and insurance providers may argue that you failed to use the protective equipment or failed to use the equipment correctly, which resulted in your injury. Blaming the victim is a common tactic used by insurance companies to cheat people out of the compensation they deserve.
At the Pansini, Mezrow & Davis, we understand these insurance tactics. We have handled well over a thousand personal injury claims. We do not tolerate unfair and bad faith insurance tactics used to harm our clients’ rights to fair and just compensation for an injury claim.
Let us fight for you. Our legal team is aggressive and passionate about personal injury claims. We believe that negligent parties must be held accountable for their negligence and wrongdoing. By holding negligent parties accountable, we benefit our clients, but we also work to make our community safer for everyone.
Contact Our Philadelphia Construction Accident Attorneys Today for a Free Case Review
Do not wait too long to contact our law firm to discuss your situation. Your time to file claims is restricted by law. Also, valuable evidence could be lost or destroyed if you wait too long to talk with an attorney about your case.
To schedule your free consultation with an experienced Pennsylvania construction accident attorney, call 1 (215) 732-5555 today.