Posted On: March 27, 2009 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation for Radiation Exposure

Workers who formerly worked for a chemical laboratory in Pennsylvania may be able to take advantage of a government compensation plan for exposure victims to the environmental toxins, according to this UPI news report. A former employee at the Vitro Manufacturing Co. in Canonsburg in the 1950s told news media outlets that she did not know the tests she was running were of radioactive materials. She said she knew she was dealing with uranium but no one ever told her about the effects of radiation.

The employee said she only became aware after she got diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy. Although she does not have cancer now, she may qualify for at least $150,000 in workers' compensation from the federal government, the news report states. The U.S. Department of Labor has ruled that former employees of Vitro would be treated as a "special exposure" group under an eight-year law that compensates employees at former nuclear weapons plants. This designation allows Vitro employees or their families to receive a $150,000 payment and coverage of certain medical costs if they worked at the plant for more than 250 days between 1942 and 1957 and if at a later date, were diagnosed with one of 22 cancers.

Pennsylvania law requires that every employer carry workers compensation insurance that provides compensation in case the worker is injured or killed on the job or as in this case, becomes ill due to circumstances surrounding the job. Workers compensation benefits can include medical costs, lost wages and death benefits. If you or a loved one has been injured on-the-job in Pennsylvania or believe that you have suffered adverse health effects as a result of your work environment, please call the top Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers at Cherry, Fieger & Marciano, LLP for a free consultation.