Posted On: April 29, 2009 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Worker Injured at Tobacco Plant

A worker was injured after an explosion at a plant in Maryland earlier this month. According to an article in USA Today, the explosion happened on April 6 at the Tobacco Tech in Skykesville, MD.

Maryland Police said that the lid of a tank used to make tobacco flavoring blew off and fluid and vapors were expelled. A worker who fled the scene fell and hit his face on the concrete floor. He was pulled to safety by the plant manager and another worker and then flown to Shock Trauma.

The tobacco plant worker is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits through his employer, Tobacco Tech. These benefits often are inadequate and may not be enough to cover a worker and his family, especially if the incident involves serious injuries that could keep the worker away from his/her job for a long time. It may be in the worker’s best interest, however, to also contact an experienced worker’s compensation attorney who can carefully examine the incident to identify any negligence or wrongdoing.

An experienced attorney would also look into a “third party claim.” These are claims that are filed against parties that are not the worker’s employer. It could be a contractor, a sub-contractor, or even the manufacturer of a defective product. If it is determined that one of those parties was responsible for the accident and any injuries, then they could be held liable.

Any worker who has sustained an injury arising out of and in the course of their employment has a potential workers’ compensation claim. The workplace injury can occur while traveling on business, doing a work-related errand, attending a required business-related social function, or even while on a break or using restroom facilities and you are still legally covered by workers compensation.

Whether your injury was a simple slip and fall, or involves serious injuries, Cherry, Fieger, & Marciano can help you. These dedicated and skilled workplace injury lawyers in Pennsylvania will do everything possible to get the monetary compensation that is owed to you to help pay medical bills, physical therapy, loss of work and more.