Posted On: May 13, 2009 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Pennsylvania State Trooper Injured On the Job by Chemical

A Pennsylvania state trooper is recovering from an injury he got from a chemical dripping from a leaky truck. According to an article, it happened April 28 at a rest area near the Tafton exit of Interstate 84 in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The injured trooper was airlifted to a hospital. Two other troopers, as well as three highway inspectors, were also taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Hazardous materials workers were called in to clean up the chemical. It was not yet known what type of chemical injured the trooper.

Like any worker who has sustained an injury arising out of and in the course of their employment, this Trooper has a potential Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claim. An 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.

It is required that every company in Pennsylvania carry Worker’s Compensation Insurance in case an employee is injured on the job, becomes ill due to circumstances surrounding their job, or even if death results from their job. Benefits can include medical expenses, lost wages and death benefits. Workers’ compensation exists both as a way to benefit injured workers and as a way to protect employers. Workers’ compensation in Philadelphia is a no-fault insurance system, which means that no guilt needs to be proved in a case; only that the injury sustained occurred while on the job.

It may be in the worker’s and their family’s best interest, however, to also contact an experienced worker’s compensation attorney who will carefully examine the incident to identify any negligence or wrongdoing. An experienced Philadelphia work injury 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.

Cherry, Fieger, & Marciano can help you. These dedicated and skilled PA work injury lawyers 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.