Posted On: May 25, 2009 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Workers’ Compensation in Dallas Facility Collapse

Government investigators began sorting through the Dallas Cowboys’ flattened practice facility to determine why fierce winds sent the tent-like structure crashing down during a rookie workout session.

According to an article in the Philadelphia Daily News, twelve people were hurt, including Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis, who had surgery to stabilize a fractured vertebrae in his neck. Rich Behm, 33, the team’s scouting assistant, was permanently paralyzed from the waist down after his spine was severed. Assistant athletic trainer Greg Gaither, 35, had surgery on his fractured right leg.
Inspectors were looking at the collapse site, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The company that built the facility— Summit Structures LLC of Allentown, PA— issued a statement that said proper engineering was used during the original construction 5 years ago and the installation of the new roof. The president of Summit has been working with team and local officials to “fully assess this severe weather event.”

The employees who were injured here have a potential workers’ compensation claim. It may be in their best interest 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 an accident and any injuries, then they could be held liable.

In Pennsylvania, every company must carry Worker’s Compensation Insurance in the 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 in Philadelphia exists both as a way to benefit injured workers and as a way to protect employers. Workers’ compensation 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.

If you or someone you love has been injured at work, Cherry, Fieger, & Marciano can help you. These dedicated PA workplace accident 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. Call 888-845-2706 today for a case evaluation.