Posted On: December 8, 2010 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Homicide is the Leading Cause of Work-Related Deaths in Philadelphia

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that homicide is the leading cause of on-the-job deaths in the Philadelphia area. In 2009, one of five area workers who lost their lives on the job in 2009 died from a homicide. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, there were 66 on-the-job fatal injuries in 2009 in the region, 13 of which were homicides.

Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP represent clients injured or those whose loved ones died from work-related accidents, illnesses, or crimes. It is important that you have good legal representation because some insurers may try to dispute your claim or you may receive lesser benefits than what you are actually owed.

By law, it is required that every company in Pennsylvania carry workers’ compensation insurance in the case an employee is injured on the job, becomes ill due to circumstances surrounding their job, or if death results from their job. Benefits can include coverage for medical expenses, hospital bills, lost wages, and more. Pennsylvania workers’ compensation exists both as a way to benefit injured workers and as a way to protect employers.

When a third party caused or contributed to the accident that injured you, that party may also be liable under the laws that govern injuries outside the workplace. In this case, you may claim workers’ compensation while pursuing a personal-injury lawsuit against the third party. A third party is any person or organization that is not your employer or a co-worker. You are free to sue this party while also collecting workers’ compensation benefits. However, you cannot recover any money in Pennsylvania if a jury believes you were more than 50 percent at-fault for your injuries.

If you have been injured at your workplace, please call the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorneys at Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP for a free consultation.