Warehouses, factories and other industrial worksites in Pennsylvania are hectic and dangerous. Heavy lifting, large equipment and machinery, slip and falls, loud noises, harmful substances, and other hazards place workers at a high risk of severe injuries and illnesses. Although employers in the state are required to provide workers’ compensation coverage to employees, obtaining wage and medical benefits can be daunting. If you have been injured in a warehouse or factory accident, it is wise to consult an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.
Nikolaus & Hohenadel has over three decades of experience handling workers’ comp claims. We are well aware that insurance companies have an unfair advantage over injured warehouse and factory workers and often attempt to deny claims. We have the skills and experience to level the playing field and will help you obtain the benefits you deserve. Lead attorney Jeffrey Mills is certified as a Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law and has a well-earned reputation as a dedicated worker advocate. When you become our client, you can rest assured that your rights will be protected.
Common Warehouse and Factory Accidents
All types of accidents that result in serious worker injuries can happen in warehouses and factories, including:
- Heavy equipment accidents — Workers who use heavy equipment, like forklifts, can be careless, leading to injuries to other workers and themselves. Severe injuries can occur if a forklift strikes another worker or overturns, trapping someone underneath. Employees can also be injured when a hand or arm becomes trapped in machinery, such as a conveyor belt. Finally, workers can be injured by defective equipment and machinery, in which case a third-party claim can be filed against the manufacturer or distributor.
- Slips and trips — Hazardous materials on a factory or warehouse floor, such as sawdust, liquid or oils, as well as uneven surfaces and poorly lit areas, frequently cause slip and trip accidents, resulting in broken bones, muscle and ligament strains, and head injuries.
- Falls — Loading docks in warehouses and factories are a common location for falls, especially when safety measures are not followed. In addition, these worksites usually have high floors, landings, and catwalks with large drops between them, increasing the risk of a fall which can result in severe injuries.
- Exposure to harmful substances — Factory workers are often exposed to harmful substances and chemicals that can cause burns, respiratory damage, vision loss and other injuries if there is a spill or the substances become airborne. Similarly, dangerous substances are often stored in warehouses, increasing the risk.
- Improper lifting — Warehouse workers should be equipped with equipment that protects them when lifting heavy packages. If such equipment is not provided or used improperly, injuries to the back, neck, shoulders, arms and legs can occur.
- Falling objects — Materials in warehouses are frequently improperly stacked on high shelves, which could become unstable and fall, causing head, neck and back injuries or even wrongful death.
- Fires and explosions — Workers in manufacturing plants, factories and other industrial sites can be catastrophically injured by fires and/or explosions caused by flammable materials and chemicals, dust and other hazardous substances. Employer negligence (e.g. poor ventilation, blocked fire exits) increases the risk of injuries and wrongful death.
If you have been injured while working in a warehouse or factory, it is crucial to seek medical treatment to prevent your injuries from worsening as well as to protect your legal rights.
Regardless of whether you contributed to the accident that caused your injuries, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, including lost wages and payment for medical expenses. In exchange for these benefits, you, generally speaking, relinquish the right to file a civil lawsuit against your employer. Obtaining these benefits can be challenging because insurers often deny worker’s comp claims while some employers attempt to contest claims.
This is why it is crucial to have the powerful representation Jeff Mills provides. Our legal team will handle all the details of your claim, including dealings with the insurance company, so that you can focus on recovering.
Types of Warehouse and Factory Accident Injuries
Warehouse and factory accidents can result in all types of injuries, including:
- Shoulder injuries
- Head injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Amputation of limbs
- Vision or hearing loss
- Occupational diseases (e.g. respiratory illnesses, skin diseases, cancer)
Contact Our Lancaster Warehouse and Factory Accident Attorney
Injured workers may not be able to work for significant periods of time, resulting in lost wages and costly medical bills, which can also become an emotional and financial burden. If you have sustained an injury in a warehouse or factory, you may be frightened and not know where to turn. Remember, Jeff Mills can help.
We know the ins and outs of the Pennsylvania worker’s compensation system and will leverage our resources to secure the benefits you deserve. Depending on the circumstances of your warehouse or factory accident, you may also have a legal basis for a third-party claim. The sooner you contact our office, the sooner we can assert your rights.
We serve clients throughout Central Pennsylvania, including Lancaster, York, Lebanon, and Dauphin Counties and the cities of Lewistown, Harrisburg, Carlisle, and Chambersburg. Se habla Español.