Power Plant and Industrial Accidents in Western PA
Pittsburgh injury attorneys
- Types of Hazards That Cause Injury
- Hearing Loss
- Fatal Injuries
- Third Party Claims
- Making a Claim
- Additional Information
There are many hazards associated with working in power plants, and living near them.
For instance, for those living near power plants, electrocutions and fatalities are not unheard of. The most common hazards associated with the power industry are as follows:
- Injuries from working in confined spaces
- Fires and explosions
- Birth defects
- Occupational disease (silica or asbestos exposure)
Injuries can also arise from situations such as:
- Falls from scaffolding or a telephone pole
- Burns from a burst steam pipe
- Pulmonary diseases from working with and around toxic chemicals
- Permanent injury or wrongful death from the explosion of a rotor or other rotating parts
Hearing loss is a common work-related injury suffered by those employed at power plants. Years of exposure to loud noises at work can cause hearing loss. You may notice it when you leave work, either a ringing in your ears, or the need to turn the radio or television louder. You may also notice the noise exposure at work, when you have to shout to communicate with a co-worker.
For hearing loss, the amount of the loss is determined by comparing an employee’s hearing test results with the AMA Guidelines for the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment. An employee must have a work-related hearing loss of greater than 10% in both ears in order to recover benefits and must have been exposed to continuous loud noise in the three (3) years preceding the filing of a claim. An employee may also be entitled to compensation for hearing loss in one ear, if due to a traumatic event.
For those workers whose injuries are serious enough to result in death, the employee’s family may be entitled to some compensation on his or her behalf under the Workers’ Compensation Act. When an employee is fatally injured from a work injury or an occupational disease, the Workers’ Compensation Act provides benefits in the nature of wage loss, medical expenses, and some burial expenses to dependent spouses and children.
Often employees who have been injured at work may have a claim against an additional party or entity that is not the employer. These claims are known as third-party claims. An employee may be able to bring a separate claim against the third party for injuries that have been caused at work, like an outside contractor who created an unsafe condition at the work site, or a distributor or manufacturer of an unsafe and toxic chemical that an employee used at work.
Benefits available under third-party claims include benefits for pain and suffering, which are not included in Workers’ Compensation claims. Always keep this in mind when an accident occurs at work. It is important to preserve any product or piece of equipment that has been involved in an injury in the event that it can be used as evidence in the future.
If you live near a power plant, and suffer an injury or are diagnosed with a disease due to occurrences at the power plant, you may have a right to bring a claim against the power plant for your injuries, expenses related to care and treatment for your injuries, as well as for your pain and suffering.
If you or someone you know has suffered an injury due to either working or living near a power plant, call Rudberg Law Offices, LLC for a free consultation. Any third-party claim, including any claim for injuries suffered due to living near a power plant, must be filed within two (2) years of the date of injury or two (2) years from the date of diagnosis of a disease stemming from interaction with or proximity to the power plant.
For additional information, you may find the following links useful:
- U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Contact a skilled accident lawyer in Pittsburgh
If you have been injured in any type of accident caused by the careless or wrongful actions of others, call the Pittsburgh accident attorneys of Rudberg Law Offices, LLC for assistance at (412) 488-6000, (866) 306-2667, or complete our quick contact web form.