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Husband and wife awarded $2.25 million after PA work accident

In Pennsylvania, if you have been injured in the course of your employment, you are entitled to workers' compensation. Unfortunately, though, sometimes employers try to delay or deny the compensation that an injured worker needs. To ensure that they receive the full measure of compensation for injuries, many workers take legal action and consult with a workers' compensation attorney.

In some cases, a serious work accident has happened because of a third-party's negligence. Workers faced with this situation are up against a complex set of factors, and a personal injury lawsuit may be the appropriate route to take. Consider the recent court decision involving a man who was seriously injured in Perkasie, Pennsylvania.

The man was working on a jobsite when the pump hose of a cement truck hit his head and knocked him down into a basement that wasn't yet finished. The work accident left him with a traumatic brain injury resulting in a number of painful symptoms, including anxiety, headaches, stress and memory loss. His lawsuit also indicated that he suffered orthopedic injuries.

The man and his wife sued a number of concrete companies that were contracted for the construction job. According to the lawsuit, the defendants were negligent in a variety ways. In particular, the parties failed to properly maintain and operate the concrete truck. As a result, the pump hose became clogged and kicked back and struck the man.

Other points of negligence were a failure to properly train workers and a failure to provide fall protection on the job site.

The personal injury lawsuit went to trial, and a jury found all but one defendant negligent. It was reported, however, that the other defendant settled with the husband and wife prior to the attorneys' closing arguments. The court awarded the plaintiffs $2.25 million, with $250,000 of that amount going to the wife to compensate for loss of consortium.

Serious workplace accidents can lead to permanent life changes for injured workers and their families. Individuals and family members faced with this situation need to know that they are not alone, and that legal options are available.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "Injured construction worker and wife awarded $2.25 million following trial at Phila. Court," Jon Camisi, Dec. 5, 2013

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