Pittsburgh Warehouse Injury Lawyers
Strong representation for warehouse workers when injured on the job
Most warehouse work is very physical. The jobs mostly consist of lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying, moving, unloading, and unloading all sorts of goods – in all shapes, sizes, and weights. Just one odd movement or one movement too many can cause a worker to need immediate medical care. Any injury if severe enough can cause you to lose a lot of time from work.
At Carmody and Ging, Attorneys at Law, our Pittsburgh warehouse lawyers fight for injured workers. We begin our representation by explaining that there is no requirement to prove fault in workers’ compensation cases. We work with your doctors to confirm your injuries and the care you need. We demand that your employer pay your medical bills and all the wages Pennsylvania law requires. Don’t assume your employer has your best interests at heart. They want to save money and get you back to work. Our work injury lawyers focus on you. We work to ensure you receive your full benefits and that you only return to your job when you’re healthy.
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What would you like to know?
- What does warehouse work entail?
- What are some examples of Pittsburgh warehouse accidents?
- What injuries do warehouse workers suffer?
- What benefits am I entitled to if I qualify for workers’ compensation in Pittsburgh?
- How can your attorneys help with my Pittsburgh warehouse work injury claim?
- Do you have a warehouse workers’ compensation lawyer near me?
What does warehouse work entail?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 1.8 million Americans worked in the warehouse industry in 2020. Out of these, 3.9 out of every 100 warehouse workers lost time due to workplace accidents or injuries. Warehouse work includes:
- Stock clerks and workers who fill orders
- Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks
- Laborers and movers
- Forklift operators
- Industrial truck and tractor operators
- Transportation, distribution, and storage managers
What are some examples of Pittsburgh warehouse accidents?
Common types of warehouse accidents include:
- Forklift accidents. These accidents include workers being pinned, struck by, or falling off a forklift. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2017, forklifts were involved in more than 9,000 nonfatal workplace injuries or illnesses. Forklift operators need to ensure they are fully enclosed, have enough room to move, and have spotters when they back up. Forklifts have a propensity to tip over.
- Slip and fall accidents. Warehouse workers can easily fall if they slip on a wet surface or trip over any inventory. They can fall over loose wires or just lose their balance while carrying a heavy object. Many slip and fall accidents happen because the ground isn’t level.
- Overexertion injuries. Warehouse workers often work long hours without much rest. Tired workers can drop objects. They can wrench their backs, hurt their shoulder, or pull a muscle. Employers can reduce the risk of overexertion injuries by hiring more staff and through better scheduling. Workers who are tired can fall or even suffer a heart attack.
- Loading dock accidents. Many Pittsburgh warehouse accidents occur while inventory is being loaded onto or being taken off a truck. Workers can fall off the docks or be struck by a forklift.
Some warehouse workers may suffer carbon monoxide poisoning. Other warehouse injuries include being struck by an object, being caught between objects or objects, truck accidents, exposure to dangerous toxins or chemicals, or just dropping an object on their foot.
What injuries do warehouse workers suffer?
Many warehouse workers suffer injuries due to wear and tear or a workplace accident. At Carmody and Ging, we work with the initial doctors the employer sends you to and our own network of doctors when you suffer any type of injury that causes you to lose time from work. Some of the many injuries warehouse workers may suffer include:
- Back, neck, and shoulder injuries, such as herniated discs, ligament, tissue, and nerve damage
- Fractures/broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Sprains, strains, cuts, and lacerations
- Muscle injuries
- Burn injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Respiratory injuries
- Skin injuries
We also represent families if a loved one died in a forklift accident or any other type of warehouse accident. Pennsylvania workers’ compensation does authorize death benefits.
Our Pittsburgh warehouse injury lawyers work with surgeons, orthopedists, pain management doctors, neurologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, vocational therapists, and many other types of healthcare professionals. You might also need to seek treatment with a psychiatrist or a psychologist.
What benefits am I entitled to if I qualify for workers’ compensation in Pittsburgh?
In Pennsylvania, injured and ill employees are entitled to the following benefits for a work injury claim:
- Medical benefits. You work hard. If you’re hurt, Pennsylvania helps injured workers by requiring that your employer pays for all your medical bills to diagnose and treat your injuries. These include ER care, specialists, your family doctor, physical therapists, occupational therapists, assistive devices, and medications. The employer should pay these bills while you are seeking to maximize your recovery and keep your condition stable.
- Work loss benefits. Employee wage benefits include temporary and permanent disability benefits. The temporary benefits are generally 2/3 of your wages until your health stabilizes. We also seek permanent disability benefits if your injuries prevent you from working or limit your ability to work.
We negotiate regular payouts and lump-sum settlements.
If you’re hurt while doing your warehouse job, you need to promptly notify your employer. If you were injured on the job, you can qualify for Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits if your injuries happened due to your course of your employment and you are considered an employee. Our Pittsburgh workers’ comp lawyers can help determine your employment status. You can also qualify for workers’ compensation if you have an occupational illness.
How can your attorneys help with my Pittsburgh warehouse work injury claim?
Helping injury victims is what Carmody and Ging does. We have earned the respect of former clients, employers, insurance companies, and defense lawyers – for our dedication to our clients, our preparation of your claim, and our ability to anticipate the arguments employers and insurance companies make against your claim.
We regularly challenge efforts to deny or reduce your claim based on:
- A claim of a pre-existing condition
- An assertion your injury didn’t occur during the scope of your employment
- Your employer’s claim that you can return to work
- Many other defense arguments
Do you have a warehouse workers’ compensation lawyer near me?
Carmody and Ging is easy to find. We’re located at 801 Vinial Street in Pittsburgh, on the 3rd floor of the Deutschtown Center building. We’re right across the street from Penn Brewery. There’s parking onsite. If you cannot reach us by car, there’s a bus stop on Troy Hill Road, around the corner. Our Pittsburgh warehouse injury lawyers speak with clients through video conferences. We also will meet clients at hospitals and other healthcare facilities when clients cannot come to our office.
Our lawyers understand the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation process. We’ll help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Contact our Pittsburgh warehouse injury lawyers today
Our attorneys have been fighting for injury victims, including injured workers for 30 years. At Carmody and Ging, we understand how painful most warehouse injuries are and the timeline that it takes for your injuries to heal – if they can heal. Our lawyers are respected by former clients, employers, insurance companies, and defense lawyers for our dedication to our clients and our record of impressive settlements and workers’ compensation awards. To schedule a free consultation with a seasoned Pittsburgh warehouse accident lawyer, please call us at 412.281.2929 or use our contact form. We’re dedicated to helping the injured in Allegheny County.