Work Injury Law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 5

Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2013 – Illinois citizens held a ceremony recently to honor workers who died on the job. Workers and their families gathered on the north lawn of the Illinois State Capitol on April 28 to commemorate Workers’ Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor workers who died on the job. The gathering was organized by the AFL-CIO. “Far too many workers are injured or lose their lives on the job,” said Robert Briskman, a Chicago workers’ compensation attorney. “Memorials like this one are an important reminder of the terrible price that some workers […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2013 – Central Texas’ largest assemblage of plaintiff’s personal injury lawyers, has elected a new president. “I’m honored to have been elected as president of CATLA,” said Brooks Schuelke, a plaintiff’s Austin personal injury lawyer. “The attorneys in this group are driven every single day to ensure their clients are not taken advantage of by corporate wrongdoers or insurance companies. Justice is not just a concept to them. It is a personal mission.” CATLA’s dedicated mission is to work together to effectively represent clients injured by the negligence of others, and to make […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2013 – A new study finds that Texas has the worst record in the nation for construction safety and construction accident deaths. A report released from Workers Defense Project and the University of Texas – Austin found that construction workers in Texas are dying from work-related accidents at double the rate of construction workers in California. The study, “Build a Better Texas,” released in January 2013, states that the Texas construction industry experienced 10.7 deaths in 2010 per 100,000 workers. The U.S. overall rate in 2010 was 8.8 per 100,000 workers. “The numbers […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 11, 2013 – Construction workers in Texas face dangerous conditions on work sites across the state. “It’s well known that since the construction industry in Texas started to quickly revive, that workers are dealing with a number of workplace issues —- labor rights violations, poor wages, improper or no training and dangerous work sites,” explained Austin injury lawyer Brooks Schuelke, with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. Texas leads the nation in the number of fatal construction worker accidents. While there are some protections afforded these laborers, they do not adequately address the level of danger […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 22, 2013 – In a recent case, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission ruled that an injury sustained during a car accident at the end of a work day was compensable. In the case, Goss v. North Shore Trust & Savings, the petitioner, who was a director of investments, drove to a retail store at the close of business to purchase a rug for her employer’s booth at a local business exposition. On the way to the store, she was involved in a car accident and suffered injuries. The commission affirmed the decision of the […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2013 – An explosion in an Illinois steel castings plant injured at least 10 workers. The explosion occurred at the American Steel Foundries plant located in Granite City, Illinois, which is northeast of St. Louis. Three workers, who were in critical condition, were transported by helicopter to hospitals for treatment, including Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur, Missouri, while seven others were treated at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City for smoke inhalation and later released. “Industrial accidents of this nature are all too common,” said Robert Briskman, a Chicago work injury attorney. […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 12, 2013 – The collapse of stage equipment at a music festival hospitalized three workers recently. In Miami, workers preparing for the Ultra Music Festival sustained life-threatening injuries when a lighting rig collapsed as they hoisted it up. Two workers were trapped underneath the equipment for several minutes, and another was injured as it came down. Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce commented, “These stage hand jobs are a type of construction, an industry with a very high rate of on-the-job injuries. Maintaining safety during construction is an endless challenge for workers and employers.” […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 26, 2013 – A Florida appeals court has declared part of the state’s workers compensation system unconstitutional. The case involved an injured firefighter’s battle for disability benefits. The 1st District Court of Appeal invalidated a law that set a limit of two years on temporary disability benefits. Under that law, St. Petersburg Fire Department employee Bradley Westphal saw his disability payments cut off in 2011. Although unable to return to work, he was not eligible for permanent disability payments because he did not meet the criteria. Zephyrhills personal injury attorney Robert Alston, who is […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 13, 2013 – strong>There are two methods to deal with work place injury claims in Texas. “Texas has a system of what is referred to as subscribers and non-subscribers – to workers compensation insurance. If the company does have worker’s compensation insurance, a worker needs Form DWC 041. If the company does not have insurance, they are a non-subscriber, and if you are injured, you may file a personal injury lawsuit,” clarified Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. A worker injured on the job site of a company […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2013 – A jury has awarded Ronald Bayer of Monee, Ill. $64 million in a personal injury lawsuit. The suit was filed against Tinley Park-based general contractor Panduit Corp. Bayer was left mostly paralyzed from the chest down as a result of a fall on a job site. According to the Jury Verdict Reporter, the verdict is the highest in Illinois history for such a case. “This is a very large award, but it clearly reflects the catastrophic nature of Mr. Bayer’s injuries and great pain and suffering,” said Paul Greenberg, a Chicago […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2013 – OSHA has cited a Chicago resident for violating lead exposure standards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Chicago resident Waclaw Cilulko’s construction company, American Masonry Inc., for seven counts of willfully violating OSHA’s lead exposure standards. OSHA inspectors found that workers at a building in Chicago were exposed to unsafe levels of lead while conducting sandblasting operations. The agency has proposed a total of $196,000 in penalties. “Lead exposure is very dangerous, and construction companies need to take proper precautions to ensure workers remain safe, particularly when working […]


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Fort Mill, SC (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2012 – The South and North Carolina personal injury and criminal defense firm Reeves, Aiken & Hightower LLP employed three law student interns over the 2012 summer. Divided between the firm’s offices, the three are: Jamie White, Emory Law rising third year, in the Fort Mill office; Brice Peper, Charleston Law rising third year, in the new Charleston office; and Jessica, Charlotte Law rising second year, in the Charlotte office. Fort Mill intern White received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, and, immediately after graduation, began his law school career at Emory. […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) June 6, 2012 – As summer kicks in, building owners are more likely to have constructions teams out doing property maintenance and even renovation projects. Warmer months outside the rainy season provide the greatest opportunity for owners and municipalities to get the most work done in the shortest amount of time. Those construction projects can create a hazard, though and work sites can be dangerous for pedestrians walking past or employees trying to get back and forth to work. Construction crews are obligated to put up warning signs and rope off dangerous areas to help […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) May 18, 2012 – As summer kicks in, building owners are more likely to have construction teams out doing property maintenance and even renovation projects. Warmer months outside the rainy season provide the greatest opportunity for owners and municipalities to get the most work done in the shortest amount of time. Those construction projects can create a hazard, though and work sites can be dangerous for pedestrians walking past or employees trying to get back and forth to work. Construction crews are obligated to put up warning signs and rope off dangerous areas to help […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2012 – A construction worker was killed thanks to an inattentive trucker. Hiring a competent lawyer is necessary in cases like this to protect a worker’s rights. “In this reported case an 18-wheeler struck and killed a construction worker who was installing signs on the side of I-77 in Ohio. The semi, for whatever reason, went off the road and slammed into the man as he was doing his job. The force of the impact threw him into his truck, and then a further 40 feet before he landed,” outlined Darren Monroe of […]


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New Haven, CT (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2012 – Workplace safety was recently compromised at a Connecticut cable manufacturer in Pomfret. Electrical, mechanical, chemical, and fire as well as exit hazards were so severe that the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has given Loos & Co. Inc. 29 violations and $177,000 in proposed fines. Some personnel were not adequately trained or had protective equipment as they worked around hazardous electrical areas. “Electrocution, injuries, hearing loss, and exits not readily available if there was a fire or other emergency has the potential to hurt and kill workers,” noted Connecticut […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2011 – Grain handling facilities across the state of Texas have recently been given serious Occupational Safety & Health (OSHA) violations. Serious OSHA violations show that a facility did not carry out safety practices and thus could have injured or killed workers while on the job. In Saginaw, Horizon Milling LLC could be liable for penalties up to $57,000 for 17 serious violations at its facility that employs 85 workers. Workers were exposed to unsafe conditions in the flour blending, maintenance, shipping and receiving, and other operations at the company. Sprockets and chains, […]


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Harrisburg, PA (Law Firm Newswire) December 12, 2011 – One of Central Pennsylvania’s’ most successful personal injury and workman’s compensation law firms, Freeburn & Hamilton, announces the opening of new local offices in Lancaster and York. The Lancaster office is at 8 North Queen Street, 4th Floor, phone number is 717-392-0877. The York office is located at 135 South Duke Street, phone number 717-845-3265. The expansion has been motivated by a growing demand to serve clients throughout Central Pennsylvania, and to provide convenient and timely service to accident victims, including a company policy of making house calls. “When you have […]


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New Haven, CT (Law Firm Newswire) December 7, 2011 – Connecticut personal injury law firm Stratton Faxon recently obtained the highest pre-trial settlement in the state for a man injured by a construction accident that left him a paraplegic. The Connecticut trial law firm attorneys are poised to win $23.35 million for Benjamin Wohlfert that will help to pay for the extensive medical care he will need for the rest of his life. Wohlfert worked at a Stop & Shop work site in Canaan, Conn. while it was under construction under the job foreman, Gerald Bates. Wohlfert was a subcontractor […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 1, 2011 – Construction worksites are usually considered to be accidents looking for a place to happen. This case was no exception to that rule. “Anthony Marbach got up and went to work like usual the day of the accident. He figured it would be a day like any others; work hard, go home and crash and maybe spend some time online with friends. The 23-year-old construction worker was not expecting to be partially buried on the job,” outlined Daren Monroe, who writes for Litigation Funding Corporation in Southfield, Michigan. Marbach worked for a […]


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