I fell from a roof at a work site in Pennsylvania and filed a workman’s comp claim. Can I do anything else about my injuries?


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Workers injured in Pennsylvania often believe that their only legal recourse is filing a workers’ compensation claim. In fact, it’s such a common misconception that most workers believe all work injury lawyers are workers’ comp lawyers, when they are not. Some lawyers are work injury lawyers, and some lawyers are workers’ compensation lawyers. Rarely do you find a lawyer who is both. That’s because they are two separate and distinct types of claims: workers’ compensation claims and injury/tort claims.

Injury/Tort Claims in PA

Under PA injury or tort law, injured workers can file a claim or lawsuit against any company or person whose negligence contributed to a work accident. Parties commonly liable in roof fall accidents in the workplace usually include general contractors, equipment companies, etc. It is also important to note that Pennsylvania’s two year statute of limitations will probably apply, which means that if you’re beyond the statute, the claim will be time barred.

In roof fall situations, the injuries are often catastrophic if not fatal, and workers’ compensation does not provide 100% of lost wages or any pain and suffering damages. The purpose of workers’ compensation is to get injured workers back to work as soon as possible. Getting 100% of lost wages or getting pain and suffering compensation would encourage workers to make workers’ compensation claims.

However, injured workers can still recover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering damages. Click here to access our legal article, Damages Available in a Workplace Fall Accident Case in Pennsylvania or New Jersey.

Many workers injured in Pennsylvania don’t know that they are legally entitled to file claims against any company or person who caused the accident. Injured workers are often able to file claims against other parties, such as:

  • general contractors,
  • subcontractors,
  • architects,
  • owners, and
  • product manufacturers.

Parties commonly liable in roof fall accidents in the workplace usually include general contractors, equipment companies, etc.

The key to success in any workplace accident case is proper and thorough investigation by a knowledgeable and experienced workplace accident lawyer in Pennsylvania.

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Last updated: April 8, 2015