Workplace Injury Articles

Gas Pipeline Explosions in West Virginia: Safety, Lawsuits, and More

Safety is a major concern these days when it comes to natural gas pipelines throughout West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and other states. In fact, just recently the Post Gazette discussed this issue extensively when they referenced an explosion that occurred near Charleston:  ….but the pipeline explosion Tuesday near Sissonville, along Interstate 77, 15 miles north of Charleston, highlights its often overlooked and sometimes fiery risks. There are more than 2.5 million miles of pipelines running through the U.S., approximately 60,000 of which are in Pennsylvania. Concerns have heightened as new pipelines are laid to service burgeoning shale gas development in Pennsylvania and other states, and older pipelines corrode and crack, increasing the possibility of leaks and accidental explosions. A recent federal report found more than half of the pipelines in the U.S. are 50 years old or older. And while the West Virginia pipeline accident didn’t cause any injuries or fatalities, the U.S. Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration data show pipeline accidents have caused the deaths of 68 people nationwide in the last five years, 21 of those pipeline workers. Natural gas pipelines throughout the State of West Virginia operate under very high pressures and explosions can result …

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Are Some People More Likely to Develop Mesothelioma than Others?

There is a famous saying among lawyers who do mesothelioma cases that “asbestos does not respect a job title.”  Workers from all walks of life, pipe fitters, boiler makers, mill wrights, tin knockers, carpenters, roofers, electrical workers, bricklayers, steelworkers, ironworkers, mechanics and anyone who worked as a laborer in any job in a power house, chemical plant, steel mill or facility with furnaces and high heat systems is at risk for developing mesothelioma. Even people who worked around these industrial facilities such as secretaries and office workers have been known to develop mesothelioma, years after leaving their jobs. What experience does the Segal Law Firm have in these cases? There are several different types of cases which have been successfully brought by The Segal Law Firm for people who never worked at an industrial facility or worked an industrial job a day in their life.  These cases have involved wives who washed their husband’s clothes, children who hugged their fathers when coming home from work or who would help mom shake the dust off of his overalls before they went into the laundry.  Also, looking way back 30 to 35 years, we have found a person who, although they were …

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Who is Responsible for the Cause of My Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a unique cancer which affects the lining of the chest cavity and sometimes the gut. It is a very aggressive cancer and in North America is almost always linked to exposure to different types of asbestos dust. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, several different companies can be held legally responsible for your damages. Who is responsible? The companies which can be held liable are the companies which manufactured asbestos­ containing products, such as pipe insulation, block insulation, gaskets, packeting and other insulation materials.  Additionally, employers and contractors who exposed their employees or other co­-workers to asbestos-containing dust may be held liable. If you worked as an employee of a contractor at a facility such as a power house, chemical plant, or steel mill, you are likewise allowed, under West Virginia law, to sue the premises (facility) owner who exposed you to asbestos-containing dust. How can the Segal Law Firm help? At The Segal Law Firm, we have over 25 years of experience determining which companies are liable to workers based upon where and when they worked.  We have, literally, hundreds of thousands of pages of documents and sworn statements to prove where specific asbestos-containing products were …

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I Have Leukemia and was Exposed to Benzene. Do I Have a Case?

Many people are only aware of the dangers of asbestos exposure in the workplace, but another chemical called Benzene is also one of the more common chemicals that can cause workers to suffer illness. What is Benzene? Benzene is widely used in the chemical industry to make various detergents, drugs, pesticides, plastics, resins, rubbers, dyes, and lubricants. Generally, you can be exposed to Benzene from either absorption through the skin or through inhalation. Workers in the petroleum industry and those in any industry where Benzene is used in the manufacturing process are at an increased risk of Benzene exposure and the associated health risks. Even exposure for short periods of time can put you at an increased risk a Benzene related illness, including cancer. Some illnesses associated with Benzene exposure are: Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Aplastic Anemia Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) If you were exposed to Benzene years ago and you are now sick, your illness may be caused by your exposure to Benzene. Even if your exposure was decades before you were diagnosed with cancer, your illness may have been caused by your exposure to Benzene. The Segal Law Firm works with …

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Handling and Storing Materials Present Worker Hazards

Some of the most common cases we see at The Segal Law Firm are workplace injury cases. Handling and storing materials can present many worker hazards that can cause catastrophic injuries. Manufacturing facilities, warehouses, and workplaces with mixed operating functions present special hazards for workers.  Operations in handling and storing materials often involve hoisting tons of product with crane, driving loaded trucks, operating stacked forklifts and manually stacking and carrying drums, barrels and blocks.  The improper handling and storage of materials results in injuries and fatalities. Hazards include the following: Being caught in pinch points Being struck by falling material Being hit by mobile equipment Employers and management have a duty to evaluate the work environment and apply general and specific safety principles and training in order to reduce workplace accidents. Segal Law Experience The lawyers at The Segal Law Firm successfully represented a man who was severely and permanently injured at his workplace in a plant. The worker was a train operator who had the job of making rolling train transfers of product and materials from one part of the plant to others. The area where he was working was highly congested with machinery operating, processing taking place, and …

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