Eric T. Chaffin

Winesburg Builders Puts Workers at Risk of Falls in West Virginia

A building company in West Virginia is facing the possibility of thousands of dollars in fines after an inspection found that it was exposing workers to serious fall hazards. Indeed, according to a recent report by the Occupational Safety & […]

Matthew C. Casey

Workplace Safety Part 2: Workers’ Compensation Insurance & What You Should Do If You Are Injured on the Job

This is the second installment of a 2-part series on workplace safety.  In my first post, I covered workers’ rights and employer responsibilities.  In this post, I will cover Workers’ Compensation insurance and what you should do if you are injured on the job. […]

Eric T. Chaffin

BLS Report Shows Transportation Causes Most Workplace Fatalities

Every year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) produces a report on work-related injuries and fatalities. According to data from 2014—the most recent data available—there were a total of 4,679 workers killed on the job that year throughout the […]

Matthew C. Casey

Workplace Safety Part 1: Workers Rights & Employer Responsibilities

Earlier this week a worker at a manufacturing plant in Marthasville, Missouri was electrocuted in a tragic workplace accident. This sad news brings to light many issues regarding workplace safety. As a personal injury attorney I see far too many cases of […]

Nathaniel Fick

What’s the Difference Between Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation?

When an employee is injured on the job, the remedies available to him may include workers’ compensation and/or a personal injury lawsuit, but many people do not understand the difference between the two. Workers’ Compensation Workers compensation is an insurance […]

Rick Shapiro

Third Death at Virginia Goodyear Plant This Year

The Goodyear plant in Danville VA has just experienced its third fatal accident on site in the last eight  months, and that prompted the plant to be shut down for several days this week as OSHA investigates. The most recent […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Manufacturing Has Highest Incidence of Workplace Injuries—OSHA Report

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its first report on workplace injuries on March 17, 2016, as part of a new reporting program implemented in 2015. This report is one of a series OSHA will release every year […]

Steven J. Klearman

Federal Employers Liability Act VS Workers Compensation Claims

In 1908, Congress enacted The Federal Employers Liability Act, or FELA, which still provides a nationwide federal system of legal remedy and the protection of thousands of railroad workers as well as their families. How is FELA different than Workers […]

Randy Appleton

Myelodysplastic Syndrome from Benzene Exposure – Info from FELA Lawyer

Railroad workers – including trainmen, conductors, engineers, switchmen, etc. – are exposed to hazardous chemicals and toxic fumes on a regular basis. Unfortunately, many of the big railroad companies neglected to take the necessary safety precautions to reduce the health […]

Kevin Duffan

Hide and Seek – FRA Considering Rules That Would Allow Railroads to Hide Safety Lapse Evidence

In years past, railroads have been caught, on numerous occasions, trying to hide evidence of safety lapses in court. As such, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) is requesting the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) abandon a proposal that would give […]