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Pennsylvania contract worker injured on someone else's property

A Pennsylvania man was injured on someone else’s property while carrying out a job he was hired to complete. The damage he has experienced could keep him from continuing in his present occupation. In the personal injury lawsuit he is filing, he is requesting over $150,000 to compensate him for the mutilation that occurred when he was injured on someone else’s property.

Through his employment with an environmental company, he was hired by a beverage manufacturer to clean a 70,000 gallon tank that was holding waste water. After he had climbed inside the tank to begin the cleanup, employees of the company alerted him to the fact that the water in which he was standing contained corrosive elements that could harm him. When he got out of the tank, it was discovered he had suffered serious chemical burns. Those extremely painful injuries, which doctors identified as second degree burns, have left scars that may be permanent. Moreover, he may never be able to work at that job again.

The negligence lawsuit targets the beverage company and its staff. The plaintiff asserts that there should have been some type of warning about the dangerous chemicals in the tank before he got in. He says the pain he has endured has kept him from being able to work and earn a living.

Anyone who has been injured on someone else’s property has the right to seek financial compensation to cover any number of costs associated with the injury. If the property owner and/or the owner's employees were negligent in a manner that contributed to or caused the plaintiff's injuries, a Pennsylvania court may rule that they are financially liable for the injuries suffered. Any money awarded to the victim would be separate from the workers' compensation benefits for which the worker may also qualify.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "Late warning blamed for tank cleaner's chemical burns", Jim Boyle, June 19, 2014

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