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U.S. Steel Sued for Workplace Fatality

On January 31, 2014, a U.S. Steel employee, 64-year-old Russell Brown, was killed in a workplace accident. The accident happened at the U.S. Steel’s Clairton plant in Pittsburgh when Brown fell into water that was more than 150 degrees. The lawsuit has been filed by Brown’s daughter, Lisa Marie Coultas, accusing several companies of negligence when they were contracted by U.S. Steel to replace ovens that had begun in 2007. The lawsuit names Onex Construction and Onex Refractories, Graycor Blasting Co., Graycor Industrial Constructors Inc., Graycor Construction Co. Inc., Power Piping Co., and Stevens Engineers and Constructors Inc. as the defendants, claiming wrongful death and failing to provide adequate guardrails, climbing assistance devices, and trench covers.

The average amount of time spent by Americans at their place of employment is over 40 hours a week. Police officers, firefighters, and construction workers are considered occupations that are dangerous. However, any worker can be injured in a work-related accident. In Missouri, all companies with five or more employees must carry worker’s compensation insurance in the event that a workplace accident occurs. Injured workers are provided worker’s insurance benefits in the form of medical coverage and replacement of lost wages. Unfortunately, those wages are replaced at a rate of 66.6% of the worker’s weekly wage. To obtain the compensation that you deserve, it is crucial to speak with a skilled worker’s compensation lawyer.

At Meyerkord & Kurth, the St. Louis worker’s compensation attorneys believe you should not have to suffer financial damages due to the deficit of wage replacement. We will work diligently to recover the compensation you deserve for your damages. Our attorneys will fight to hold any employer responsible for your work-related accident, by obtaining justice for your case. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a workplace accident, contact us today for a free no-obligation consultation.

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