Personal Injury Lawyer
Hazleton, PA

When you are injured at work, an attorney can protect your rights

You've been hurt on the job. What are your options?

Attorney Edward McNelis knows it is the responsibility of employers to keep their employees safe. He has been proudly representing hard-working men and women in Greater Hazleton since 1982. McNelis Law handles workers' compensation claims as well as third-party personal injury claims arising from workplace accidents.

Depending on the workplace and type of job, employees can suffer many different types of injuries. Some injuries can occur quickly, while others develop over years. These include:

  • Musculoskeletal injuries (for example, sprains and strains)
  • Repetitive stress injuries (such as carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Hearing or vision loss
  • Respiratory disorders (from breathing hazardous fumes)
  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord injuries

If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you can file a claim under the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act. This is designed to pay medical expenses for workers who have been hurt on the job. Likewise, if you are unable to work because of the injury, you can be partially compensated for the loss in wages until you are able to return. Workers' compensation is a no-fault system; as long as the injury happened while you were on the job, you're entitled to benefits, even if you caused the accident.

What industry are you in?

While workplace accidents can happen at any company, some jobs are more dangerous than others. Greater Hazleton is home to many companies in industries where the jobs can be risky, many of which are located in Humboldt Industrial Park, Crestwood Industrial Park or Valmont Industrial Park. These industries include:

An experienced attorney can help you with your workers' compensation claim to ensure you are getting all of the benefits you deserve. Claims can be denied, and your employer could challenge some of the medical care you receive. Attorney Edward McNelis knows the workers' compensation laws, and will strike back against any attempts to deny needed medical treatment or pay you less than the wage compensation you should be getting.

You can't sue your employer after a workplace accident - that's why they're required to give you workers' compensation instead. But you may be able to take legal action against a third party (that is, someone other than your employer) who was responsible for your workplace injury. For example, you might have a case against a contractor on a job site who acted negligently or the manufacturer of defective equipment that injured you. If you were driving as part of your job, you may be able to sue a driver who caused an accident. Attorney McNelis can advise you of your options.

If you've been hurt on the job, don't delay. Contact us right away. We can help you file your claim as soon as possible, so you can start receiving benefits and focus on your recovery.

You've worked hard. When you're injured in a workplace accident, you deserve to be fairly compensated. Reach out to McNelis Law to learn how we can help you. Call today for a free consultation.


The meatpacking industry is responsible for the slaughter, processing, packaging and distribution of meat from animals such as cattle and pigs. Meatpacking companies located in the Hazleton area include Cargill and USA Pork Packers.

Employees in this industry work at a fast pace in risky environments. They spend many hours repeating the same tasks, work with machinery and on factory floors that can get slippery.

Common injuries seen in people employed in this industry include repetitive stress injuries, back pain and slip-and-fall injuries. They also face the risk of cuts and losing or damaging a limb in machinery.

The meatpacking industry is notorious for subjecting employees to difficult working conditions. You have legal rights, and if they've been violated, we'll help you strike back. Contact McNelis Law today for a free case evaluation.

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Warehouse Distribution

Distribution warehouses sort, store and ship a company's merchandise. Companies with distribution warehouses in the Hazleton area include Amazon and American Eagle Outfitters.

Workers at distribution warehouses are under constant pressure to do their jobs as quickly as possible. They repeatedly move pallets of merchandise off of trucks, onto loading docks and onto shelves, then put orders together and ship the merchandise.

Musculoskeletal injuries and repetitive stress injuries are common. Workers can also be injured in slips and falls or in forklift accidents.

Distribution centers can be dangerous places to work. You have a right to compensation if you've been hurt. Contact attorney Edward McNelis today. He'll help you strike back.

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Factories or manufacturing plants make the products that a company later sells. Manufacturers in the Hazleton area include Graham Packaging and Serta Simmons Bedding.

Manufacturing is often an assembly line process that poses many dangers. Employees may work with machinery and hazardous materials.

Workers in this industry experience a wide range of injuries, including hearing loss, repetitive stress injuries, and musculoskeletal injuries. They may also suffer skin disorders and respiratory problems from being exposed to hazardous chemicals.

Don't try to face the workers' compensation insurance company alone after a manufacturing accident. Reach out to McNelis Law today.

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Food Production

The food production industry makes, processes and packages food products. Food production companies in the Hazleton area include Hershey and Bimbo Bakeries.

The work in this industry is usually physically demanding and repetitive. Employees may work with different types of machines and other industrial equipment.

Musculoskeletal injuries and repetitive stress injuries are common. Workers in this industry also face the risk of slips and falls and cuts from equipment.

People who work in food production have a right to a safe work environment - and when their employers fall short of that standard, they have a right to compensation. Attorney Edward McNelis can help.

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A healthcare facility is any place that provides medical care for patients. This includes hospitals, clinics, doctor's offices and specialized care centers. Healthcare facilities in the Hazleton area include Lehigh Valley Hospital and the Manor at St. Luke Village, a nursing home.

Healthcare workers face many risks and their work day can be unpredictable. They work with immobile patients, sharp instruments and are regularly exposed to body fluids and toxins.

Musculoskeletal injuries, bruise, cuts and punctures are common. They may also become sick after being exposed to disease.

You put your health on the line for the sake of others. If you've been hurt, Edward McNelis will help you strike back. Call today for a free consultation.

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