Hazleton is a city known historically as an anthracite coal town. Immigrants from all over Europe flocked to the community in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with the dream of finding steady employment in the region’s many mining operations. The surrounding scenery consists of strip-mined mountains and abandoned coal pits from the once booming industry.
Coal is still a major industry in this southern Luzerne County city in northeastern Pennsylvania. The residents of the community have a generation’s long reputation of possessing a strong blue-collar ethic.
The city itself has a population of 25,340 people as of the 2010 census while the Greater Hazleton Area, which includes the surrounding area, has a population of 80,351 people. The area includes parts of Luzerne, Carbon and Schuylkill counties and is just 29 miles south of the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre metropolitan area.
The region has much more going for it today besides coal mining. CANDO and a practical highway infrastructure have made Hazleton the home of Humboldt Industrial Park. Some of the businesses that call Humboldt home include Coca-Cola, Hershey Foods, Office Max, Simmons Bedding Company, Michaels, Network Solutions, AutoZone, General Mills, WEIR Minerals, EB Brand and Amazon.com.
A regional airport and major highways such as Interstate 81 and 80 and U.S. Route 309 make the region an easy travel destination. Unfortunately, accidents can and do happen to workers while performing everyday duties on their job or traveling to and from work.
The Law Offices of Michael J. O’Connor & Associates, LLC knows the everyday concerns of the citizens of Hazleton, with its main headquarters located 22 miles south in Frackville, Pa., Schuylkill County. The firm has a long history of representing victims of industrial accidents and the like with the purpose of obtaining a fair and just outcome for the client.
Unfortunately, many companies are not truthful with their employees about how they can receive Workers’ Compensation benefits. Some workers believe they cannot afford an attorney. Potential clients never ask for legal help for this reason. It keeps many injured workers from finding out what they can do to get their benefits, and they turn instead to their company for the answers.
Workers' compensation is our firm’s main practice area. If you have been hurt on the job, taken ill, or believe you need to speak with an experienced workers' compensation attorney, you should contact us. If you believe you cannot afford an attorney, you should know that our firm works on a contingency basis. This means that you do not have to pay us anything unless we win your case.
The purpose of filing a claim is to help those who suffered an injury or disease while on the job get through a difficult period. Some of the many benefits that can help injured workers and their families include replacement income, helping pay medical expenses and vocational rehabilitation benefits, such as job placement assistance.
People can also fall victim to personal injury while traveling to work and they can become permanently unable to work because of any type of misfortune. We also provide services in other areas of law including social security disability, nursing home abuse, motorcycle accidents, personal injury, auto accidents, and other areas of practice. Our attorneys and staff also have friends or relatives that work in many of the above industries. We are rooted in sentiment toward injured workers and their families in dealing with these claims.
Please call our toll free number at 800-518-4LAW for a free consultation, or fill out our contact form and we will contact you. Let us fight for your rights. Our local office is located on 1201 North Church Street Building A, Suite 220 Hazleton, Pennsylvania 18201.