Many U.S. states are using their workers' compensation programs to help slow the overprescribing of opioid prescriptions for injured workers. In addition, they are also trying to help those workers who are already addicted to the drugs avoid consequences that can include death.
Pennsylvania's governor's office released a statement this week announcing a 6.21 percent decrease in workers' compensation rates. The decrease is expected to save businesses in the state about $150 million.
Many of the cities in Pennsylvania were built around specific industries, like manufacturing plants and steel mills -- and many of those industries are still thriving today.
If you're injured in an accident during your commute to or from work, normally workers' compensation won't cover those injuries. Your daily commute isn't usually considered part of the job.
Being injured on the job is stressful, emotional, overwhelming and downright difficult to handle. If you've never been hurt on the job in the past, a first-time injury can be very scary, even if it is not severe. Any time you spend out of work because of an injury or illness caused by the job is frightening. You start to doubt whether you will return to work in the future. If you have suffered an injury on the job, here is how to start a workers' compensation claim.
Many professionals who work in Pennsylvania do so as independent contractors instead of full-time employees. There has been an increase in the number of businesses hiring "independent contractors" rather than full-time workers. In reality, however, these workers are anything but independent. In many cases, employers are improperly classifying workers as independent contractors to avoid incurring tax and insurance costs. This can be a major problem for misclassified workers who are injured on the job.
By the time you start your shift, you're already in the weeds. The hostess just sat a four-top in your section, but the lovey-dovey couple lingering over their pie and coffee seem to have taken out a lease on their table. As you pass by with the coffee pot for yet another free refill, you fail to notice that the toddler with the distracted parents of two other, older kids has managed to remove the lid from his lemonade and spilled it all over the himself, the table and - most unfortunately - your path. Down you go, with hot coffee splashed all over your arms, legs and upper chest area.
If you are injured on the job, the first thing you need to do is seek medical care for all of your injuries.
When a worker in Pennsylvania becomes injured on-the-job and cannot report to work for some time, financial stability is suddenly a real-world issue. The concept of receiving one large lump sum workers' compensation payment is quite seductive. Access to such funds can solve a great many problems injured workers face in the aftermath of a workplace injury.
In 2015, the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers' Compensation recorded 166,102 reported cases of work-related injuries and illnesses. However, each year, a large number of workers' compensation claims get denied. While you would think that the process for receiving benefits would be straightforward, too often it becomes mired in confusion, and as a result, many rightful workers' compensation claims are denied by employers or their insurance companies. The following are three tips for handling the process for workers' compensation claims: