No matter what job they are doing, workers face a host of hazards when they are performing their job duties. Employers ideally should take steps to identify hazardous conditions and determine how to minimize them. When employers fail to minimize the hazards, workers can suffer. But, unfortunately, employees can be injured even when employers do everything they can to minimize potential risks.
Sometimes, workers are skeptical of letting their employer know about an accident that caused an injury. There are many reasons for this but many are concerned with what the employer might do after the report is made. Just to be clear: Employers can't retaliate against employees just because of an injury or accident report and subsequent workers' compensation claim.
There are many injuries that can lead to worker's compensation claims. The important thing to remember about these is that the workers who suffer the injuries should be able to turn to workers' compensation for medical care and disability wage replacement benefits when applicable.
The workers' compensation program helps workers who need to get medical care or who are unable to work due to a work-related injury. There are often questions that come up about what types of injuries are compensable. There isn't a lot of room for doubt when you are trying to answer this question.
Workers' compensation coverage for employees is based on several factors. One of the most basic is whether the injury that occurs is compensable or not. This is important because any injury that doesn't meet the requirements isn't going to get an approval for benefits from workers' compensation.
As an employee, you have specific rights in the workplace. Your employer has specific responsibilities. If you are hurt at work, you should make sure that you know what these are because this can have a big impact on what you are able to do afterwards.
Work-related injuries are often due to lax safety procedures and negligence. There isn't any good reason why workers who get hurt on the job should have to be the ones to cover the costs of the medical care and the loss of income that might follow a serious injury. This is the reason why workers' compensation insurance coverage is so important.
If you've received a total disability award in your workers' compensation claim, your impairment rating will be a key component in your continued receipt of those benefits. Although you may be able to receive disability benefits indefinitely under Pennsylvania's workers' compensation laws, after two years of benefits, you'll likely have to have your impairment rating evaluated.
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.