Horrific attacks in the workplace have become an all-too-common story on our local and national news broadcasts. We generally don't hear about them unless multiple people are assaulted or killed. However, workplace violence takes place across the country every day. According to statistics from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, almost 2 million people every year are injured or worse as the result of workplace violence.
Most Pennsylvanians who have been injured on the job want to get back to work as soon as possible. However, in many cases, their doctors place some restrictions on the types of duties they can perform or the number of hours they can work, at least temporarily. This is particularly true if a job involves physical labor such as lifting.
In Pennsylvania, if you are injured on the job or develop a medical condition because of your job duties, you are entitled to workers' compensation. However, since the law in this area is very complex, you may have heard some things about workers' compensation that are simply not true. As a result, you may be discouraged from seeking the benefits that you are entitled to by law.
When you're hurt while at work, you may already understand that you're entitled to workers' compensation. What you may not know is how much compensation you'll be entitled to or the kinds of benefits you'll be able to claim. These are some of the benefits you can expect if you're injured or left with a disability due to your workplace accident.
The Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers' Compensation states that benefits may be available if an individual's work causes a disease, illness or injury. Yet according to a recent article, workers who suffer illnesses from exposure to toxic chemicals may face obstacles in obtaining benefits.
Having your workers' compensation claim denied is not the end of the world. Indeed, at Wolf Baldwin & Associates, PC, this is exactly the reason why many of our clients come to us. They tried to fill out the necessary paperwork and file their workers' comp claim on their own, but were met with rejection.
Many Pennsylvanians may not realize that the American Medical Association's Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment are used to determine their workers' compensation benefits. Since these guidelines are updated and changed from time to time, a person who suffers a work-related injury or illness that makes him or her eligible for disability benefits needs to make sure that his or her benefits are being paid in accordance with the correct version of the AMA guidelines. While it might seem like the most current ones would be applicable, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania just ruled differently.
Traumatic brain injuries are notoriously difficult to deal with because the human brain is still shrouded in a great deal of mystery. Neurologists and other kinds of scientists are always studying the brain in the hopes of helping those with these kinds of injuries lead more rounded lives. Another reason for such in-depth study is determining the causes of brain injuries as well as what factors mean a greater risk, both for the Pennsylvania workforce and other residents of the state.
When Pennsylvania workers are injured on their jobs, there are more problems to worry about many times than just the medical issues. Financial issues can also be a problem, especially if the worker is out of work for a significant period of time. That's where workers' compensation comes in, though.
If you have ever been injured on the job or become sick because of the work you do, you know that workers' compensation laws are not always clear and concise. They are full of pitfalls that can make it difficult, if not impossible, to claim your injury or illness. One of those injuries could very well be a crush injury.