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.
There are a lot of dangerous jobs out there. A requirement for employers to better protect workers is to provide "personal protective equipment" (PPE) when necessary.
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:
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.