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Is Distracted Driving a Factor in Work-Related Vehicle Accidents?

Distracted driving leads to more on-the-job accidents than driving under the influence or speeding. An important contributing factor is the use of mobile devices while traveling. Although companies forbid it, workers or salespeople tend to engage in client calls or conferences while driving. This type of distracted driving is a main cause of accidents. Despite that, the use of technology will encourage workers to utilize their phones while driving if it means they can get more work done. Distracted driving[…] Read More

Are Psychological Injuries Covered by Workers’ Compensation?

Workplace injuries are not limited to physical problems that are easy to see. Sometimes, workers experience mental injuries that require psychological treatments. However, many employees and even their managers are unsure whether these types of so-called hidden injuries can be covered by Workers’ Compensation insurance. The simple answer is that Workers’ Compensation is designed to provide short-term disability and other financial benefits to workers who have been injured during the course of doing their jobs. Under that definition, psychological injuries[…] Read More

What Are the Most Common Work Accidents?

Every occupational accident is unique in some way. Nevertheless, some types of work-related accidents happen more frequently than others. This discussion explores some of the more common workplace accidents and how to avoid them. Slip and Fall Accidents Most people have lost their footing on a slippery or uneven surface. Most of the time, we can recover without injury. However, slipping happens quite a bit on job sites where the ground is slick or otherwise difficult to navigate. These places[…] Read More

How Does a Workers’ Compensation Settlement Work?

Nearly three million on-the-job accidents happen across the United States every year, according to figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Though most workplace accidents are not fatal, they can still be costly. Even a minor employee injury could require extensive and expensive treatment, including surgery, physical therapy, and time away from work. The good news for most working Pennsylvanians is that they are covered by their employers’ Workers’ Compensation insurance. Workers’ Compensation is a type of no-fault insurance.[…] Read More

What Are Common Injuries for Restaurant Workers?

It is risky to work in the food service industry. Restaurant and bar occupations can involve many obvious and hidden dangers, owing to the nature of being around hot food, wet floors, and sharp objects. Fortunately, part-time, full-time, and seasonal employees who get hurt on the job can apply for Workers’ Compensation benefits. According to national averages, a single restaurant can expect to receive four Workers’ Compensation claims annually, amounting to more than $45,000. Yet avoiding accidents in the first[…] Read More

How Can Workers’ Compensation Help Injured Coal Miners?

Approximately 44,000 adults work as coal miners across the United States. Roughly 40 percent of coal miners come from Pennsylvania. In fact, for centuries, Pennsylvania has been a leader in many types of mining. Like many physical occupations, mining can be highly dangerous. That means coal miners are at a statistically higher risk of getting hurt or killed on the job than other types of workers. Although they can rely on Workers’ Compensation in the event of a workplace accident,[…] Read More

Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Tree Trimming Injuries?

Professional tree trimmers and landscapers regularly help homeowners and property managers improve the curb appeal of their real estate. In doing so, they put themselves in situations that can make them more apt to experience on-the-job accidents, including tree trimming injuries. These injuries may be minor or catastrophic. Either way, seasonal, part-time, and full-time employees of tree trimming and landscaping service companies are protected and supported by Workers’ Compensation benefits. What are the Most Commonly Reported Tree Trimming Injuries? Tree[…] Read More

What Types of Orthopedic Injuries can Workers Sustain?

Workplace injuries happen, including to people whose jobs seem comfortable and safe. Even if you work in an office at a desk all day, you could end up with an orthopedic problem. In fact, orthopedic injuries are the reason for many Workers’ Compensation claims. The term orthopedics corresponds to anything related to your muscles, bones, joints, and related tissues. For example, a twisted ankle would be an orthopedic injury. The same is true of a torn rotator cuff, plantar fasciitis,[…] Read More

How can Common Warehouse Accidents be Prevented?

Warehouses can be prone to accidents because they are usually large areas where heavy stock is constantly being moved about.  Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has many rules in place to ensure warehouse safety, employers can concentrate on a few areas to avoid most accidents. Some of the most common accidents in warehouses include the following: Slip and fall accidents. Employers can be thoughtful about the flooring that is present in the warehouse. Although polished concrete floors[…] Read More

Are Stress and Anxiety Covered under Workers’ Compensation?

Businesses with at least one employee are required to participate in Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation system. Often, when a person thinks of Workers’ Compensation, they may immediately think of a physical injury on the job that caused the employee to be unable to work. Most people know that to collect Workers’ Compensation payments, the worker must be injured while on the job or in the course of work. More complex questions arise when the employee suffers from a mental injury because[…] Read More