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Ignoring Workplace Ergonomics Leads to Serious Injuries

When workplaces are not ergonomically designed, employees may develop work injuries, and the most common injury is a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD). In Pennsylvania, MSDs are generally compensable under workers’ compensation. If a worker was injured due to poor or lacking workplace ergonomics, they may need a lawyer to collect the maximum amount of benefits available. What Causes Musculoskeletal Disorders? MSDs are soft tissue injuries that are often caused by overexertion, awkward postures, repetitive motions, and vibration. They account for approximately[…] Read More


Workplace Safety Tips for Postal Workers

Often, people may think that working as a postal worker is an easy job with few hardships, but nothing could be further from the truth. Postal employees experience more work injuries than any other federal employees. Approximately, 34,000 postal workers are injured each year, and about 13,000 of those injuries are directly caused by mail delivery. What is the Federal Employment Compensation Act? It is important to know that when postal workers are injured, they are subject to a different[…] Read More


Keeping Highway Construction Workers Safe

Highway construction workers face various job hazards, including heavy equipment and unsafe drivers who are distracted or speeding through work zones. Each year, approximately 100 highway construction workers are killed and 20,000 are injured in highway construction accidents, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). If a highway worker is suffering from a work injury, he or she may need an attorney to help collect the maximum amount of benefits available. What Hazards are in Highway[…] Read More


Wusinich & Sweeney, LLC Announce Franny Ryan as New Firm Partner

The legal team at Wusinich & Sweeney, LLC is excited to announce Franny Ryan as a new firm partner. Franny Ryan is an accomplished attorney with decades of experience in state and federal court. Ms. Ryan focuses on employment law, civil litigation, class actions, and discrimination matters, as well as non-compete and trade secret litigation. She has handled many cases involving sex, age, and disability discrimination and has first chair experience trying cases before juries, judges, and arbitrators. Ms. Ryan[…] Read More


Can I Receive Workers’ Compensation if I am Injured on a Lunch Break? 

In most circumstances, workers are not eligible for workers’ compensation if they are injured on break. Yet, there are factors to take into account when determining whether an injury sustained on a lunch break is eligible for compensation. What is Workers’ Compensation? First, it is important to understand what types of injuries do qualify for workers’ compensation. The idea behind workers’ compensation is to provide financial relief to those suffering from work injuries or illnesses. It may apply to repetitive[…] Read More


How to Keep Workers Safe in Extreme Heat

Working outdoors in the summer can be deadly for workers. As temperatures rise, workers are more at risk for injury, illness, and even death. The most important risk factor in heat-related illnesses is lack of acclimatization. Up to 70 percent of heat-related deaths of outdoor workers happen within the first few days of working. This is because the body needs to build up a tolerance to the elevated temperature gradually over time. Other risk factors that will increase a worker’s[…] Read More


Why Should You Always Contact a Lawyer After a Work Injury?

By law, employees that are injured at work are eligible to collect workers’ compensation benefits. In order for an employee to be able to collect benefits, he or she must have sustained an injury while performing regular work duties. Sometimes, other factors can complicate workers’ compensation claims to the point that an average worker may need to hire an experienced lawyer. How Can Hiring a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Help me? A skilled workers’ compensation lawyer knows how employers and insurance[…] Read More


Federal Law Prohibits Discrimination Against Gay and Transgender Workers, Supreme Court Rules

The Supreme Court has ruled that the broad protections from workplace discrimination in Title VII extend to gay and transgender employees, ruling that such discrimination is on the basis of sex. For the first time, every worker in the United States can enjoy protection from workplace discrimination for being gay or transgender. The Court ruled 6-3, with the majority opinion authored by Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was appointed by President Trump. “An employer who fired an individual for being homosexual[…] Read More


Retail Workers Face Many Risks Amid the Pandemic

As our world slowly combats the coronavirus, our communities have recognized essential workers. Normally, essential workers include nurses, doctors, police, and emergency responders. However, with the threat of the rapidly spreading virus and the shut-down economy, retail workers showed us that they are essential. Retail Work Essential During the Pandemic Retail work is vital for society to survive the pandemic, grocery workers and workers at stores, like Walmart or Target, are at risk. Retail workers are meeting panicked customers’ demands[…] Read More


How to Prepare a Safe Workplace

Maintaining a safe workplace is always important, especially during the COVID-19 outbreak. All occupations have safety risks, and employees should always have proper protection to help reduce work-related injuries and illnesses. Your employees should continuously feel comfortable going to work and should not have to worry about the lack of safety precautions. Employers are responsible for keeping the workplace safe and providing employees with everything they need to do their work without harming themselves or others. What Are the Benefits[…] Read More


A Message to Our Customers About Coronavirus COVID-19:
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WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Since Governor Wolf’s Order changing Chester County to green status, Wusinich & Sweeney, LLC is open for business. We are making every endeavor to keep our clients safe. If you would like to interact mainly by remote means, we can facilitate your request. Also, we have modified our office pursuant to the below COVID-19 safety plan to keep our clients as safe as possible.

COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN

FOR WUSINICH & SWEENEY, LLC

  1. Check all people’s temperatures upon entrance. Deny entrance to anyone with a fever. Inform visitors that we regret that the law requires us to deny entry to people with fevers or other symptoms, and the firm will schedule a telephone or video visit promptly.
  2. Any persons with symptoms (fever, coughing) should stay home.
  3. Stagger work/meeting times to minimize number of persons in the office at once.
  4. All employees and visitors must wear masks except when office is empty or when sitting at own desk.
  5. Make soap and water and hand sanitizer available for all.
  6. All employees and visitors must maintain social distancing while in building.
  7. Use plastic sneeze guards at front desk and in conference room.
  8. IN CASE OF EXPOSURE TO PERSON WITH PROBABLE OR CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19:
    1. Close off areas visited by infected person.
    2. Open outside doors and windows and use fans, if possible, to circulate air.
    3. Wait 24 hours or as long as practical and then clean and sanitize all affected areas.
    4. Identify people who were in close contact (within six feet for more than ten minutes) and follow CDC guidelines.