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Common On-the-Job Injuries Experienced by Tree Trimmers

During warmer weather, tree trimming becomes routine across Pennsylvania in residential, business, government, and public spaces. However, many people do not consider the dangers of tree trimming. Tree trimmers are at high risk of getting hurt on the job. When an injury happens, they can apply for workers’ compensation benefits. Tree trimming requires workers to operate plenty of sharp tools and equipment, often at heights above ground level and in hot temperatures. As a result, tree trimmers can end up[…] Read More

What Are Common Injuries in Postal Workers?

Postal workers work under tight deadlines, and many have high-stress jobs. Because of this, they are at risk of injury. Postal workers who experience on-the-job injuries may be able to file for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation helps pay for a portion of an injured employee’s lost wages and all medical bills related to the workplace injury. However, sometimes it is necessary for postal workers who have been hurt at work to retain the services of a lawyer if their[…] Read More

What Are Common Injuries Among Waste Management Workers?

Waste management can be a dangerous job. Working with waste exposes workers to various hazards, from toxic chemicals and sharp objects to airborne bacteria and disease-carrying pests. In addition to waste exposure, employees in waste management frequently work around heavy equipment and machinery. Because their job requires commitment in all weather conditions, they may need to navigate slippery surfaces, such as icy walkways or sleet-coated streets. And occasionally, waste workers may encounter aggressive animals. With so many hazards around them,[…] Read More

Is Post-Concussion Syndrome Covered Under Workers’ Compensation?

Workplace accidents happen regularly throughout Pennsylvania. Some end with workers experiencing head-related injuries. Yet, what some employees underestimate is that even injuries that seem minor and may not appear to be serious can cause long-term problems. Among those problems is a condition known as post-concussion syndrome. Because post-concussion syndrome does not present itself immediately, it can pose issues in terms of receiving workers’ compensation benefits to cover the medical fees and lost wages associated with treatment. This is why it[…] Read More

Will I Have to Be Careful of Surveillance While I am Recovering From a Work Injury?

The workers’ compensation system protects covered employees who suffer work-related injuries and illnesses, and this insurance can provide compensation for medical expenses and lost time from work. Employees and employers can benefit from the system, but things do not always operate smoothly. The providers frequently challenge, delay, or deny claims, and one method they use to make these determinations is surveillance. These individuals are basically private investigators who keep tabs on claimants. The insurance companies hire them, and they use[…] Read More

How Can I Prove My Heart Attack Was Caused by My Job?

Every state has workers’ compensation benefits that cover the medical bills and a portion of lost wages of injured workers. Sometimes, the injury is obvious and is caused by your work; a slip leads to a sprained ankle, or a fall from a ladder causes a broken bone. What about other injuries that could happen on the job, like a heart attack? Injuries covered by workers’ compensation insurance must show that they arose out of and in the course of[…] Read More

What Types of Construction Accidents Are Caused by Heavy Equipment?   

On large-scale construction sites, heavy equipment plays a vital role, decreasing building time significantly and increasing productivity. However, heavy machinery, such as cranes, backhoes, dump trucks, and loaders, also pose a significant danger to those working with and around them. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one of the leading causes of severe injuries and fatalities on construction sites is the use of heavy equipment and machinery. Noisy and crowded jobsites make it difficult for workers[…] Read More

Can I Choose My Own Treatment Plan After a Workplace Accident?

After a workplace accident, the injured worker must be seen by a doctor to get an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment plan. It is important to note that in Pennsylvania, you must see an employer-approved doctor within the first 90 days of treatment. The employer must also establish a list of at least six designated health care providers for the employee, and the employee is required to visit one of them or another designated physician. The employee must continue to[…] Read More

Can I Collect Workers’ Compensation if I Get Injured on a Business Trip?

Every state has workers’ compensation laws that will pay for a worker’s medical bills and a portion of lost wages should they become injured or fall ill at their place of employment. Workers’ compensation is no-fault, meaning negligence does not have to be a factor in order for workers to collect benefits. What happens if a worker’s injury or illness occurred while they were on a business trip? Is it possible to still collect workers’ compensation benefits? If you are[…] Read More

Can I Collect Workers’ Compensation for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition caused by inflammation of the passageway that surrounds the median nerve that provides sensation to the hands. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a compensable injury if you can show your condition is directly related to your workplace. Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company may try to deny your claim by saying your injury originated somewhere else, such as a sport you play regularly outside of work. Contact an experienced lawyer right away if your[…] Read More