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


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


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


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


How is First Aid Being Delivered to Injured Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

First aid has become much more complicated because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The quick spread of the novel coronavirus has caused concern for people who work in dangerous jobs, the attendants who care for their injuries, and businesses that must continue operating. How Serious is the Injury? The severity of the injury determines the initial response. For example, a worker who is slightly ill or not injured badly may be asked to assess the situation on their own. This makes[…] Read More


Psychological Effects Caused by Work-Related Injuries Must Be Addressed

When an employee is injured or suffers from an illness related to certain conditions at work, most often they are eligible to file for a workers’ compensation claim. However, employees must prove that the injury or illness directly stemmed from conditions at work. Many may think that physical injuries are more prevalent than psychological injuries. However, studies indicate that physical injuries often lead to mental health issues that are just as catastrophic. Workers’ Compensation and Mental Health Side Effects One[…] Read More


Is Hearing Loss Covered Under Workers’ Compensation?

Hearing loss is indeed covered under workers’ compensation. Of course, workers must demonstrate that the hearing loss is associated with the conditions in their workplace. This could be due to trauma to the head or ear or from long-term exposure to loud noise. In some industries, it may be easier than in others to prove that hearing loss is tied to their employment. How the injury was caused, and the severity of the hearing impairment will affect how much workers’[…] Read More


Hazards of Welding Work

Welding work is physically demanding and the work environment can be extremely hazardous. For these reasons, it is not surprising that welders have one of the most dangerous jobs within the United States. Welders must be extra cautious while on the job. Even when practicing safety measures, work injuries can still happen. Some injuries are more common among welders. If a welder becomes injured on the job, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation. Working with Intense Heat Causes Severe[…] 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.