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Can I Be Fired for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

If you have filed a claim for workers’ compensation and then fired, you should know that this kind of retaliation is illegal. Contact a lawyer who can explain your rights under the law and help you defend them. In Pennsylvania, firing someone purely because they were injured or filed a claim is prohibited. Additionally, employers may not discriminate or retaliate against workers who file for workers’ compensation benefits by demoting, reassigning, denying a promotion, reducing benefits, or otherwise penalizing them.[…] Read More

Traumatic Brain Injuries and Workers’ Compensation: What to Know?

Accidents can occur at any time in the bustling world of labor and industry. When these accidents result in traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), the consequences can be devastating, affecting not only one’s health but also their ability to work. Fortunately, a system exists to support those injured on the job – workers’ compensation. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) refer to sudden physical damage to the brain caused by an external force. This could be a violent blow, jolt, or skull penetration.[…] Read More

No Witnesses to My Work Injury – Will This Impact My Claim?

Suffering a work-related injury can be confusing, leaving you with many questions with few answers. Most questions revolve around whether or not your workers’ compensation claim can be approved. To do so, you may have different sources of evidence to substantiate your claim, including the eyewitness account. However, is your claim likely to be denied if you do not have any eyewitness accounts for your injury? Fortunately, Pennsylvania follows a no-fault workers’ compensation program. A no-fault program means an employee[…] Read More

Conflicting Medical Opinions of My Work Injury – What Will Happen to My Claim?

A work injury can be frustrating and difficult for you and your family. When you are injured at work, the severity of the injury and the timeframe when you can return to work may come into question, likely by your employer. When this happens, your employer may request that you get a second opinion from another doctor. However, if that second opinion conflicts with the original opinion, your workers’ compensation claim may be in jeopardy. When you get a second[…] Read More

Can Seasonal Employees Collect Workers’ Compensation?

Seasonal employees are vital to the operations of many businesses, but they are afforded different benefits than a full-time workers. Even though seasonal employees work fewer hours, they are not entirely immune to injury. Seasonal employees may be more susceptible to injury because they need more experience and training. So, it is fair to wonder if a seasonal employee is covered under workers’ compensation benefits like full-time employees. In Pennsylvania, almost all employees are covered under workers’ compensation benefits, including part-time,[…] Read More

Can I Sue My Employer for Not Providing Safety Training?

Some occupations are more dangerous than others and require safety training. Although employers owe a duty of care to their workers, it is not unusual for them to provide inadequate programs. No matter the employee’s responsibilities, proper training is essential. It should be an ongoing process, with instructional meetings, monitoring, and continuing education. Some of the most critical areas that should be covered include: Adequate supervision Details about risk information Educating the employee about the job’s demands Information about safety[…] Read More

How Much Time Will I Get to Recover From a Repetitive Stress Injury With Workers’ Compensation?

Repetitive stress injuries (RSI) are among the most common workplace injuries. These occur from repeating the same motion repeatedly, whether typing on a keyboard, scanning items at a cash register, or performing another similar action every day for hours. Every RSI is different. As with any workplace injury, you more than likely will be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits while you recover. However, your workers’ compensation claim may be challenging to prove because RSIs heal differently. Fortunately, there are[…] Read More

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