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Pittsburgh Workers' Compensation Law Blog

Are illnesses covered by workers' compensation?

Most Pennsylvania workers know that workers' compensation covers injuries and even fatalities that occur as a result of a work-related incident. However, did you know that workers' comp is also, by law, required to cover work-related illnesses?

Coverage for work-related illnesses

There are certain occupational illnesses that PA specifically recognizes. These illnesses and the workers covered include:

A "race to the bottom" for workers' compensation systems?

The Department of Labor (DOL) has noticed a disturbing trend among state governments, a "race to the bottom" for workers' compensation benefits and coverage. This recent trend has shocked the agency so much that it is calling for funds to launch a study into the effects of this trend and the federal government's role in it. The DOL is asking for installing minimum federal benefits to stave off this trend and ensure that workers are adequately protected.

Dealing with unsafe working conditions according to OSHA

Workplace accidents are common heavy industries like construction and manufacturing. The working environment is not always as safe as it should be. In some cases the employer is responsible for the accident, while the employees could also have a part to play. Several factors may combine to cause workplace accidents that could lead to severe injuries for the workforce. The federal government has established laws that employers must follow to protect their employees from accidents.

Can You Retire While On Workers' Compensation?

retirement.jpgIf you are a worker who is nearing the end of your career, you can still suffer work-related injury that prevents you from performing your job. If you do, you may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. But what happens when the time comes to finally retire, but you're still receiving workers' compensation?

Are you a coal mine worker who suffers from black lung disease?

Employees have the right to safe working conditions and protective equipment. The law requires employers to take considerable steps to make sure employees are provided with all the necessary equipment. Workplace injuries are common in industrial environments, and employees have the right to claim compensation if they get injured. Some industries are more dangerous than others and may have a bad effect on the health of the employees. Workplace illnesses are caused due to unsafe working conditions. In most cases, workplace illnesses are caused due to exposure to unsafe working conditions for long periods of time.

Repetitive trauma due to working conditions

Employers have a duty to protect their employees from workplace injuries. The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA) requires all employers to take considerable steps to keep employees safe. But in some cases, injuries are difficult to avoid. Some injuries take place gradually with time and show symptoms after months, or even years. One of these workplace illnesses is repetitive stress injury.

Repetitive trauma is a complex workplace injury of the nervous system caused due to repetitive use of the same muscle. Doing to same work for several years may result in repetitive stress injuries. In some cases, awkward positioning can also lead to repetitive trauma. People working in an office environment often complain about this disease. Awkward sitting positions can lead to back injuries which are an example of repetitive stress injury. Typing for several hours a day could lead to an injury called carpal tunnel syndrome, which is an example of repetitive trauma. People working in industrial environments often complain about other repetitive trauma injuries like the tennis elbow or radial tunnel syndrome. These injuries are caused due to vigorous use of the same muscle for several years.

Construction workers face silicosis due to working conditions

Workplace injuries can be painful and difficult to deal with for the employer. It may result in the employee needing some time off work. The employer must also pay for the medical expenses of the injured employee. Injuries are often dealt with quickly, and employees return back to work as soon as possible. On the other hand, occupational illnesses are often caused because of long term working conditions.

Dealing with construction site injuries

Working in the construction industry increases the probability of serious injury while on the job. Falling objects and electrocutions are some of the major causes of injuries on construction sites. You might be eligible for benefits and compensation if you're injured at a construction work site.

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