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Keep An Eye Out For Eye Injury

dugan.jpgAuthor Ursula Le Guin wrote, "We scarcely know how much of our pleasure and interest in life comes to us through our eyes until we have to do without them." Your eyes are so important - wouldn't you want to protect them, especially at work?

4 workplace injuries that peak in the summer

Facing a serious injury is always difficult, even if you will be able to count on financial assistance through workers' compensation benefits. When it comes to the summer months, there are many dangers that increase the risk of on-the-job injuries. Some seasonal risks are related to the weather and others are not, however, these are the four injuries that arise the most during the summer season and represent the greatest danger to workers.

Hyperthermia

The more common term for hyperthermia is heat stroke, and it is very serious. Working in the sun and being exposed to extreme heat can cause major bodily functions to shut down. The situation is potentially deadly, but it can be easily avoided. To reduce the chance of suffering heat stroke injuries, employee should not work without shade nearby, take frequent breaks, keep water on hand and avoid working alone. These steps are vital, as hyperthermia typically falls under the scope of liability for employers.

Stay Safe This Fourth of July

Fourth of July SafetyIndependence Day has a lot to offer in Western Pennsylvania - from fireworks displays to cookouts to family road trips, this summer holiday is a family favorite for a reason. However, it's also a holiday that comes with its fair share of risks. In 2014 alone, an estimated 10,500 firework injuries were treated in emergency rooms across the country. And that's just one activity!

Where can I learn more about workers' compensation?

Workers' compensation benefits are among the most important benefits for any employee in any job, because they let the employee know that they will not be left ruined in the event of an accident or on-the-job injury. However, as important as workers' compensation benefits are, they can also be very difficult for employees to understand.

PA Workers' Compensation Changes for 2016

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Recently, the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation & Workplace Safety 2015 Annual Report was published through the PA Department of Labor & Industry Bureau of Workers' Compensation. This report, which outlines changes made to the Bureau in 2015, is important for anybody who has been injured on the job to understand. But we know very few people want to wade through an 88-page government report - which is where we here at Dugan & Associates come in! Here are a few of the major changes you should be aware of:

OSHA fines subcontractor more than $200,000

We often talk about how workers' compensation benefits are among the most important rights for any employee in the United States, but it is also important to remember another crucial ally of employees everywhere: OSHA. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a part of the Department of Labor, and it exists primarily to safeguard the well-being of workers, often by ensuring that safety features and regulations are in place to protect employees.

Injured in an accident some Personal Injury terms

Personal Injury - is the broad label of the law that lawyers give to cases where someone was Injured in an Accident. Accidents happen. Some could have or should have been prevented. Your life can change in an instant. We see it way too often here at Dugan & Associates.

An on-the-job injury could mean a personal injury claim

Many people are aware that workers' compensation benefits can help cover the costs associated with any injuries suffered on the job, but for some people, workers' compensation benefits are not enough. Depending on the injury, the healthcare costs might be extremely high, and it may be impossible for the victim to ever return to work. Such serious injuries require a much more comprehensive and extensive amount of compensation and, depending on the circumstances, that compensation could come from a personal injury claim.

Legal assistance with Pennsylvania workers' compensation

Depending on where you work or in what industry, your chances of suffering an injury on the job may be relatively low or extremely high. Additionally, depending on the work you do, the types of injuries that you are most likely to experience may change. Regardless of the type of injury or likelihood, however, it may surprise you to learn that you are likely covered by workers' compensation benefits if you are a full-time employee.

Pennsylvania's statute of limitations for workers' comp

Nearly every facet of the law has some kind of statute of limitations, and workers' compensation benefits are no exception. Statutes of limitations exist for many reasons, but one of the most important is to maintain the integrity of evidence. Evidence can come in the form of witness testimony, photographs, physical injuries and much more, and it is possibly the most important aspect of any case. Evidence is important for workers' compensation cases in order for injured workers to prove the extent of their injuries and the circumstances under which they were suffered.

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