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Construction sites can contain multiple hazards

In Pennsylvania, construction workers are injured every year in accidents that may have been prevented if greater safety precautions had been taken or better measures had been put in place to protect the workers. Unfortunately, many employers neglect their obligations to their workers by failing to maintain a safe working environment or ignoring reports of hazards and concerns within the workplace.

Industrial accidents can happen to anyone

Workers in Pennsylvania know that being injured at work can be extremely inconvenient. However, most are also aware that they may be able to claim compensation for such an injury. While this does not make up for being hurt, it can at least reduce the financial impact of the incident. Even so, something not everyone realizes is that there are various ways to win compensation for workplace injuries.

Can you sue your employer for an injury?

In Pennsylvania, as is the case anywhere in the United States, having to take time off work to recover from an injury can be extremely inconvenient. You may have to go without wages while you are healing and you might even need to cover hefty medical bills. Unfortunately, everyone has to take time off at some point. However, if this is due to an accident that occurred at work, you may be entitled to compensation.

Not all injuries are covered by workers' compensation

As every worker in Pennsylvania knows, when things start to go wrong at work, it can be extremely stressful. This can be even more the case, if the issue that arises results in an accident. You and other employees could be at risk of injury and may even have to take time off work to recover. This, in turn, can have a significant impact on your financial situation. Fortunately, you might be able to claim workers' compensation.

Pennsylvania aims to reduce construction zone accidents

Every year in Pennsylvania, tragic accidents claim the lives of construction workers or leave them seriously injured. To make things worse, many of these accidents are completely preventable. Such incidents often occur to inadequate workplace safety measures, poor training or someone's negligence. Sadly, it is often innocent people who pay the price.

Exposure to silica dust could harm your health

When workers in Pennsylvania fall ill, this can be a huge financial worry as it may mean they need to take time off work to recover. This in turn can result in a loss of wages, which is even more of an issue when combined with mounting medical bills. To make things worse, many of these workers acquire their illnesses as a result of doing their job. Others have existing conditions that are exacerbated by their jobs to the extent that they are no longer able to work.

Do employers have to provide workers' compensation cover?

Suffering an injury at work can be extremely inconvenient, especially if it means you need to take time off to recover. The loss of wages can be a particular problem, and combined with medical bills can put a significant financial strain on you and your family. Sadly, it is something that many workers in Pennsylvania experience at one time or another. Fortunately, many jobs are covered by workers' compensation legislation, meaning that you may be able to claim some of your costs back.

The clock starts ticking after a workplace injury

If you were injured on the job in Pennsylvania, filing a workers' compensation claim may be the last thing on your mind. After all, you already have more than enough to worry about. You have to schedule medical appointments, complete recommended treatment, figure out how to pay the bills that keep piling up, take care of your children - and the list goes on. It's hard to think beyond the immediate necessities of life.

However, filing a workers' compensation claim is likely to be one of the best things you can do right now. Workers' compensation can potentially provide the medical benefits you need to recover. It can also provide the money you need to keep putting food on your family's table. It's worth it to file a claim.

But here's the catch: You have time limits. The clock starts ticking after your accident or illness, so you need to act as soon as possible.

It is not usually possible to sue over a workplace injury

In Pennsylvania, industrial accidents are more common than many people realize. Sadly, it is all too easy for accidents to occur, especially if someone in your workplace is careless or negligent. Furthermore, if there are unaddressed hazards in your work environment, or you have not been supplied with adequate safety equipment, you could be at risk of serious injuries or worse.

Traumatic brain injury and workers' compensation

Pennsylvania workers should be aware that a traumatic brain injury in the workplace is a danger no matter where they work. Falls are increasingly responsible for fatalities resulting from brain injuries and are on their way to overtaking automobile accidents as the major cause.

Workplace accidents do not just happen at hazardous work sites. They can also occur in an office. An individual can slip and hit their head on a desk or on the floor.

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