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.
Independence 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 in emergency rooms across the country. And that's just one activity!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.