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Report construction injuries as soon as possible

Most workers in Pennsylvania are aware of many of the potential hazards of their job, particularly if they work in an industry like construction. No matter how skilled or diligent you are, accidents can still happen and the consequences can often be severe. You may be left with serious injuries that not only may hinder your return to work, but could also cause you to accumulate costly medical bills.

How does OSHA affect you?

Most workers in Pennsylvania already know that they have certain rights at work regarding their safety. You deserve to work in a safe environment or, if hazards are an unavoidable part of the job, you should be provided with adequate training and safety equipment to protect you. Fortunately, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, exists to protect workers from unsafe working conditions.

Accidents can happen in any line of work

In Pennsylvania it is no secret that missing work can be costly. If you are ill or injured and unable to return to your job for a period of time, you could lose out on a lot of wages. This in turn can make it hard to keep up with living costs and support your family, let alone pay your medical bills. But what happens if you are off work because of an injury sustained on the job?

You should not have to suffer work-related illness alone

Being ill is never a pleasant experience, especially when it interferes with your day-to-day life. Unfortunately, as all too many people in Pennsylvania are aware, a serious illness can be extremely debilitating and may even prevent you from being able to work. Not only can this result in a loss of wages, but also it can often go hand in hand with expensive medical bills. In turn, the stress of these debts could make your health even worse.

Work-related injuries and health care workers

Health care workers in Pennsylvania and across the nation have some of the highest rates of workplace injuries, according to a recent report by the U.S. Labor Department. Factors that increase the likelihood of injuries, especially to nurses and their assistants, include inadequate hospital staffing, violent patients and their families and low safety and health standards in health care work environments.

Texas worker injured on construction site

No matter where you work, there is always a chance that something could go wrong. Some jobs are safer than others, but it is important to be aware that there is always a chance that you could be injured in your place of employment. Equipment could malfunction, a fire might break out or you could simply slip and fall. Whatever the case, if you are hurt during the course of your duties, you might be entitled to compensation.

Light Duty Job Offers for Workers' Compensation

Light duty job offers in Workers' Compensation. You're injured and not able to do the job you did when you got hurt. You suffered a work injury and are receiving workers' compensation benefits what could happen next.

Pittsburgh personal injury attorneys

The need for unequivocal medical evidence in Personal injury law and workers' compensation. Equivocal means ambiguous, inexact, hazy, imprecise, non-committal, uncertain. Thus unequivocal means the opposite or  clear, specific, indisputable. In injury law, workers' compensation, personal injury, and to some degree social security disability one must have unequivocal medical evidence supporting their claim to have a chance of winning money or benefits.

Social Security Disability beneficiaries improperly paid

Social Security Disability beneficiaries reportedly received an estimated $1.3 billion in "potentially improper payments." You may have seen this news coverage of a recently released Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. The limited methodology used to generate GAO's estimates only compared Social Security Administration (SSA) data with earnings data from the National Database of New Hires (NDNH) and did not take into account Social Security's work rules, making GAO's estimates incomplete at best. An accurate figure cannot be produced without a more in-depth, case-by-case investigation by SSA.

Workers' compensation settlements and you

Workers' Compensation Settlements are known as Compromise and Release Agreements. If you were hurt at work you may be entitled to a lump sum settlement. If you have been collecting workers' compensation benefits for 4 months or longer you may be entitled to a lump sum settlement. A compromise and Release Agreement is typically a lump sum settlement or a one time payment that can replace  your weekly workers' compensation checks, your medical bills, or both. You can accept a lump sum settlement for both your lost wages and medical expenses. 

Working outdoors and heat-related illness

For many Pennsylvania workers, heat-related illnesses can be a huge problem for those whose jobs require them to work outside during the summer. Not only can excessive heat cause severe illness that could keep an employee from being unable to work, it can also be deadly. However, Pennsylvania does not have heat-related illness prevention standards even though employers are required to eliminate or minimize recognized health risks under OSHA.

Incidence of workplace accidents

As some Pennsylvania workers may know, workplace injuries are most common in certain types of employment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, three million workers are hurt annually in the private sector. While certain jobs have a higher propensity for injury, workplace accidents and injuries happen in a variety of industries.

Handling injuries at work

As Pennsylvania residents who are interested in workplace safety likely know, responding appropriately to workplace injuries is vital. Worker safety procedures and proper documentation makes it easier for employers and employees to handle injuries efficiently when accidents happen.

Recent Workers' Compensation Case on Social Security Offset

Recent Workers' Compensation Case on Social Security offsets. Have you suffered a work injury? Injured due to a work accident?  We handle Workers' Compensation and Social Security Cases and we work hard to maximize your recovery under the law and keep updated on recent precedent cases. In a recent Commonwealth court case decided April 10, it was ruled that an employee who suffered a work injury after he became eligible to receive Social Security Benefits is entitled to receive both his full workers compensation payments and Social Security benefits and denied the employer and it's work comp insurance company any offset.

Workers' Compensation attorneys for you

The Workers' Compensation system is complex. There are many stakeholders, each with their own interests. The injured worker and payment of timely workers' compensation benefits should be primary but often the worker is the one with the least amount of legal representation. 

Workers' compensation physicians list

The Workers' Compensation Physician's List under the PA Workers' Compensation Act gives employers the right to establish a list of designated health care providers. When the list is properly posted, injured workers must seek treatment for the work injury or illness with one of the designated providers for 90 days from the date of the first visit. There are specific guidelines provided in the rules and regulations for these lists:

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