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June 2015 Archives

Bridge collapse results in serious injuries

Many workers in Pennsylvania know that their jobs can come with significant risks, particularly if they work in an industry that involves the movement of heavy objects or the use of large machinery. Even so, no matter where you work, accidents can still happen and can often leave the employees involved with serious injuries. Depending on the severity of the incident, they may even be forced to take time off work while they recover.

You may not be covered if injured while intoxicated

In Pennsylvania, most workers know that they have a number of protected rights. Furthermore, the laws governing these rights are intended to reduce the chance of anyone falling into undue hardship. Workers' compensation laws come under this category and can be invaluable to employees who suffer serious injuries at work.

State police investigate wrongful death at workplace

Pennsylvania State Police and the Occupational Safety and Health Association are investigating  a workplace accident that resulted in the death of a Pennsylvania man who was an employee of Plum Corp. The employee was killed in an accident on the job occurring on June 14. Plum Corp., located in Hempfield Township, manufactures industrial and commercial metal roofing and siding materials.

Workers' compensation for scarring

Can I be compensated for scars I obtained at the workplace? The Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act provides that "for serious and permanent disfigurement of the head, neck or face, of such a character as to produce an unsightly appearance, and such as is not usually incident to the employment" is compensable.

Will workers' compensation cover my medical bills?

Generally, for workplace injuries an employer is liable for all medical bills reasonable, necessary and causally related to the work injury. Once an employer accepts liability for a work-related injury it can't stop payment of medical bills without an agreement or a Workers' Compensation Judges' order. What is reasonable and necessary may be challenged by an employer by filing a Utilization Review. In addition, an employer may refuse to pay medical bills based on a lack of causation. Sounds simple but these rules raise a number of issues.

Are you being exposed to toxins at work?

As many workers in Pennsylvania know, some jobs come with far more dangers than others. However, some of the hazards connected with your line of work might not be immediately apparent. Something that is often overlooked is the presence of toxic materials in some workplaces. Overexposure to these substances can cause serious illnesses and dramatically reduce your quality of life.

Workers' compensation scenarios

The workers' compensation system in Pennsylvania is complex with many nuances. For that simple reason alone one should hire an attorney. Today a debate took place among several Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation lawyers regarding the following scenario:

How much is my workers' compensation case worth?

Many times as lawyers we are asked in workers' compensation, what's my case worth? And many times we respond, lightly joking, as much as we can get. But in all seriousness that's not far from the truth.

Workers' compensation and construction site fires

When we report about workers' compensation situations that occur on construction sites, they involve heavy construction equipment, failing ladders, or falls from five or more feet. These are not the only ways in which a construction worker may be injured while at work in Pittsburgh and throughout Western Pennsylvania, however. A recent fire at a nearby construction site has caused several injuries and workers' compensation claims are likely to follow.

Is your scaffolding safe?

As most construction workers in Pennsylvania know, a construction site can be a very dangerous place. No matter how well trained you are, how vigilant or how good you are at your job, accidents can still happen. If one person on the site makes a mistake, it can have a knock-on effect that can result in serious injuries or even fatal accidents. On top of that, there is the danger of equipment failing, structures collapsing or undetected hazards on the worksite.

You deserve support during your recovery

If you are an employee in Pennsylvania, the chances are that you will be aware of many of the potential hazards of your job. Depending on your line of work, this could be an extensive list. However, in many professions it can be hard to think of ways you are likely to get hurt at work. Even so, accidents can happen anywhere, to anyone, so it is important to know your rights in case you become the victim of such an event.

Workers' Compensation Panel List Medical Providers- Work Injury

The Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act requires employees hurt on the job to treat with a designated medical provider for the first 90 days of treatment. Your employer is not required to comply with this section of the law but if they do there are very specific rules they have to follow and if they don't you can treat with whomever you choose for your work injury. At Dugan & Associates we know the rules that you need to get through the workers compensation system.

Workers' Compensation and pre-existing conditions

Workers' compensation may be available for those who aggravate of a pre-existing condition. If you have a work injury and aggravated a pre-existing condition in Pennsylvania, contact the experienced lawyers at Dugan & Associates, Lawyers Representing Injured People. We handle work injuries including people whose work injury aggravated a pre-existing condition.

More consideration needed of mental health compensation claims

Many workers in Pennsylvania know how distressing and inconvenient it can be to be injured at work. The time needed for your recovery, coupled with medical expenses and lost wages can make life extremely difficult, especially when you are already hindered by your injury. If you develop an illness at work, things can be just as hard and it could take a long time for the symptoms of your illness to clear completely.

What do you know about workers' compensation?

As most people know, generally, if you are injured at work and cannot do the job you were performing at the time of your work injury you are entitled to indemnity or wage loss and medical benefits. Indemnity or wage loss benefits is usually in the form of weekly or biweekly checks which are a percentage of what your Average Weekly Wage was at the time of your injury. Average Weekly Wage is a legal term based on a calculation under the Workers' Compensation Act.

Workers' compensation for complex regional pain syndrome

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, formerly known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy is a chronic pain condition. Having handled numerous injury, work injury and social security disability cases it is devastating condition which can significantly impact ones life. It can effect any part of the body but more commonly is found in the arm or leg.

Independent Medical Exams and Impairment Rating Evaluations

If you get injured at work, suffer an injury in the course of your employment, and/or have a work accident you are entitled to workers' compensation. Such compensation includes payment of medical bills which are reasonable and necessary and related to treatment of your work injury. You are also entitled to lost wage compensation benefits if you suffer a loss in income due to the work injury.

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