Dugan & Associates, P.C.
No Recovery - No Fee Free Consultation
Serving all of Western Pennsylvania
Local: 412-353-3572 Toll Free: 888-9-9-D-U-G-A-N Toll Free: 888-9-9-D-U-G-A-N

August 2015 Archives

Workers' compensation for driving accidents

Many are often surprised to learn that traffic accidents are a leading cause of workers' compensation injuries. According to experts, many of these workplace accidents involve nonprofessional drivers who have not received training in defensive driving tactics, such as an individual employee driving to an unfamiliar destination or a group heading to an event.

Pennsylvania worker killed by falling tree

Every year in Pennsylvania, countless accidents happen in the workplace, many of which leave employees seriously injured or worse. Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, accidents can happen to anyone, especially if an adequate safety standard has not been maintained. As a result, workplace hazards often lead to devastating incidents, permanently changing the lives of their victims.

Silica exposure can harm your health

Many workers in Pennsylvania struggle on even when they are unwell, often because they cannot afford to take time off work. Some may even worry about losing their job if their employer does not appreciate the severity of their illness. In other cases, workers are dismissed from their position due to absence or poor performance, even though it was due to their illness.

Compensation for families who lose loved ones to fracking

We often post about the national stand down for oil and gas workers and the role that the institutions of higher education have played in educating workers and industry leaders in creating safe workplaces. While we also gave you information about the number of fatal workplace accidents across the country in the oil and gas industries, there is more than just statistics to discuss. Unfortunately, the number of fatal industrial accidents in oil and gas is five to seven times higher than the average private employer. When a person in the fracking industry is injured, he or she can seek benefits through a workers' compensation claim. When a person dies from a fracking industry accident, the victim's family may have a wrongful death suit against an employer, a manufacturer of a defective product, or some other third party.

Workers' compensation for federal employees in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania federal employees may be surprised to learn that in 2004, expenses from workers' compensation filings for all federally employed workers averaged in excess of $2.3 billion. Also during that year, an estimated 165,000 illnesses and workplace injuries involving federally employed civilians occurred.

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.

Study shows few are properly compensated for workplace injuries

Workers compensation study finds that few who get hurt receive proper or sufficient money in work comp  for their injuries and fewer receive anything at all. In a recent report issued March 4th the Labor Department notes that work place injuries and illnesses, coupled with an inadequate workers' compensation systems are contributing to the gap between rich and poor in the U.S. Workers who suffer a serious work injury earn an approximate 15 percent less annually on average.

Workers' compensation for construction accidents

Because of the presence of large, heavy machinery, scaffolding and unfinished multi-story buildings, accidents at Pennsylvania construction sites are rarely minor. The head trauma, broken bones, back or neck injuries or other severe effects of your construction site injury may have left you with serious concerns about your and your family's futures.

Workers' Compensation and Social Security Disability.

The need for medical documentation in Workers' Compensation and Social Security Disability cases can be very important. Many cases are won, lost or paid on what the medical records show. It is important to keep this in mind whenever you are involved in Workers' Compensation or Social Security Disability.

Workers' compensation for nursing home biohazards

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited an Ohio company that manages nursing homes for four health violations. Exposure of the staff to biological hazards in the facility will cost the company about $90,000. The company has been cited for similar violations in the past. The exposure of workers to pathogens can result in serious illnesses, which can even be fatal.

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.

Asbestos causes workplace illness

Asbestos is a naturally occurring substance that has been used in a variety of industrial applications in Pennsylvania and across the country. Steadily growing data proved some time ago that the mineral is extremely toxic to human beings, especially when inhaled. Since then, great efforts have been made to replace asbestos in all relevant applications, remove it where it has been installed and remediate areas to make them safe for human use.

Workplace accidents down when employers take responsibility

Pittsburgh employees may be interested in some information about the Occupational Health and Safety Administration's regulations regarding workplace safety. The employer has specific responsibilities under these rules that could lead to fines and other penalties if ignored.

Car accidents and back to school

As kids head back to school in the next couple of weeks everyone wants to avoid motor vehicle accidents. Drivers must be responsible about sharing the road with school buses. Here are a few reminders about the law concerning school buses:

Workers' compensation for preexisting conditions

How does Workers' Compensation work with Preexisting Conditions? Most people don't go through life without accident, injury or illness. And for a lot of hardworking people, as we work and age we may develop aches and pains, some of which we never felt before. What is a work related injury or illness and what isn't many times is a fine line.

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.

Workers' compensation lump sum settlements explained

Work injury lump sum settlements under the Pennsylvania's Workers' Compensation system are complex and one should not navigate it alone. You may be asking, "can I get a lump sum settlement for my work injuries?"  In Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation lump sum settlements are typically done through a "Compromise and Release Agreement." Generally speaking there are two types of situations where you may be entitled to a lump sum settlement, however the amount of your settlement can vary greatly depending: 1. You are receiving workers' compensation; 2. You are not receiving workers' compensation.

Workers' compensation for workers who drive

If you suffer a Work Injury, Work Related Accidents take all forms. Most people when they think of workers' compensation think of a middle aged man unshaven in a construction hat inured working on heavy machinery. But the truth is that work injuries occur to people of all walks of life-nurses, nurses aids, CNA's, cashiers, clerks, customer service representatives, laborers, white collar workers, cleaners, janitors, truck drivers, sales clerks, managers, supervisors, oil and gas workers, pizza delivery drivers etc...(any job you can think of), all income levels, all races, sexes (some studies show women are hurt as much if not more than men), and work related accidents can occur to anyone at anytime in all various manners.

What to know about work related injuries

Pennsylvania is one of the states in this country where employers are required to provide insurance for workers. This is a preventive measure in case workers are injured during their job. Employees then can file for a workers' compensation claim in case that they are injured. Once the claim has been filed, this may cover for the employee's lost wages, payment for medical bills and treatment and in some instances specific loss and death benefits.

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.

Workers' compensation for eye injuries rising says OSHA

According to a recent OSHA survey, workers' compensation claims where employees are fully or partially losing their eyesight is on the rise. Of course all of our senses are important, but most people would agree that losing one's eyesight might be the difficult injury with which to deal. It is important that people should take steps to protect their eyesight. This is especially true for those who have occupations where their eye safety is at risk. Although anyone can suffer an eye injury, some groups of workers that may be more prone to it include welders, health care workers, laboratory staff, custodial workers, and people who handle animals.

Pittsburgh Office
4 West Manilla Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Phone: 412-353-3572
Phone: 412-922-0800
Fax: 412-922-0801
Pittsburgh Law Office Map

Beaver County Office
2002 McMinn St.
Aliquippa, PA 15001

Phone: 412-353-3572
Phone: 724-775-7372
Aliquippa Law Office Map

North Hills
6400 Brooktree Ct.
Wexford, PA 15090

Phone: 412-353-3572
Phone: 724-933-0133
Wexford Law Office Map

Butler County
125 Warrendale-Bayle Rd
Warrendale, PA 15086

Phone: 412-353-3572
Phone: 724-283-7063
Map & Directions

400 Penn Center Blvd.
Suite 101
Monroeville, PA 15232

Phone: 412-353-3572
Phone: 412-261-1129
Map & Directions

Westmoreland County
101 N. Main St.
Suite 104 - A
Greensburg, PA 15601

Phone: 412-353-3572
Phone: 724-836-7454
Greensburg Law Office Map

Washington County
2400 Ansys Dr.
Canonsburg, PA 15317

Phone: 412-353-3572
Phone: 724-743-0463
Canonsburg Law Office Map

Serving all of Western Pennsylvania Free Consultation

August 2015 Archives | Pittsburgh Workers' Compensation Law Blog a