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October 2015 Archives

Were you injured by an improperly trained forklift operator

Forklifts are used to move heavy loads in numerous industries, such as warehousing, manufacturing, agriculture and retail. Worker deaths and injuries linked to forklift accidents are an ongoing safety issue. Standards from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration require training and continuing certification for forklift operators.

Compromise and release agreements for workers' compensation

If you suffered an injury on the job or were hurt at work and have been receiving workers' compensation benefits for four  months or longer you may be entitled to a lump sum settlement. Lump sum settlements in work comp are also known as a Compromise and Release Agreement. Compromise and Release Agreements are the documents that specify what the terms and conditions of your settlement will be.

If you have suffered a work accident or personal injury, call Dugan & Associates

When you are hurt in an accident, suffer a personal injury due to the negligence of another or are hurt at work or are disabled seeking social security disability, SSD, or SSI benefits you want to make sure you are protected and get what you are entitled. And you want an attorney and law firm that has experience with your type of case and knows what they are doing. We are here to help. We understand what you are going through. We've handled cases like yours before and we have the legal team and experience to get you the money and/or benefits you deserve. We work hard to maximize our clients recovery. There is no fee unless we get you the money or benefits you deserve. Interested in a lump sum settlement? We settle cases. We are on your side working for your interests. 

Were you injured in a truck accident? Call Dugan & Associates.

The tires of commercial tractor trailers are generally designed to be able to sustain traveling up to 75 miles per hour. This was acceptable over the last decade when the maximum speed limits across the country rarely eclipsed 65 or 70 miles per hour. Now, most states have speed limits up to 85 miles per hour and truck accidents are up. In Pennsylvania and Ohio, the maximum speed limit is 70 miles per hour.

Filing a personal injury claim after being injured on the job

A workplace injury is not an uncommon occurrence in Pennsylvania. Fortunately, in most cases, workers injured on the job can pursue workers' compensation benefits. Unfortunately, these benefits are quite limited and usually only include a portion of lost wages and compensation for related medical expenses. However, in certain cases, a worker injured on the job may be able to pursue more compensation than is offered through workers' compensation by filing a personal injury claim for his or her workplace injury.

Pennsylvania Man Killed In Accident On The Job

Workers throughout Pennsylvania know there are hazards in all workplaces. However, some occupations are inherently more dangerous than others. When most think of dangerous jobs, they think of construction; however, municipal workers are often at high risk of workplace accidents. One family is now mourning the loss of a loved one after a municipal worker was killed in an accident on the job in the northwestern part of the state.

Know the difference between different workers' compensation claims

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, there are several types of benefits that may be available following a workplace accident that leads to injury or illness.

Don't be afraid to contact OSHA

If you have ever had an accident at work, you already know what an inconvenience it can be. It is something that affects employees in Pennsylvania every year, leaving many with serious injuries that not only reduce their productivity, but can even prevent them from returning to work for a considerable amount of time. Some workplace accidents are unavoidable, no matter how diligent you are. However, others are the result of negligence on the part of your colleagues or employer.

Think you're entitled to workers' compensation? Call Dugan & Associates

If you suffered a work injury you may need a lawyer. Most people think that if they get hurt at work and seek medical attention it's pretty cut and dry and they and the doctors will get paid. Unfortunately, as with many things in life, it's not that simple. If it were than attorneys wouldn't be doing it and you wouldn't need one. Unfortunately, insurance companies are in the business to make money not lose it so if they can get out of paying for something or pay as little as possible then they will try. Get a lawyer, get Dugan & associates and don't let them get away with it.

Laws that protect injured workers

Accidents happen every day in Pennsylvania and many of these occur at work. No matter where you are employed, there is always something that could go wrong and there is a chance that you could be injured as a result. Some industries come with more risks than others, but no one should have to suffer as a consequence of a work accident, especially when it was not their fault. 

When is a personal injury lawsuit appropriate?

If you had a work accident that resulted in injury and temporary or permanent disability, you may not be informed about personal injury lawsuits. Many injured employees think they have no recourse after an injury at work. This might be because Pennsylvania law doesn't allow employees to sue an employer for injuries sustained on the job. But there are other avenues for compensation after an industrial accident. Circumstances in which third-party liability, failure to warn or a careless property owner caused the injury, a lawsuit would be appropriate.

Diagnosis is a first step to securing workplace illness benefits

For people who take pride in their jobs, nothing is as frustrating or instills feelings of uncertainty like being too ill to go to work. Those feelings are compounded considerably when your place of employment is the source of your illness. The diagnosis of a workplace illness that prevents or limits gainful employment is just the start of an emotionally stressful time.

Have you been hurt on the job? Call Dugan & Associates.

Hurt on the job, work injury, hurt at work? You need the experienced hurt on the job lawyers at Dugan & Associates 1-888-993-8426 (1-888-99-D-U-G-A-N). The law has become specialized. Similar to doctors that specialize there are many aspects to medicine. If you have a meniscus tear, acl tear, tendon rupture, carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff tear or a herniated disc you may want to consult with an orthopedic surgeon. If you have a heart attack you see a cardiologist. Head injury you see a concussion clinic. And so forth. And things can be even more specialized. Did you know there are orthopedic surgeons that further only specialize in just the hands, arms and shoulders. Some just do back and neck spine surgery or just knees. The law is similar to that. If you have a will or estate you'll see an attorney that handles Elder Law. If you have an accident or injury you'll contact a personal injury lawyer. Yet some Personal Injury Lawyers further specialize. Some just handle medical malpractice. If you are hurt on the job then you need an attorney that focuses their practice on representing people hurt at work, hurt on the job, a work injury, and workers' compensation. At Dugan & Associates we have a team of staff and attorneys that focus on helping people hurt on the job.

You have options if you see a work hazard

There is no good reason for an employee to be put in danger in their place of work. That is not to say that there are no jobs that are hazardous by nature. However, even if you know your position comes with a risk of injury, you should have received adequate training to protect yourself and safety equipment to prevent harm to the greatest extent possible. Sadly, workers throughout Pennsylvania suffer dangerous working conditions every day. 

Seeking wage-loss benefits? Avoid these four mistakes.

After a serious work-related injury or illness, you will likely be unable to return to your job for a considerable length of time. During the time you are unable to work, you can apply for wage-loss benefits. These are some of the many benefits available through the workers' compensation insurance policy that your employer carries. With the help of these regular checks, you can continue to pay your household bills while you recover from your injuries.

Why are workers' compensation laws necessary?

Every year in Pennsylvania, a huge number of employees suffer injuries at work, ranging from minor scrapes to life-changing disasters. Some are even left with permanent disabilities. Accidents can happen to anyone, no matter how careful you are. Fortunately, when they happen at work, you may be entitled to workers' compensation. While this does not make up for the fact that you have been hurt, it can at least relieve some of the financial burden of that experience.

Construction worker killed in trench accident

Construction workers often suffer injuries on the job, even when equipped with all the relevant safety gear. It is simply one of those jobs that comes with a lot of potential dangers, such as heavy machinery, unstable structures and working at great heights. Fortunately, many construction site injuries are minor and quick to heal. However, this is not always the case.

Workers' compensation for the self-insured

Pennsylvania employees may be aware that employers are required by law to provide workers' compensation coverage. Some of these employers may choose to self-insure as long as they meet the requirements under the Workers' Compensation Act. Having the financial ability to cover the payment of all employee benefits is the primary consideration. The employer must also post a bond, letter of credit or similar financial instrument that will back up its claim of financial ability.

Do not miss the deadline for filing

Taking time off work can sound like a nice idea, but it is far less pleasant if the reason for your absence is that you have fallen ill or suffered an injury. It could even mean a loss of wages, which can quickly become a major concern, especially if you need to remain off work for a prolonged period. It is something that happens to employees in Pennsylvania every year and many find themselves unsure what to do or where to turn.

Workers' compensation: Were you injured by dangerous chemicals?

Many people do not think about everything that goes into the foods that they eat. In many situations, the way a food tastes is the result of chemical flavorings added while it is being manufactured. While the chemicals added may be deemed safe for consumption by humans, they could pose a risk to employees who are exposed to them for hours on end day in and day out. The exposure could cause workers to become ill. A good example of this is the lung problems workers making microwave popcorn suffered as a result of exposure to diacetyl.

Food flavorings can cause respiratory illness

Every year in Pennsylvania, many employees contract serious illnesses as a consequence of working in unsafe environments, being exposed to hazardous materials or simply not being provided with sufficient training or safety equipment. Sadly, many of these illnesses can have long-term effects or could even prove fatal. Respiratory illnesses can be particularly unpleasant and are a common result of working in certain environments.

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