We're ecstatic to announce that Mitchell H. Dugan of Dugan & Associates has been named Social Security Disability Lawyer of the Year in the Lawyer Monthly 2018 Legal Awards - which recognizes the achievements of law firms, lawyers, counsel and those connected to the legal world who have a proven track record in delivering results for their clients.
Famers and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently completed a study of processing plant workers in South Carolina and determined that 40% of the workers show signs that they either have or will develop carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of performing the same repetitive motions over and over again. There is currently discussion going on in Washington, D.C. among legislators about increasing the speed of the slaughter lines, but the study shows clear evidence that doing that would increase the risk of injury to plant workers.
Over 150 firefighters responded to a chemical fire that occurred at a plant in Blake Township, Washington County, PA last week. The fire finally went out after nearly a day. Only one individual, a worker at the train transfer station who has not yet been identified, was reported as being injured in the incident. The worker was reportedly taken to a burn treatment center with severe burns.
A case involving a Pennsylvania man who suffered serious injuries will be heard in state court after a ruling by a federal judge on 15 March. The court documents indicate that U-Haul International Inc. and three other companies were negligent when the man was hurt on the job at a work site in Dauphin County.
An Indiana, Pennsylvania company has been cited and fined for four repeat and nineteen serious safety violations. The company was reportedly warned but failed to correct violations relating to its failure to guard live electrical parts, chains, sprockets, pulleys and belts. The company is also said to have failed to install a standard railing on one of its platforms. These violations were first cited in 2013 amid concerns regarding the potential for workplace accidents. The fines relating to these violations amount to more than $26,000.
Natural disasters occur throughout the country, including Pennsylvania. Storms that have recently hit the east coast are an example of catastrophes caused by nature. The storm killed people, and the disaster may cause additional harm to area residents. Workers who provided help in the aftermath of the tornado may face occupational diseases and injuries caused by the cold or toxins released by the storms.
Many employees in Pennsylvania know how much of a problem it can be if you are injured at work. Not only is there the matter of reporting your injury and the hazard that caused it, but you then have to contend with the injury itself and the time it takes to recover. This can also mean hefty medical bills, a loss of wages and the possibility of a long-term disability.
You've suffered a work injury. You were hurt on the job. You have done everything that is expected of you from your employer and the workers' compensation insurance company and the nurse that calls or shows up to your appointments. You are off of work because you were hurt on the job and are collecting workers compensation checks. Work comp is paying for your medical bills for your work injury. None of the doctors you are treating with have released you to return to work. But then they do. With restrictions. Or you are sent to an IME and their doctor says you can go back to modified duty. Generally speaking if you are released to return to work with restrictions and you return to work, either with your employer or another employer you may be entitled to ongoing partial compensation checks ( a reduced amount of work comp checks). but you should always consult with an attorney.
In a blog post from a few months ago, we detailed how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is trying to reduce the number of construction worker injured in the course of employment, especially by falls and objects falling from overhead. One of the injury types specifically focused on was falls. OSHA sought to reduce the number of incidents that occurred through training and inspections. While these efforts may have reduced some of those accidents, some continue to happen, as is evident by this latest accident.
Social Security Disability pays money for people who can't work due to various factors. If you or a loved one has a condition or injury that is affecting yours or their ability to work you may have a lot of questions about disability benefits. There are two types of programs for Social Security Disability - SSDI or SSI. What is the difference between SSDI-Social Security Disability Insurance and SSI-Supplemental Security Income.