It's not easy to head back to work after a workplace injury caused damaging effects to your overall health and well-being. In a lot of cases, returning to work means workers' compensation benefits will be stopped. But, as an injured worker, you do have certain rights that your employer must follow to ensure you are entitled to the coverage you deserve based on the PA Workers' Compensation Act.
The realities that come along with injuries and medical conditions sustained both in and out of the workplace can make life extremely difficult for an individual in the blink of an eye.
Ongoing hand or wrist injuries are not uncommon for individuals who work in the construction, manufacturing and healthcare services industries. After you undergo surgery, complications can ensue if it's not treated properly. While some complications are temporary, others can be major and permanent. This means that you may be in the hospital multiple times after your initial surgery to treat these complications which, in turn, will require hefty hospital bills and force you to miss work.
When seriously injured at work, it's highly recommended that you speak to a lawyer to discuss your case in order to find out if your unfortunate situation is eligible for workers' compensation benefits. In instances where you're injured at work due to the negligence of somebody other than your employer, you would have an additional option called a personal injury claim.
During a Learning Lab session at the 2018 National Safety Council Congress & Expo, The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) announced its list of the top ten violations for the fiscal year (October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018). The list included both the violation regulation and the number of violations for all ten. These violations accounted for roughly 32,266 violations found by the federal agency, but do not account for those found by state enforcement agencies.
If you or someone you know works in the service industry, the reality exists that restaurant employees are susceptible to on-the-job injuries every day they show up to work. When you eat out at a restaurant, a lot of work goes on behind the scenes in order to provide the best service possible before, during and after your meal. And, more often than not, it can put employees at risk for getting hurt.
If you or someone you know works in the transportation, trade or utilities industries, then you already know that workplace injuries aren't all too uncommon despite the minimal amount of manual labor in some positions.
Back pain is not an uncommon ailment, especially for individuals who work in the construction, manufacturing and healthcare service industries. It's also not uncommon to postpone or avoid surgery for back pain, but once your acute back pain becomes chronic and you've exhausted all management and treatment options, surgery may be the best choice for you.
As we continue through our industry injury series, the importance of the roles police and correctional officers play in society shouldn't go unnoticed. Both industries place individuals in dangerous situations that pose high risks for getting hurt on the job. If you work in the police or correctional officer field and you sustain an injury, you may have costly medical expenses that leave you unable to return to work. In the event of a tragic death, family members are left behind to face the financial and emotional challenges.
It's no secret that nurses and nursing assistants have played an essential role in making the U.S. healthcare industry what it is today.