A Pennsylvania worker has died from injuries he suffered on the job in October 2013. The 27-year-old Middletown man was picking up leaves as part of a crew when the back wheel of the leaf vacuum ran over his leg. With no witnesses, no one is really sure how the accident occurred. Regardless, the deceased’s surviving family has likely been devastated by their loss.
All too often, a workplace injury like this leads to death. Workers injuries may be too extensive to treat or they may become infected, leading to further, serious complications. However, the likelihood of death may drop when workers receive proper medical care. Since this care is often expensive, many workers may forego treatment. These individuals should know that workers’ compensation can help.
When a Pennsylvanian files for workers’ compensation and his or her claim is accepted, he or she may receive benefits. These benefits may include compensation for medical care, lost wages and loss of future earning capacity. In the event a worker dies, death benefits may be available to surviving family members, especially dependents.
However, insurance companies will sometimes deny these claims, stating the injuries were preexisting at the time of the accident or the accident occurred outside the victim’s scope of employment. Such a denial can wreak havoc on an injured worker’s recover and his family’s financial well-being. Fortunately, these denials can be challenged. A strong, aggressive Pennsylvania attorney can help these individuals or their families seek to overcome the denial and obtain the benefits they need and deserve.
Workplace injuries can occur in many ways. Unsafe working conditions and workplace accidents happen more often than we care to think. Filing a workers’ compensation claim not only seeks to obtain the money an injured worker or his family needs, but it also raises awareness of workplace safety and the things that can be done to better protect Pennsylvania’s workers.
Source: The Patriot News, “Lower Swatara Township worker injured in leaf pickup accident dies,” Barbara Miller, Feb. 3, 2014