There is some good news for Pennsylvania workers. According to a recent survey, workplace safety is the number one concern for small business owners, outranking cyber-security, professional liability and natural disaster risks. Some say the survey’s results show that employers value their workers and want to maintain productivity and morale while avoiding workers’ compensation costs. In an attempt to protect workers, small business owners hope to address slip-and-falls, which account for almost 25 percent of workplace injuries.
Though this is encouraging news, the fact remains that work-related injuries will continue to occur. Whether an injury is caused by an unsafe work environment or a workplace accident, expenses associated with it may be covered by workers’ compensation. A successful claim may help the injured worker afford the medical expenses and rehabilitation costs necessarily incurred to reach a full recovery. Additionally, lost wages and loss of future earning capacity may be recouped, helping ease some of the financial strain placed on an individual when he or she is unable to work.
The workers’ compensation claims process can be lengthy and complicated. Fortunately, Pennsylvania workers can seek assistance from an attorney experienced with such cases. These attorneys can help protect an injured worker’s legal rights and help him or her attempt to recover the compensation he or she deserves.
Whether one works for a large corporation or a small business, he or she should be taken care of when injured in a workplace accident. When an employer or insurance company refuses to pay up an injured worker should turn to a legal professional who will fight to make things right. Perhaps then even more steps will be taken to further ensure worker safety.
Source: Claims Journal, “Workplace Safety Big Concern for Small Businesses in 2014: Survey,” Feb. 12, 2014