Many Pennsylvanians work on the roadways. Police officers, paramedics and construction workers all operate in these areas, which can be fraught with dangers. Not only are these individuals susceptible to dangerous machinery, but they must also contend with moving vehicles mere feet away from their unprotected persons. Sometimes motorists make mistakes that cause an accident and leave these workers injured.
A Pennsylvania Turnpike worker was recently injured in such a mishap. According to reports, the employee, who drove a service truck, was stopped, directing traffic away from a disabled vehicle when a semi-truck rear-ended the service vehicle. The worker was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries.
An incident like this can have a ripple effect on a worker’s life. Not only does he or she suffer physical injuries that can be painful and debilitating, but there are also financial ramifications. The injured employee often must deal with unexpected medical expenses, which can be difficult to pay when he or she is unable to work and therefore does not receive a wage. This, in turn, can make it difficult for the injured individual to afford his or her other bills, thereby endangering his or her well-being.
Those who suffer a workplace injury should qualify for workers’ compensation, which helps cover medical expenses and lost wages. Yet, all too often a worker’s claim is denied, whether because the insurance company claims the employee’s injury already existed or the accident occurred outside of his or her scope of employment. When this is the case, the injured employee may want to seek legal assistance. A competent attorney will fight for the money an injured worker needs to reach as full a recovery as possible and to send the message that unsafe working conditions should be addressed to prevent workplace accidents.
Source: Daily American, “Pennsylvania Turnpike worker injured,” April 1, 2014