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You Shouldn't Have To Fight For Workers' Comp Benefits

Philadelphia Area Workers' Compensation Lawyer

Your eyes are the prize

It may be no comfort to know that 90 percent of all injuries to the eyes are preventable. However, because eye injuries often happen so quickly, literally in a blink, it may be too late to employ protection. There is no doubt you have spent the time since your eye injury replaying the incident and regretting your delay in applying safety measures.

Some surveys show that about 60 percent of those with eye injuries were not wearing protection at the time of their accidents. It may also surprise you that in many of those cases, their jobs did not require protective eyewear. Perhaps in your line of work, eyewear was optional.

Are psychological injuries grounds for workers' compensation?

Any injury suffered as the result of your job is grounds for a workers' compensation claim, even if that injury is internal or psychological. People often overlook the severity and long-reaching impact that a psychological injury can have on a person's quality of life. Many Pennsylvania workers who experienced trauma or mental anguish as the result of their work or a work-related incident go without help.

Could rate of worker's comp claims rise in next four years?

In the 2016 Presidential election, President-elect Donald Trump won every Rust Belt state including Pennsylvania. Workers in the area were won over by Trump's campaign promise to bring back American jobs and protect American trade interests. But, could increase in jobs raise the number of worker's compensation claims?

According to a new report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of occupational injuries and illnesses continued its 13-year decline in 2015. Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels said he is "encouraged" by the decline but says the 2.9 million non-fatal injuries and illness in 2015 are "still far too many."

Use workers' compensation example to improve safety

Pennsylvania workers may be subject to dangerous working conditions. However, they may be able to lower instances of serious workplace injuries by implementing improved safety practices and programs. Unfortunately, many of these changes do not occur until a serious accident happens.

Why some workers' compensation claims are denied

Pursuant to Pennsylvania workers' compensation laws, most employees who experience an occupational injury or disease have a right to certain benefits. To obtain these benefits, the injured employee must immediately file a workers' compensation claim; however, the employee must wait until the insurance company investigates the claim before he or she can receive the benefits.

Adjustments for federal safety violations

Employers in Pennsylvania and the rest of the nation will discover that the price for the violation of federal laws regarding occupational health and safety has increased significantly since 1990. Beginning in August of 2016, the penalties are being increased by almost 80 percent.

An understanding of the claims process for construction injuries

Pennsylvania construction workers can face significant safety hazards during their careers, and even with good attention to safety standards and precautions, they can end up missing work and struggling physically because of job-related injuries. OSHA oversees safety matters in work settings on a national scale and provides an avenue for employees and others to report unsafe conditions. The entity also inspects work locations to promote safety awareness. In the aftermath of an on-the-job accident, OSHA could perform an inspection to make sure the job site is made to meet their safety standards.

The importance of safety when welding

Many Pennsylvania workers use welding as a part of their jobs. They need to understand that welding involves the possible exposure to any number of toxic metals and gas byproducts. These toxic byproducts are produced with all types of welding. Potentially harmful gases that may be released during welding include carbon dioxide, argon, nitrogen, carbon monoxide and hydrogen fluoride. Additionally, workers may also be exposed to metals, including aluminum, beryllium, manganese, lead and arsenic.

Safety tips for health care workers

Pennsylvania health care workers may already be aware that nurses have a high rate of on-the-job injuries. In fact, direct care professionals are almost twice as likely to suffer injuries compared to workers in private industries including construction. Nurses also incur a high rate of illnesses from causes as varied as needle sticks to contact with others who have infectious diseases.

However, they can also take steps to protect themselves. The CDC says that there are 385,000 injuries to health care workers each year related to sharps. Nurses should follow all regulations related to sharps handling and discuss any safety issues with supervisors if federal regulations are not being followed.

Pennsylvania school employee dies from explosion injuries

A 62-year-old facility mechanic in the Philadelphia school system passed away on May 18 in connection with injuries that he suffered in a workplace accident earlier in 2016. The January 13 accident occurred as the employee was attempting to bring a boiler online that had been out of service for the previous year. He suffered third-degree burns in the incident and was kept in a doctor-induced coma during the time following the injuries.

The accident was still being investigated in late May, and a forensic engineer was involved in evaluating the matter. Officials indicate that the boiler at issue was inspected in 2015 and had passed. Since the incident, the city schools' boilers have been inspected with 11 being taken out of service to facilitate major repairs. Nearly 60 percent of the 542 boilers inspected required at least minor repairs. Officials confirm that all repairs will be handled prior to the heating season for the upcoming academic year.

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