Many workers assume that they are able to be compensated if they suffer from work-related injury or illness, and generally speaking, they are right. There are some exceptions to that general rule, though, and the reality is that some injuries and illnesses are compensable and others are not.
Workplace injury is a broad category of inquiry, with all types of injuries occurring every day and every year. There are certain types of injuries, though, that are more common across the board, and these recently came into focus when Liberty Mutual released its annual top-ten list of the leading causes of workplace injury. The top-ten list is based on recorded workers’ compensation claims data from the company and data from other sources.
In our last post, we began discussing workers' compensation benefits in the form of wage-loss payments. As we mentioned, these payments are available for those who are unable to work for at least seven days due to a workplace injury. Here we want to briefly discuss when exactly wage-loss payments can be terminated.
Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued fines against a Houston-based oil and gas company over an explosion that occurred at a drilling site in Susquehanna County back in January. The explosion, according to investigators, was caused by vapors which ignited and broke a tank open.
Workers who are injured on the job, readers know, have the right to receive workers’ compensation for the injuries they suffer. While many employers honor their employees’ right to workers’ compensation, some do not always do so.
Worker’s compensation is an important resource for those who are injured on the job. Under Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Act, workers who suffer workplace injury are able to obtain medical expenses and wage-loss compensation. Death benefits may also be available for dependent survivors.
Everybody is aware that one of the benefits they have as an employee is the ability to apply for workers’ compensation for on-the-job injuries. Workers’ compensation benefits are an important resource for injured workers since they provide reasonable and necessary payments for lost wages, medical care, specific loss benefits, and even death benefits.
In case anybody was wondering: yes, it is true: government is not always efficient in conducting business. When it comes to workers’ compensation claims for government employees, this inefficiency can be particularly frustrating. Right now in the District of Columbia, government workers injured on the job know this all too well. There, injured employees, attorneys and advocacy groups complain of various flaws in the system, including delays and inconsistency in decisions regarding claims.
Employee misclassification is not a small issue in the United States generally, and in Pennsylvania in particular. In fact, at least one state lawmaker feels the issue is serious enough to warrant a new law tackling the issue. Although the state has already passed a law punishing employers for misclassifying workers, but Senator Mike Stack has pointed out that state regulators, for whatever reason, are not diligently enforcing penalties.
According to new information from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of fatal injuries in the workplace decreased 5 percent from 2012 to 2013. That is obviously a good thing, though the need for improvement remains, particularly in certain categories of accidents. Last year, 3.2 out of 100,000 full-time employees die, which is still too many.