Every job has its risks. Even a person working at a computer terminal doing some incidental word processing can become the victim of an accident that results in serious workplace injury. But as any experienced workers' compensation attorney can tell you, there are certain jobs that carry greater risks than others.
There is more to getting compensation when a worker is injured on the job than just filing the claim. The workers' compensation system in Pennsylvania is in place by law, but that doesn't mean it runs on automatic pilot. There are many players and many facets to manage to get a worker back to wholeness of life and work. That's one reason why having an attorney with particular experience in workers' compensation issues can be so helpful.
An upcoming seminar offered by the National Business Institute at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Breinigsville, Pennsylvania, reminds practitioners and claimants alike of the complexities that can arise in filing workers' compensation claims.
It seems to be a part of our American culture to brush off pain and injury. The mentality that is ingrained in us to work through the pain and "shake it off" is part of the competitive spirit that we cherish so much in Pennsylvania and elsewhere around the country. But when injuries occur on the job, whether due to repetitive stress, toxic exposure, or worse, it is not wise to simply buck up and bear it.
One of the most common complaints heard from business people in Bucks County and the rest of the country is that the costs of required insurance coverage such as workers' compensation are out of control. Medical costs are out of control. Fraudulent workers' compensation claims are out of control.
When the issue of workers' compensation comes up, the mind likely flashes to an image of an accident occurring in a warehouse, industrial or office environment. Anecdotal evidence and personal experience would seem to dictate that those are the places where most Pennsylvania workers are likely to suffer the worst work-related injuries. But new statistics from one organization suggest that would be wrong.
Emergency responders face huge risks on the job. For police officers and firefighters across Pennsylvania, the dangers are part of the job description. When these brave government workers suffer job injuries, we rightly hail them as heroes. When they are hurt or killed on duty by someone's purposeful sabotage, the pain is felt deeply well beyond the community that suffered the loss.
If you are out and about in the work-a-day world, it doesn't much matter what kind of job you hold. You run the risk of injury. There are some jobs in Pennsylvania that may represent a higher risk of workplace accident and injury.
To hear the national news coverage of the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy, one would think that the only places that suffered damage were the states on the coast. The damage suffered here in Pennsylvania could go down as one of the bigger untold stories of this massive natural disaster.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration sets a number of standards to ensure workplace safety remains a top priority for employers across the country. Violations of state or federal workplace safety regulations can result in severe penalties for a business and in some instances criminal charges. A Pennsylvania business owner recently pleaded guilty to intentionally violating federal workplace safety standards after an employee was killed on the job. The 78-year-old businessman was sentenced to one year of probation in the workplace accident.