Work Injuries

Why Receiving Workers Compensation Benefits Should Not Carry a Stigma

Injuries in the workplace are a serious and common occurrence across the United States. In 2015 the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there were nearly 3 million nonfatal workplace related illnesses and injuries in the private work sector. Despite these alarmingly high statistics, many injured workers are reluctant to file for workers’ compensation benefits simply because they feel embarrassed.   It is common for workers across the country who have sustained injuries, from minor to catastrophic, to suffer the loss of income and the onset of astronomical medical bills, but still never chose to file a claim.… Read More ››

WC: How Workers Compensation Covers Mental Health Injuries

Workers Compensation Covers Mental Health Injuries
In that state of Pennsylvania, laws are in place to protect injured workers. If you are injured on the job or aggravates a previous injury, you are typically entitled to some variation of workers’ compensation benefits. In most cases, these benefits will cover medical expenses associated with the injury, and the worker may receive weekly compensation in the place of the wages he or she would have earned if not for the injury.   Unfortunately, the state does not handle mental injuries sustained in the workplace the same way. In most cases, the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act does not provide… Read More ››

Will Workers’ Compensation Cover Surgery for My Work Injury?

workers compensation surgery
Studies have discovered that roughly five million American workers are injured annually while on the job. Fortunately, the government provides support in the form of workers’ compensation benefits for people who have been injured in the workplace.   Although a potential source of relief, the possibility of receiving benefits does not always provide a remedy for the physical and emotional toll caused by a debilitating injury. Sometimes only is the only remedy for your work injury.   After an injury occurs, a state of confusion and fear usually follows suit, so it is critical that you reach out to an… Read More ››

Hurt at Work: What a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Do for You

hurt at work
If you or a loved one has recently been hurt at work, you may be eligible for benefits under workers’ compensation. The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act makes workers’ compensation available to all employees in Pennsylvania. If you or a loved one find yourself in a workers’ compensation dispute, you may wonder if you need a workers’ compensation attorney. It is strongly suggested that you have one represent you. If you and your employer both agree on the claim, then a lawyer may not be necessary, but if your claim gets denied or your employer and their insurance carrier are making… Read More ››

Hurt at Work: What Not to do After a Work Injury

hurt at work: what not to do after a work injury
  When you are hurt at work, it can be easy to panic in the moment and make impulsive decisions. However, it is important to remain calm and be educated on work-related injuries, to best know what you should do and what you should not do when they occur. Here are a few things that you should not do after being hurt at work:   Delay reporting the injury, Be embarrassed or pretend that you are not injured, Give any recorded or sworn statements without first contacting a workers’ compensation attorney, Make public any information about your injury, Sign anything… Read More ››

Hurt at Work: What Types of Compensation Is Covered in Pennsylvania?

Hurt at Work: What types of compensation is covered in Pennsylvania
If you or a loved one has recently been hurt at work, then you may be eligible for workers’ compensation under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. The Act exists in order to fairly compensate those who have been injured on the job and suffered an injury or disability and will not be able to return to work for an extended period of time.    One of the most common questions asked by injured parties is what types of compensation are recoverable in Pennsylvania? The types are generalized into main four categories, they are:   Death benefits, Lost wages, Specific loss… Read More ››

Do Workers Compensation Benefits Cover Loss of Sight?

Are you suffering loss of sight or blindness as the result of a work place injury or your profession? Workers Comp covers this but special rules apply.
Workers’ Compensation Due to Loss of Sight           Whether a worker suffers a permanent or temporary loss of sight; partial or total, or the loss of an eye, they are covered under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. According to the Chart of Specific Loss Benefits, any vision-related injury provides for 275 weeks of compensation followed by a healing period lasting 10 weeks. Furthermore, when the injury results in a specific loss (i.e. the loss of an eye), an injured worker may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation disability benefits (a percentage of the weekly wages earned… Read More ››

Difference Between the Two Types of Notices of Compensation Payable

Workers comp types of notices
What Is a Notice of Compensation Payable?   A Notice of Compensation Payable (NCP), is an acknowledgment letter indicating that a workers’ compensation claim has been accepted, by the employer and the insurance company; and the payout of compensation benefits are to begin. The NCP will include a description of the injury, the pre-injury average weekly wage, and the amount of awarded weekly compensation benefits that one will receive.   What Is a Notice of Temporary Compensation Payable?   A Notice of Temporary Compensation Payable (NTCP) indicates the award of benefits is for a temporary period of up to 90… Read More ››

WC: How an Impairment Rating Evaluation Affects You

Workers Comp Impairment Rating Evaluations
Impairment Rating Evaluations When a work injury occurs, it can leave you impaired or disabled. For example, if you break your arm, you are disabled for the period of time it takes your arm to fully heal. On the other hand, if the injury leaves you impaired, that means that a full recovery from your injury is unlikely and that your body will not function as it used to. The Impairment Rating Evaluation in Pennsylvania is a crucial part of the workers’ compensation claim. It can be used by the insurance carrier to limit the benefits of the injured employee,… Read More ››

How Does Course and Scope Affect a PA Workers’ Compensation Claim?

workers comp course and scope
Workers’ compensation is a difficult area to navigate and is not nearly as clear-cut as you may think. One reason for this is that while you may believe that your injury is a work-related injury, the employer, insurance carrier, and/or doctor may not agree. Making it not fit the work injury category. What do you do now? You go to litigation and then must deal with the with the pressure of hearings, trials and such. It can quickly get overwhelming, and you have to prove your case to the courts. And then the court must rule that your injury was… Read More ››

Hurt at Work – What Do I Do If I Hurt My Neck While at Work?

Work-related neck injury
Hurt at Work is something an employee never wants to experience.  Neck injuries on the job are one of the most difficult work injuries to recover from. Work-related neck injuries come in a variety of categories, and each of them is potentially very dangerous and physically damaging. It is important to pay attention to your symptoms and get treatment right away. It is always highly advisable to consult an experienced lawyer, who fights to help get injured works the benefits they deserve. It is always good to know what your rights are and how to go about receiving the benefits you deserve. The process… Read More ››

Why Mechanical Devices Like the Hoyer Lift May Cause Injury to Nurses

The Hoyer Lift
If you are a critical care nurse, hospital care nurse, or safety and health professional, you are probably required to move or transport patients and residents in nursing care facilities, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers. There are several challenges to lifting and transporting individuals, even when using a mechanical device like the Hoyer Lift. Such challenges include: The weight and size of the individual. The tendency of the patient to lose his or her balance and fall. And even the patient’s behavior. This increased risk of injury from lifting and transporting patients can lead to potentially severe musculoskeletal injuries to the… Read More ››