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Workers’ compensation for repetitive stress injuries

Over time, you may begin noticing that performing your job is not as easy as it used to be. You can’t complete tasks as quickly and may need to continually stop because the pain is too much. Some may write these off as symptoms of getting older but age may not be the only culprit. You could be suffering from a repetitive stress injury, and if your RSI is work-related, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

A repetitive stress injury occurs when continually performing a task that damages one or more parts of the body. Many occupations require repetitive movements that can eventually take a toll on a worker’s body. If you work in an office and type on a computer all day, you can develop carpal tunnel syndrome from constant use of the keyboard. A grocery clerk could strain their wrists by repeatedly using a scanner.

What can you do to prevent falls?

According to the National Institute on Aging, your risk of a fall rises the older you get, and every year more than one out of three Pennsylvanians age 65 and older will suffer a fall. Falling can result in a devastating injury for an older adult, especially if you have underlying health issues such as osteoporosis, which can make your bones more susceptible to fractures. In some cases, a fall may result from the negligence of others; for example, the proprietors of a business may have a broken sidewalk outside or fail to notify visitors of a wet spot on the floor. 

While you cannot control the actions of others, you can take steps to protect yourself from falling. An assistive device, such as a cane or a walker, can help you feel more steady when ambulating. Your physician can refer you to a physical therapist who will be able to help you choose the right device and instruct you on its proper use.

Being aware of the hazards of driving around big rigs

You have probably heard stories about vehicles that were driving carelessly around a big rig and ended up getting in a serious accident. In fact, when you learned to drive, you were probably reminded of the importance of respecting the sheer size of semi-trucks. At Douglas, Joseph & Olson, we have helped many folks in Pennsylvania to overcome the consequences of being involved in a truck accident. 

If you are like many people, you probably attribute the dangers of driving near a truck to be related only to their size. However, there are actually many more reasons why driving around big rigs presents challenges and hazards that you should be aware of. According to Esurance, a few more of the reasons why big trucks can be hazardous if you are driving carelessly around them include the following:

  • They take significantly longer to stop if you slam on your brakes or pull out in front of them. 
  • They create exponentially larger amounts of spray in inclement weather which can create major obstruction if you are driving in a smaller vehicle. 
  • They are much heavier than an average vehicle, especially when loaded with cargo.
  • They have large blind spots which can make it so they conceal your vehicle almost entirely if you are riding right alongside the truck.
  • Due to the height of big trucks, if you are involved in a crash with one, there is a good chance that your car could end up underneath the truck.

Can a coach be held liable for sports-related injuries?

Sports injuries are something that occurs often, especially in contact sports. While coaches work hard to keep players safe, accidents still happen. In some cases, coaches may put their players in harm's way without realizing it. If you are considering coaching a team in Pennsylvania, then it might help you to understand the liability you undertake as a coach.

While you may think liability lies with the school or sports organization under which you are coaching, that is not always true, according to Huff Insurance. Decisions you make regarding practice and play can make you personally liable for injuries. For example, if you do not allow players to drink enough water and one gets dehydrated, you could be liable. Another example is choosing to practice in bad weather. Falls or other injuries caused by the weather could make you liable.

Can you do things at work to stay safer and reduce your risks?

Worker's compensation is an incredibly valuable benefit for you to have. When you are looking for employment, it is in your best interest to find an employer who provides worker's compensation in the event you are involved in a work-related accident. It is especially important if you work in an industry that subjects you to prevalent risks. However, when you take the time learn about how to stay safer in your job, you can reduce your risks and be more confident in your ability to safely perform your job responsibilities. 

According to SafeWise, something that you may not have considered before is that working in an office environment can also disrupt your health and well-being, especially if you do not take measures to ensure that you are maintaining your natural posture. Here are some of the things you can do to stay safe behind the desk:

  • Be familiar with the emergency escape route of the building you work in. 
  • Implement deep breathing and meditation into your routine. You can even practice between phone calls or meetings. 
  • Invest in an ergonomic chair that allows you to maintain a natural posture and supports your neck and back.
  • Do not be afraid to notify your employer if you are uncomfortable or your workstation is not functional. 
  • Know what your rights are so you are aware if your employer is ever taking advantage of your work ethic. 

How to spot nursing home abuse

Approximately one in 10 Americans over 60 years old experience some form of elder abuse. Whether it's verbal, physical or neglect, older adults are targeted as victims, and only one out of 14 cases are reported to the authorities.

With most elder abuse cases, family members are the perpetrators. However, 40 percent of cases show abuse from a stranger or caretaker, which makes nursing homes the perfect habitat for abusers. It's crucial to know the signs of elder abuse and how to report it.

Can I get SSD and workers' comp benefits at the same time?

After your debilitating accident on the job site in Pennsylvania, you probably went straight to the emergency department of the nearest hospital. Once you learned that your injuries will keep you from returning to work, your first thought may have been what you will do without the income. 

As the Social Security Administration explains, your employer carries workers' compensation insurance to cover your medical costs, and your benefits will include a portion of your wages. However, that portion is two-thirds of your average earnings. The average may be calculated in a number of different ways, but the result is still going to be considerably less than your paychecks.

Tips for driving safely around big trucks

If you have ever stood beside a semi-truck and examined its structure, you will realize just how large they are. Because they are so big, they are also much heavier and more difficult to stop. Understanding how to drive safely and responsibly around a big truck can help protect you and your passengers and encourage other drivers to be observant as well. Whenever you notice a truck on the road in Pennsylvania, be vigilant and courteous in passing. 

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, big trucks face a variety of operating limitations that other, smaller vehicles do not. Some of the things you should be aware of when driving around a large truck include the following:

  • Increase your following distance to allow the truck enough room to navigate between lanes.
  • Never drive when you are distracted, tired or under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
  • Change lanes carefully to pass a large truck without cutting in front and causing a hazard.
  • Practice patience and realize that due to the sheer size of a semi, it is going to require more time to stop and accelerate. 
  • Do not drive right next to a big truck for an extended period of time as they do have significant blind spots. 
  • When stopped behind a semi, remember that they need a lot more space to make a turn. As a precaution, stay behind the truck and wait for it to complete its turn before you follow. 

Does the store owner have to pay for your slip-and-fall injuries?

There was a slick patch on the floor in the Pennsylvania store where you were shopping, and you slipped and fell. As is common with slip-and-fall accidents, you hurt your wrist as you tried to break your fall, and you also hit your head on the floor. You needed emergency medical attention, and you missed a few days of work as you recovered. Should the store owner have to pay for the medical bills, pain and suffering, and your lost wages?

According to FindLaw, the answer to this question of liability depends on several factors. Naturally, one of these is that your injuries are directly related to your accident. However, whether the accident was someone else's fault may be more difficult to prove. 

The basics of workers' compensation in Pennsylvania

Even if your work-related injury is not life-threatening, it could still lead to medical expenses and quite a few days off from your job in Pennsylvania. Like many people, you may not have extra money to pay the costs and cover your lost wages without having to juggle your finances. At Douglas, Joseph & Olson Attorneys at Law, we often answer questions about what workers' options are after an on-the-job injury.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry's Bureau of Workers' Compensation, state law requires almost all Pennsylvania employers to carry workers' compensation insurance. This coverage should pay all of the medical expenses related to your work injury beginning with any charges on the first day of your injury and going forward.

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