Contrary to what some may believe, the accomplishment of keeping workers safe in the workplace is a joint effort between employer and employee and not an obligation left entirely up to one party. Although employers in Pennsylvania should be actively facilitating efforts to protect workers by providing adequate training and education, employees play a central role in their own safety by participating in training, adhering to protocols and being aware of their rights as a hired worker.
No matter the type of job you have in Pennsylvania, a back injury can greatly inhibit your ability to perform your responsibilities with ease, efficiency and success. Not to mention, the lack of comfort you will have if you are performing strenuous physical movements when your back is not completely healthy, can leave you experiencing ongoing pain and put you at risk of further injury.
Pennsylvania’s construction workers deal with dangerous work environments every time they show up to work, and if you are among those making their living in the construction industry, you may have a solid understanding of just how common aches, pains and injuries are in your line of work. At Douglas, Joseph & Olson, we understand that the majority of today’s construction site deaths happen because of the same four factors, and we have helped many people who suffered construction site injuries, or lost loved ones in construction accidents, seek recourse.
When people file for workers' compensation benefits after receiving an injury at work, they have to wait until their story is investigated before their claim is approved and benefits begin. During the time people are receiving benefits in Pennsylvania, they may be required to abide by certain requirements in order to remain eligible to receive benefits. Actions that are in violation of the agreement they have made with their employer could leave them facing legal consequences.
In Pennsylvania, you could get workers' compensation benefits for most injuries you received while you were working — regardless of whether you were on premises owned or leased by your employer. Location may not matter as much as you think, or as much as people may have led you to believe. Injuries sustained while you were driving could qualify for workers' compensation benefits in some cases, for example.
If you have been injured in an accident at your workplace in Pennsylvania, you may be reeling with concerns about how you will take care of your personal needs and that of your dependents if you are not able to work while you recover. At Douglas, Joseph & Olson Attorneys at Law, we understand the challenges of having been involved in a workplace accident.
When a worker sustains an injury in his or her Pennsylvania workplace, he or she may be unable to work. He or she may also require extensive medical care and rehabilitation, which can be expensive. Fortunately, the law requires Pennsylvania employers to compensate injured parties via workers' compensation, a no-fault program. Unless the injured party was doing something excessively risky and outside the scope of his or her work duties, the employer nor the insurer can deny the workers' claim. The worker should continue to receive benefits until he or she reaches the point of maximum medical improvement and is able to return to work.
If you sustained an injury at your Pennsylvania job, and if you now receive workers' compensation benefits, your employer may lead you to believe that the benefits you receive are all that you can get. That is not true. In certain circumstances, you can reopen your workers' comp claim and request more benefits.
When workers are injured on the job, a thorough investigation is often required to uncover the reason the incident occurred and to identify ways in which preventative measures may be able to circumvent future accidents. Many businesses in Pennsylvania prioritize protocols that are designed to protect their employees and encourage responsible behavior in the workplace. When an accident does happen, employers may have the option of returning to work depending on the severity of their injury and the circumstances under which it occurred.
The construction industry in Pennsylvania is one of the most dangerous. Each day, construction workers face several significant risks including falls from heights and the hazards of working in close proximity to hazardous conditions, electricity and heavy machinery. While many companies go to great lengths to mitigate these risks and protect the safety and wellbeing of their workers, accidents can still happen. In serious cases, an accident could result in death.