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PA Workers Compensation: Teachers

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It may be hard to believe, but teachers can be quite prone to injuries. Be it injuries from assault and breaking up fights, sprains from physical activity when teaching gym, or mental health issues as a result of disruptive classroom behavior and stress, teacher have a number of health issues they need to worry about.

 

Some of the most common injuries associated with teaching include :

 

  • Slips and Trips – These can result from simply slipping while teaching class, or trying to break up a fight amongst students.
  • Back Injuries – These can result from lifting heavy school supplies or, most commonly, performing physical activities while teaching gym class.
  • Mental Health Issues – The stress of dealing with disruptive students or uncooperative parents and coworkers can lead to serious anxiety, depression, or stress issues.

 

School boards and supervisors will often try to tell teachers that the school is not responsible for such injuries, or that the injured teacher should pay for their treatment out-of-pocket because the injury is not the school district’s fault. This, however, is not true. Teachers that have been injured on the job are entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits.

 

If you are a teacher living in the Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre, or Scranton area that has been injured on the job, call PAWorkersCompHelpNow for a FREE consultation. Do not miss out on the benefits you are entitled to. Call (717) 234-2402 or send us a message.

 

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PA Workers Comp: Muscle and Joint and Safety

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Many workers in Pennsylvania that work labor-intensive jobs (such as landscaping, hydrofracking, custodial work, etc) experience muscle and/or joint issues.

 

Among the most common joint issues is arthritis, which can occur in the following forms:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE or lupus)

 

All of these examples are covered by Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits, even if the arthritis existed prior to the injured worker’s start date. Such an injury would fall under the category of aggravation of pre-existing conditions, which is absolutely covered by Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits (despite what your employer may try to tell you).

 

Some different types of muscle injuries include :

  • Torn Muscles
  • Sprain
  • Strains
  • Repetitive Stress Injuries (such as carpal tunnel syndrome)

 

The best way to avoid on-the-job muscle and joint issues is to use proper ergonomics, take plenty of breaks, maintain a healthy lifestyle that consists of a good diet and exercise, and to use all proper safety equipment.

 

However, if you live in the Harrisburg, Lewistown, or State College area and are experiencing work-related muscle and joint issues, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. Contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 or send us a message. We will evaluate your case FREE of charge. DO NOT miss out on the benefits you are ENTITLED to!

 

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PA Workers Comp Safety: Custodians and Maintenance Workers

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Nearly every workplace in Pennsylvania has a custodian on staff. In fact, the Harrisburg–Carlisle area is home to over 11,500 maintenance workers. Maintenance workers often wear many hats, some of which may include construction, cleaning, landscaping, and mechanic work. These are all heavily physical jobs, which means custodians and maintenance workers often receive injuries while on the job.

 

Some of the most common injuries associated with maintenance work include :

 

Shoulder Injuries

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Knee Injuries

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Neck Injuries

Head Injuries

Hearing Loss

 

To avoid injuries such as these, it's important to follow proper safety procedures. All lifting should be done using proper ergonomics, all proper safety equipment should be worn (for example, hard hats, goggles, and ear plugs) when necessary, and workers should take their jobs seriously. They should arrive to work well-rested and should not horse around on the job.

 

If you are a custodian or maintenance worker who has been injured on the job and you live in the Harrisburg, York, or Lancaster area, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow by sending us a message or calling (717) 234-2402. Do not miss out on the benefits you are entitled to.

 

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Should I Try to Work After a Work-Related Injury?

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Often, after receiving work-related injury, the injured person will try to work through the pain. Workers often do this for a number of reasons, some of which include fear of being judged by their coworkers as well as the fear of angering their employer. This is NEVER a good idea. This could not only damage your chances of receiving Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits, but it could also cause serious health problems.

 

Trying to work through an injury can cause the injury to worsen, leading to a longer recovery period and, in more serious cases, permanent consequences. If you receive any type of work-related injury, you should stop working immediately and be examined by a medical professional. Only when a doctor gives you the go-ahead to keep working is it safe to do so.

 

Working through an injury can also damage a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claim. Even if you try just for a few seconds or a few minutes and decide the pain is just too much, an onlooker may try to accuse you of faking. Many employers will do anything they possibly can to get out of covering a work-related injury. Don’t give them anything to work with.

 

If you have received a work related injury and live in the Harrisburg, Reading, or York area, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow for a FREE consultation. Call (717) 234-2402 or send us a message. Don’t miss out on the benefits you are entitled to.

 

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PA Workers Comp and Pre-existing Conditions

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In terms of Pennsylvania workers’ compensation, a pre-existing condition is an injury, illness, or health issue that existed before a worker started working for their current employer.

When an employee aggravates a pre-existing condition as a result of work-related duties, many employers will try to get out of paying for the injury. “You’ve had this injury your whole life”, they may say, “it’s not our fault”.

This, however, is not true. Aggravation of a pre-existing condition is covered by Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. Some examples involving pre-existing conditions include :

  • A construction worker who has had a bad back their whole life begins experiencing more severe back pain as a result of heavy lifting on the job.
  • An office worker who has had anxiety issues in the past begins having panic attacks as a result of work-related stress
  • A hydrofracker with asthma begins experiencing breathing issues as a result of job-site dust and chemicals
  • An office worker who has had wrist problems in the past develops carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of typing too much
  • A landscaper who has had hearing issues in the past experiences hearing loss as a result of working around loud machinery

If you live in Harrisburg, Lancaster, or Chambersburg and have been injured on the job, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. If you job has caused the aggravation of a pre-existing condition, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow online or give us a call at (717) 234-2402. Do not miss out on the benefits you are entitled to!

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Pa Workers Comp: Workplace Bullying

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It’s an unfortunate fact of life that some people never grow up. Despite the fact most would assume that bullies would kick their bad habits after graduating high school, a lot of bullying does go on in the American workplace.
 
Examples of workplace bullying include : 
 
  • Verbally abusing somebody by shouting and/or swearing
  • A single employee being singled out for unjustified criticism or blame, by either a coworker or a supervisor
  • Exclusion from company activities such as lunches and picnics
  • Having an employee’s contributions and accomplishments purposely ignored
  • Embarrassing or humiliating somebody
  • Pranks and practical jokes, especially if they are constantly being done on the same person
 
Workplace bullying is not only bad for morale, but it can also lead to serious mental and physical health problems for its victims. Common issues that appear in victims or workplace bullying include : 
 
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Digestive Issues
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Suicidal Thoughts 
IF YOU, A COWORKER, OR ANYONE ELSE YOU KNOW IS SHOWING ANY SYMPTOMS OF SUICIDAL THOUGHTS (warning signs can be found here) IT’S IMPORTANT THAT THIS PERSON SEE A DOCTOR OR A MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL IMMEDIATELY!
 
If bullying is going on in your workplace, speak with your supervisor to discuss what can be done to stop the behavior. And, if you or one of your coworkers is experiencing mental or physical health problems as a result of workplace bullying, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. If you live in the Harrisburg, Allentown, or Bethlehem area, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow for a FREE consultation. Give us a call at (717) 234-2402 or send us a message. 
 
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PA Workers Comp Injuries: Knee Injuries

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Knee problems are amongst the most common work-related injuries in Pennsylvania. Some jobs in Pennsylvania that can lead to knee injuries include landscaping, hydrofracking, and various other labor jobs. 
 
To avoid knee injuries on the job, it’s important to lift using proper technique and also to take plenty of breaks and stretch often.
 
Here are some of the most common work-related knee injuries, as well as a little bit of information about each one:
 
Knee Sprain
Knee sprains are injuries to the ligaments that hold the knee together. Knee sprains occur when the ligaments become stretched or torn and cause the knee to become either painful or unusable, depending on the severity of the sprain.  
 
Meniscus Tear
A meniscus tear is an injury that occurs as a result of injury to the inside of the knee. The knee contains pieces of cartilage that absorb shock for the thigh bone. This cartilage can become damaged due to overuse (which could classify as a repetitive strain injury) and can slowly become unusable. 
 
Knee Joint Dislocation
A knee joint dislocation usually occurs after the knee takes a high-impact hit. This injury causes severe damage to all the components of the knee and can damage blood vessels. Joint dislocations of the knee require emergency surgery. 
 
Knee Fractures
Knee fractures occur as a result of blows to the knee bones, or when a person falls directly down onto the knee. 
 
If you work in Pennsylvania and have suffered any type of work-related injury, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at 717-234-2402 for a FREE consultation. We serve Harrisburg, Scranton, and Pottsville, as well as all other locations in Pennsylvania. Do not miss out on the benefits you are entitled to!
 
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PA Workers Comp: Scars and Disfigurement

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In terms of Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits, injuries that involve scars and disfigurement to the head, neck or face are often unique. 
 
Under the PA. Workers' Compensation Act Section (c) (22) , an injured worker in Pennsylvania is entitled to benefits " For serious and permanent disfigurement of the head, neck or face , of such a character as to produce an unsightly appearance, and such as is not usually incident to the employment , sixty-six and two thirds per centum of wages not to exceed two hundred seventy-five weeks."
 
These scarring injuries sometimes leave workers physically capable of performing their job, which will often make them think they are not entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. However, injuries such as these often lead to pain and suffering that is not necessarily physical. 
 
Injuries that cause scars or disfigurement can often damage a person’s self esteem, which can lead to serious mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Issues such as these are absolutely covered by Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, many people are not aware of this, and it is typically not a piece of information an employer will voluntarily share with a scarred or disfigured worker. 
 
Common injuries that can lead to scars and disfigurement include : 
 
 
In order to receive PA workers’ comp benefits for scars and disfigurement, the injured person must prove that the injuries were work related. The best way to do this is to contact a certified Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney. A competent legal representative will be able to answer all of your questions and let you know whether or not you have a case.  
 
If you live in the Harrisburg, State College, or Wilkes-Barre area and suffer from disfigurement or scars from a work-related injury, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 for a FREE consultation. 
 
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PA Workers Comp Safety: Auto Mechanics

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A quick search on Yelp.com shows that there are many mechanics in the Harrisburg area. Because of the amount of labor involved with working on vehicles, auto mechanics are amongst the most commonly injured workers in Harrisburg. 
 
Below are some of the most common injuries associated with auto mechanics, as well as some tips that can be used to prevent them. 
 
Back Injuries
Because of the amount of movement and lifting that comes with working on cars, many mechanics receive back injuries. The best way to avoid back injuries while on the job is to use proper lifting technique, as well as to stretch regularly and take plenty of breaks. 
 
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome can occur to those who are required to work with vibrating equipment. Some good tips for preventing carpal tunnel syndrome include changing grips, using a different tool, wearing a brace, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 
 
Electric Shock
Because mechanics frequently work with wiring and power tools, they are prone to electric shock. To avoid electric shock, all mechanics should thoroughly inspect all equipment and all workers should be properly trained on how to use how powered equipment.  
 
Trips and Slips
Since mechanics frequently work around oil, windshield washer fluid, as well as other liquids, it’s pretty common for a mechanic to slip on a spill. It’s important for garages to make sure the floor stays safe by quickly cleaning up all spills and keeping it free of clutter. 
 
If you are a mechanic who has been injured on the job and live in the Harrisburg, Williamsport, or Lewistown area, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow for a FREE consultation. Contact us at (717) 234-2402 or send us an email.
 
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PA Workers Comp: Taking Work Home

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Many workers in Pennsylvania, especially those that work office jobs and are not paid by the hour, occasionally must take work home. When work is taken home and leads to an injury or illness, people are often left wondering whether or not they are entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. 
 
This area of workers’ compensation is not black and white. If you are unsure of whether or not an injury you received as a result of working from home qualifies you for Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits, you should speak with an attorney immediately. However, we do have some guidelines that may help you answer the question. 
 
One of the most important factors to consider is whether or not the work was taken home voluntarily. If, for example, somebody took work home just because they didn’t have anything to do that evening (sounds like a rare case, but it happens) and not because they were asked to do so or were facing a deadline, it may be difficult to win a workers’ comp case. 
 
On the other hand, if somebody takes work home because their supervisor told them to do so, are facing an approaching deadline, or doesn't have enough time at the office to do all of their work, there’s a good chance the injured person could qualify for Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. 
 
After determining whether or not the person was forced to take their work home, it’s time to consider the nature of the injury. In order for a person to qualify for Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits from taking work home, it must be proven that the injury was work-related. For example, has the stress of having to bring work home often caused a person to experience anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues? If so, the injured person may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. On the other hand, if somebody is working at home, gets up to get a snack from the fridge and slips on some spilled water, the injury would most likely not be considered work-related. 
 
If you have received a work-related injury and live in the Harrisburg, Gettysburg, or Chambersburg area, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 or send us an email.
 
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