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PA Workers Comp Safety: Rain

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Spring has finally arrived in Pennsylvania. And that means that for the next few months, it's going to be wet outside. Below are a few safety tips you and your coworkers can use if you are required to work outside in rainy conditions.
 
Wear The Right Clothing
Wear clothing that will keep you dry. If you know you will be working in the rain, wear water-proof, non-slip boots. This will prevent both wet feet and falling. You should also wear water-proof gloves and a rain jacket. Wear colors that will make you visible (especially if you are working along the road) and use anti-fog spray if you are required to wear goggles.
 
DO NOT Work with Electricity
If your task involves any wires or working with electric tools, save it for another day. Working with electricity in the rain is a bad idea and can lead to electricution.
 
Be Cautious
A rainy sky means a wet ground. In wet conditions, workers are at risk for running into damp soil or slipping on a wet surface. If it's raining, move slowly and watch your step. Keep your eyes open for wet surfaces and soft ground. Avoid. If you are required to use a ladder or scaffold, do so with extreme caution.
 
If you have been injured on the job and live in the Harrisburg, State College, or Pottsville areas, contacts PaWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 for a free consultation. Do not miss out on the benefits you are entitled to. 
 

PA Workers Comp Benefits: What Business Owners Need to Know

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In Pennsylvania, it’s important for business owners to understand that it is their responsibility to provide a safe work environment and to also cover the medical costs of all injured workers. Below is some information business owners need to know regarding Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. 
 
Fault Doesn’t Matter
Many employers will try to get out of paying workers’ compensation benefits by claiming that the injury was not their fault. However, fault is not a factor when it comes to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. If an employee is injured on the job, it is the employer’s responsibility to cover the costs of the injury.  
 
It’s the Employer’s Responsibility to Properly Train all Employees
Untrained workers are a danger to themselves and everyone else on the job. It’s the employer’s responsibility to make sure that all workers are thoroughly trained on all tasks, equipment, and safety procedures.  It’s also a good idea to have instructions and manuals readily available at all times that employees can access if they have any questions. 
 
You Cannot Fire or Mistreat an Employee for Filing a Workers’ Comp Claim
In Pennsylvania, it is every injured workers’ right to file a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claim. If the claim is rejected, they are also allowed to hire an attorney and dispute this claim. It is not okay to fire, lay off, reduce the hours of, or mistreat any employee just because he or she has filed a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claim. 
 
If you have been injured on the job in Pennsylvania, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits EVEN if your employer has rejected your claim. Do not miss out on what you are entitled to. If you live in the Allentown, Bethlehem, or Reading area, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 or send us a message.
 
We proudly serve Schuylkill, Snyder, and Somerset county, as well as all other areas in Pennsylvania. 
 

PA Workers Comp Safety: Bricklaying

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Bricklayers are among some of the hardest working individuals in Pennsyvalnia. And through the combination of heavy lifting, working in the heat, crouching, and bending over, it should come as no surprise that bricklayers are not strangers to work-related injuries. Below are some of the most common injuries associated with bricklaying in Pennsylvania.
 
Back Injuries
Bricklayers spend a lot of time lifting heavy objects, crouching, and bending over. Because of this, it is very common for bricklayers to suffer from back injuries. To remain safe on the job, it’s important for bricklayers to lift using proper technique, ask for help when lifting anything that is too heavy for one person.
 
Concussions
Bricklayers typically work on construction sites where there are lots of heavy objects. Because of this, it’s important to wear a properly fitting hard hat in case something falls or in case of trips and slips. When working from heights, bricklayers should use ladders and scaffolds that are in good condition and should concentrate fully on the task at hand, as falling from heights can not only lead to serious head injuries, but can also be fatal. 
 
Heat-Related Illnesses
Since most bricklaying is done in the summer, bricklayers are often at risk for heat-related illnesses. These include heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat rash. To avoid these, it’s important to remain hydrated, take plenty of breaks, and wear appropriate clothing. The Center for Disease Control says that those working in the heat should drink one cup of water every 15-20 minutes. Clothing should be breathable and light. If a job requires heavy safety equipment such as goggles, gloves, or other heavy clothing items, it should be saved for a day where the temperatures aren’t too high.
 
If you are a bricklayer working in Pennsylvania and have suffered from a work-related injury, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. Do not miss out on what you are entitled to. If you live in the Harrisburg, Scranton, or Pottsville area, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 or send us a message.
 
We proudly serve Philadelphia, Pike, and Potter county, as well as all other areas in Pennsylvania. 
 
 

PA Workers Comp: Dealing With Hazwaste

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Pennsylvania workers that deal with hazwaste are at risk for many serious injuries. These include chemical burns, respiratory issues, poisoning, and many others. Some industries that work with hazwaste on a regular basis include power plants, hydrofracking, healthcare, and construction. Below are a few safety tips you and your coworkers can follow to guarantee that your hazwaste is handled properly and that no hazwasted related injuries take place.   
 
Store Hazwaste Properly
Every form of hazwaste has different rules for storage. It’s important that you use the right container and label for whatever hazwaste you are storing. It’s also very important that you understand the amount of time you are allowed to store each form of waste as well as how much of it is safe to store on your job site. Every chemical has its own set of rules regarding how much of it can be stored and how long it can stay put. 
 
Wear Proper Safety Equipment
When handling hazwaste, it’s important that all proper safety equipment is utilized. This includes gloves, goggles, respiratory protection, and anything else that will protect you from coming in contact with hazardous material. 
 
Plan for Emergencies
If an emergency does occur, it’s important that you have a plan in place. Know which person is assigned to which specific task (for example clean up, calling 911, tending to injuries, etc.) and also have an evacuation strategy ready in case there is a need to exit the building. This plan should be thoroughly understood by ALL employees. It should be reviewed at least annually, and detailed instructions of this plan should be readily available to all employees at all times. 
 
If you live in Pennsylvania and have suffered from a work-related injury related to working with hazwaste, contact a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney immediately. If you live in the Harrisburg, State College, or Wilkes-Barre area, call (717) 234-2402 or send us a message to receive a free consultation.     
 
We proudly serve Northampton, Northumberland, and Perry County, as well as all other areas in Pennsylvania. 
 

PA Workers Comp: Injuries from Animals

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If you live in Pennsylvania and work with or around animals, you understand the risks of failing to follow proper safety procedures.

 

Some workplaces that require employees to work with or around animals include :

 

·         Veterinary hospitals

·         State and private parks

·         Zoos

·         Pet Stores

·         Farms

·         Pet Grooming Facilities

 

Of course, every animal will have its own set of safety rules and it’s essential that they be followed. However, there are a few safety tips that apply to all situations. We’ve outline some of those below.

 

Use Caution

When working around animals, it’s important to not make any sudden movements or loud noises. Speak softly and move slowly. It’s also important to devote your full attention to the task and to have at least one other person with you at all times in case any type of injury takes place.

 

Learn About the Animal You Work With

Different animals have different needs and body language. If you know you will be working with a specific animal, learn as much as you can about its behavior and aggression patterns.

 

Restrain Animals When Necessary/Possible

Safely restraining animals can help avoid serious injuries. Large animals can be place in stocks or stalls while animals such dogs can be muzzled.

 

Wear Proper Equipment

This includes items such as safety goggles, masks, gloves, footwear, etc. Remember that it’s better to be safe than sorry. Even if you’re only going to be dealing with an animal for a quick second, it’s in your best interest to be protected.

 

If you live in Pennsylvania and have suffered from a work-related injury related to working with animals, contact a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney immediately. If you live in the Harrisburg, Williamsport, or Lewistown area, call (717) 234-2402 or send us a message to receive a free consultation.

   

We proudly serve Monroe, Montgomery, and Montour County, as well as all other areas in Pennsylvania. 

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. 
 
We proudly serve Cameron, Carbon, and Centre counties, as well as all other areas in Pennsylvania!
 

Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation: Assault and Workplace Violence

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Almost 2 million Americans report incidents of workplace violence each year. This is a scary statistic, because every person has the right to a safe and comfortable work environment. One of the most common questions we receive is whether or not victims of workplace violence are entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. 
 
The answer to this question generally depends on the circumstances surrounding the incident.  Incidents that occur BECAUSE of employment are covered, while incidents that only occur DURING employment are usually not covered. Below are some explanations as well as some examples of each category. 
 
Because of Employment
Incidents that occur because of employment include incidents that arise out of or are worsened by a situation that took place at work. For example, if a nurse is treating a difficult and violent patient and, as a result of doing his or her job, is struck or knocked over, any injuries the nurse received would be covered by Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. Another similar example would be a violent retail customer, as long as the violence that took place was not the result of personal issues between the attacker and the employee.  
 
During Employment
Unfortunately, injuries that merely occur DURING working hours, and are not a result of a person’s job, are not usually covered by Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. Let’s say, for example, Steve and Jeff get into an argument over the weekend. On Monday, Steve visits Jeff at his place of employment, punches him in the face, and breaks his nose. Since the altercation was personal and had nothing to do with work, the Jeff would not likely be able to get workers’ compensation benefits for his injury. 
 
If, however, when Steve showed up at the workplace he was egged or provoked by some of Jeff’s coworkers, it’s possible that Jeff would be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. 
 
Determining the validity of a case on your own can be difficult. If you are ever the victim of workplace violence, it’s in your best interest to contact a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney to find out whether or not you should pursue legal action. 
 
If you live in the Harrisburg, State College, or Scranton area, contact PaWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 for a FREE consultation. DO NOT miss out on the benefits you are entitled to. 
 

PA Workers Comp: What Happens if I Refuse Treatment?

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In regards to your Pennsylvania workers’ compensation case, you have the right to refuse any treatment at any time. However, what most people want to know is how refusing treatment will impact their Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claim. 
 
Unlike many areas in PA workers’ comp, this issue is fairly black and white. Pennsylvania courts have determined that if an injured worker refuses any “reasonable medical treatments” in regards to their work related injury, they forfeit their right to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation. 
 
A “reasonable medical treatment” is defined as a treatment that has a high probability of curing a health problem and enhancing the injured worker’s prospect for gainful and fulfilling employment.
 
Basically, if your doctor recommends a treatment and you refuse it, your PA workers’ compensation benefits will most likely be terminated. However, one very important thing to keep in mind is that the doctor is the only person who should be recommending treatments. Your employer or the insurance company should not be recommending that you do anything and, if they do, you need to speak with a competent Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney immediately. And, most importantly, DO NOT begin any treatments without consulting with your doctor. 
 
If you have been injured on the job, live in the Harrisburg, Chambersburg, or Gettysburg area, and have been denied Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 for a free consultation. Do not miss out on the benefits you are entitled to. 

PA Workers Compensation: Who Has Your Best Interest In Mind?

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In this post, we may be painting with a bit of a broad brush, but in most cases, it can be pretty easy to determine who has your best interest in mind when filing a Pennsylvania workers' compensation claim.   Below is some information you can use to determine what you can expect from each of these parties. 
 
Your Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Attorney
Obviously, your PA workers' compensation attorney is going to be looking out for your best interest. However, it is to your advantage to hire an attorney that is experienced and certified in the field of Pennsylvania workers' compensation. If your attorney tells you to do something, you have no reason to mistrust them. 
 
Your Employer
If your employer denies your Pennsylvania workers' compensation claim, there is a good chance they are hiding some information from you. Employers will often come up with invalid excuses for not allowing someone to receive Pennsyvalnia workers' compensation benefits. They will often bully their workers into believing that the injury was the fault of their own, that their injury is not serious enough for Pennsylvania workers' compensation, or even tell them that if they file for workers' comp they will be fired. These are all unethical tactics used to bully people around. You should never believe anything your employer tells you in regards to Pennsylvania workers' compensation without first consulting with an attorney. 
 
The Insurance Company
The insurance company will likely be even more against you than your employer. They will do anything they can to avoid covering your Pennsylvania workers' compensation claim. This includes hiring private investigators to follow you around with a camera, monitoring your social media accounts, and accusing you of fraud. 
 
The Independent Medical Exam Doctor
For your Independent Medical Exam, you are required to visit a doctor of the insurance company's choosing. Because of this, there is a good chance they are going to do whatever they can to side with the insurance company. To get the most out of this exam, it's in your best interest that you memorize the details, arrive on time, and be polite. The last thing you want to do is anger or lie to your doctor. 
 
If you live in the Harrisburg, State College, or Lancaster area and have been injured on the job, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 for a free conslutation. Do not miss out on the benefits you are entitled to. 

Tips for Having Your PA Workers’ Comp Claim Accepted

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It's no secret that insurance companies will do all they can to get out of covering a Pennsylvania workers' compensation claim. Below are a few tips you can use increase your chances of not being rejected. 
 
1. Report Your Injury in a Timely Fashion
In Pennsylvania, you have 120 days to report your injury. However, waiting this long can still damage your case and may make you look suspicious. It's best to report your injury as soon as it happens to guarantee proper documentation. 
 
2. DO NOT Hide Anything From Your Doctor
Be sure to thoroughly and honestly answer all of your doctor's questions. If your claims support your doctor's report, the claim will likely not be accepted. Honestly answer all questions regarding how the injury took place, where it hurts, and the severity of the pain. 
 
3. Be Honest with Your Attorney
Sometimes, people will withold information from their attorney out of feat of damaging the PA workers' comp case. The truth is, an experienced Pennsylvania workers' compensation attorney knows exactly how to handle information like this and will not allow it to damage yor case. Not giving your attorney all of the facts could cause a contradiction to occur in court, which would not help your case at all. 
 
4. Follow Your Doctor's Orders
Many insurance companies will hire private investigators to make sure all injured workers are following the doctor's orders. If you are caught breaking ANY of the medical professional's recommendations, your case will likely be lost. It's in the best interest of not only your health, but also your PA workers' comp claim that you follow the doctor's instructions at ALL times. Even if you think no one is watching. 
 
If you have been injured on the job and your PA workers' compensation claim has been denied, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 for a FREE conslutation. We serve all of Pennsylvania, including the Harrisburg, Gettysburg, and Scranton area!