When you are injured at work, it can be frightening and frustrating. You are worried about your job, paying your bills, your family, and your health. However, Pennsylvania workers' compensation laws protect employees who are injured on the job. These laws require employers to pay for an injured workers' medical bills and a portion of the workers' lost wages while he or she is out of work. In some cases, an injured worker may be entitled to receive compensation for a permanent disability.
It is important that you protect your right to receive workers' compensation benefits if you have been injured at work. Contacting an experienced Harrisburg workers' compensation attorney can take some of the stress off of you so that you can focus on your recovery while the attorney protects your right to receive workers' compensation benefits.
Have You Suffered One of These Common Workplace Injuries?
Any injury you suffer while on the job should be covered by workers' compensation provided the injury occurred during your normal work activities. The list below contains the most common types of workplace injuries that we see throughout Pennsylvania.
- Overexertion - Overexertion is the most common work-related injury and it can occur in any workplace. Pulling, lifting, twisting, carrying, and pushing objects can easily result in severe and debilitating injuries. From back strains to sprains, overexertion costs employees and employers billions of dollars each year. Employers should provide training and tools to prevent overexertion injuries.
- Falls - Slips, trips, and falls are also very common types of workplace injuries in Pennsylvania. This type of injury can occur in any work environment from construction sites to offices and hospitals. A fall from any height can result in severe injuries. You should always see a physician after a fall at work.
- Repetitive Motion Injuries - This type of work-related injury occurs from performing the same activities day after day. Repetitive motion injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, and bursitis. Symptoms may include chronic pain, numbness, tingling, redness, tenderness, and increased warmth over the joint.
- Motor Vehicle Accidents - If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident while on the job, you may be entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits. This includes employees who drive as part of their job requirements as well as employees who may be running errands for their boss. This is also an example of a workplace injury that may also include a third-party claim against the other driver. You definitely should consult a workers' compensation attorney to discuss your options for recovery.
- Struck By an Object - This injury is common on construction sites where equipment is being moved or objects are being moved overhead. Safety procedures can reduce the risk of this type of injury; however, accidents do happen.
- Machinery Accidents - Workers who use heavy machinery have the risk of being injured while operating the machinery. Injuries to the feet, hands, arms, and legs are common with machinery accidents.
Do You Need a Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Attorney?
If you have been injured on the job, protect your rights by contacting the experienced workers' compensation lawyers of Handler Henning & Rosenberg LLP. Call our office to schedule a free consultation. Regardless of how you were injured or the severity of your injury, you need someone fighting on your behalf to ensure you receive the workers' compensation benefits you are entitled to receive by law. Contact our office now to speak with an attorney about your workplace injury.