Harrisburg Workers' Compensation Law Blog

It’s a must to address these workers’ compensation questions

Were you recently injured on the job? Do you have reason to believe that you can receive workers' compensation benefits?

If so, you should not hesitate to learn more about the workers' compensation system in your state. Furthermore, you need to address all the most important questions, as the answers you dig up will go a long way in helping you better understand your situation.

The many causes of workplace injuries on ladders

Depending on your job and daily responsibilities, there is a chance that you may spend a good amount of time climbing up and down ladders.

While this may be part of your employment, there is something you need to remember: Climbing up and down a ladder can be a dangerous task. Even if you have done this many times in the past, it only takes one mistake or mishap in order for a serious accident to occur.

Three hidden workplace hazards that can cause injury, death

When was the last time you took the time to pinpoint any safety hazards at your place of employment?

If you don't know the answer to this question, it may be time to take a closer look in the near future. Remember this: It only takes one hazard to cause a serious injury or even death.

When employers discriminate because of acquired disabilities

When you start a new job, you're not thinking about the possibility of an eventual work injury or disabling illness. But work accidents happen, and they can leave you with compromised strength or reduced mobility. Car accidents, household injuries like falls or even a serious illness can change your ability to perform your job.

Your employer should take steps to accommodate you after a disability develops. This could mean transferring you to another department or position. It could also mean investing in equipment or accessibility options that allow you to continue your original position.

Do you need Social Security Disability Income for your PTSD?

Some people believe that post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) only affects soldiers. In reality, however, a wide range of people experience PTSD for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, a single traumatic event, such as a fatal crash when you're driving a commercial vehicle, is sufficient to cause PTSD. Witnessing the injury of another person could also cause PTSD. Recurring issues, like ongoing abuse by a manager or coworker could eventually cause PTSD.

First responders, such as firefighters and emergency medical technicians or ambulance drivers are also prone to developing PTSD over time. Other people develop PTSD as the result of a violent attack, assault or witnessing an assault on someone else. PTSD can be difficult to treat, and its symptoms can directly impact your ability to work or even care for yourself.

What’s the best treatment for a slipped disk?

A slipped disk is a serious back injury that can cause immediate pain and discomfort. Furthermore, if not treated in the appropriate manner, it can cause long-term pain that will worsen over time.

If you have any reason to believe that you have suffered a slipped disk, such as the result of lifting heavy items in the workplace, it's important to know how to treat the injury.

What to do after a work-related accident with an uninsured driver

A car accident can change your life. You can suffer serious injuries or even develop post traumatic stress, depending on the severity of the collision. Thankfully, your car insurance policy and medical insurance will help ensure that you can receive the treatment you need to heal after an accident. Depending on your insurance policies and the policy of the other driver, you shouldn't have to worry too much about expenses and financial losses from the accident.

While the state of Pennsylvania requires vehicular insurance for all drivers, not everyone obeys the law on car insurance. An accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver can cause financial uncertainty on top of any injuries or property damage.

A hip fracture could keep you off your feet

The thought of a hip fracture is enough to make most people cringe. In addition to the pain and discomfort, this type of injury can keep you off your feet for an extended period of time.

Unfortunately, many people suffer this injury every year. Hip fractures are particularly common among workers in fast paced industries, such as construction or warehousing.

Workers’ compensation mediation may be necessary

Were you injured on the job? Did you file a workers' compensation claim?

If you answered yes to both questions, you hope to receive benefits without delay. You can then use this money to pay your bills and get by while you recover from your injury.

Did you suffer a broken ankle on the job?

Breaking any bone, regardless of which one, can lead to serious pain and discomfort. Just as bad, it may hold you back from doing your job as you recover.

A broken ankle is not only painful, but this can change your life in many ways. For example, since you won't be able to walk, you may not be able to take part in activities you enjoy. At the same time, depending on your profession, you may not be able to work until you can once again use your foot without any health concern.d

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