Harrisburg Workers' Compensation Law Blog

What's considered a permanent injury?

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), a permanent injury is described as one that impacts an individual's ability to perform the same type of work that they were able to do before the incident. The classification of permanently disabled can also be used to describe a situation in which a worker cannot make necessary adjustments because of the injuries they've suffered as well.

If one of these conditions applies to you and it can be documented that your condition will either kill you or is anticipated to endure more than a year, then it's possible to be classified as permanently disabled.

Ways to reduce ergonomic worker injuries

One national property and casualty insurance underwriter estimates that some 20 percent of all employees call off work because of injuries that can be attributed to poorly designed offices. Workers who are employed in physically demanding fields or who work in retail establishments, factories and offices all suffer ergonomic types of injuries. These types of injuries result in ever-increasing costs for employers each year.

Among the different ergonomic injuries, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are reported most often at 33 percent. These types of injuries reportedly cause employees to take off work more than any other type of workplace injury.

Is surgery necessary after a traumatic brain injury?

There is never a good time to suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI), as this has the potential to change your life in many ways.

Fortunately, there are many ways to treat a traumatic brain injury. This is why it's so important to receive medical care immediately following an accident.

When healing hurts: Injuries to healthcare workers are too common

Hospitals are meant to heal, but they can create dangerous conditions for workers.

Most people enter a health care setting, such as a clinic or hospital, to recover from an illness or injury. However, while that environment may give patients a chance to heal, it often puts those responsible for patient care at risk.

A Pennsylvania Turnpike worker is struck, killed on the job

Pennsylvania State Police put out a statement on Tuesday, Oct. 10 acknowledging that a construction worker, who'd been working near the Kittatinny Tunnel early that morning, was struck and killed on the job.

Police noted that the 63-year-old Luzerne County resident had been operating a backhoe at around 4:15 a.m. when he decided to attempt to cross the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

How worker fatigue impacts your risk of an on-the-job injury

A recent study, a collaboration between the Safety Engineers Society of America and the University of Buffalo, suggests that too little attention is being placed on worker fatigue when it comes to on-the-job safety training.

Researchers first began looking into worker fatigue, and the risk factors associated with it, in August of 2015. They began by conducting surveys aimed at understanding a workers' perception of fatigue and their ability to recognize it during their workday.

What are the symptoms of an eye socket fracture?

It may be the furthest thing from your mind, but there could come a point when you suffer an eye socket fracture. There are many causes of this, such as if a heavy object strikes you in the face.

Some of the many symptoms associated with an eye socket fracture include:

  • Black eye with swelling
  • Double vision
  • Abnormal position of the eye
  • Numbness in the cheek, eyelids or forehead
  • Swelling of the forehead or cheek

How Pennsylvania defines workplace injuries and illnesses

The way that the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (PADLI) sees it is that an employer effectively sends a message to a worker when hired. Simply by taking them on, they are sending a message that they're accepting of them and their physical or mental state as it is.

It's perhaps because of this that an employer is often held liable for any workplace injury or illness that a worker may develop or is exacerbated while on the job.

How your job may be causing your depression to get worse

A report recently released by Mental Health America suggests that one out of every 20 employees is suffering from depression.

Depression in the workplace can be caused by many stimuli. A worker's depressive symptoms may have surfaced after being forced to meet tight deadlines, because of poor co-worker relations or after sitting in their cubicles day after day interacting only with their computers.

Here’s how you can work safely in the rain

As one of our Pennsylvania readers, you know that the fall and winter months can be full of rain and wet weather in general. If you work outdoors, it's important that you follow a few tips to ensure your safety when the rain begins to come down.

Here are just a few of the many things you can do to work safely in the rain:

  • Move slowly. Even if you are in a hurry to get a job done, you need to slow down and take extreme caution. Getting ahead of yourself can lead to an accident.
  • Use the right equipment. For instance, you never want to use an electrical tool in the rain, as this can lead to electrocution.
  • Wear rain gear. It may not be comfortable, but you need to wear rain gear to keep your clothes dry. If you don't, it won't be long before you find yourself soaking wet and unable to do your job as intended.
  • Wear the right type of shoes. In addition to rain gear, you need to wear shoes that will help you maintain traction at all times.
  • Wear hand protection. Without this, you may find it a challenge to keep your grip, which can lead to an accident.

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