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October 2018 Archives

Injured Workers to Get Increased Funding for Uninsured Employer Claims

Far too often, Pennsylvania workers who get hurt on the job find out that their employers do not carry workers' compensation insurance. To protect against this, in 2006, Pennsylvania lawmakers created the Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund ("UEGF") to help these injured workers with payment of wage loss and medical benefits. Unfortunately, the UEGF was not properly funded when it was created, and, as a result, payment of the much-needed benefits have been delayed or never paid.Senate Bill 676, a companion to the recently proposed reimplementation of Pennsylvania's Impairment Rating Evaluation (IRE) procedures, would increase funding to the UEGF by more than doubling the assessments paid by workers' compensation insurers. This provision would be a welcome change to the current state of affairs for injured workers, who, through no fault of their own, find themselves out of work and without payment of benefits-simply because their employers did not have workers' compensation insurance. In addition, these workers should not suffer because state lawmakers did not properly address funding for the UEGF. 

Gov. Wolf signs a bill requiring injured workers to be reexamined

On Oct. 24, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill that will now require seriously injured workers to undergo an additional layer of scrutiny to continue receiving workers' compensation benefits. This latest law essentially overturns the previous law that did away with follow-up exams for workers with the most profound injuries. It was declared unconstitutional in June of last year.

Crew member dies after fall on Pennsylvania movie set

It's been less than a year since the documentary film about the children's show icon Fred Rogers -- Won't You Be My Neighbor? -- first captured audiences' hearts at the Sundance Film Festival. Now another film about the beloved host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is in production here in Pennsylvania, starring another beloved figure -- Tom Hanks.

Cardiovascular disease is a real threat for some workers

Certain jobs carry with them an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Some do so because job-related tasks are stressful or overly sedentary, workers are exposed to excessive amounts of pollutants or are forced to work fluctuating schedules. Each of these factors can make workers more vulnerable to developing heart disease than others.

How social media can cost you workers' compensation benefits

Unfortunately, some people file exaggerated or completely fraudulent claims for workers' compensation. That harms not only employers and the system as a whole but workers who are legitimately injured or ill and entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits.

Most workplace incidents are both predictable and preventable

According to a report published into the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Safe Sound, most workplace illnesses and injuries can be both predicted and prevented. One of the best ways to avoid these incidents is for workers and their supervisors to gain a better understanding as to which ones have occurred in the past and why.

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