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Where does COVID-19 fit into Pennsylvania's Workers' Compensation Act?

The Workers' Compensation Insurance Organizations (WCIO), an association of industry groups, has acknowledged this emerging and serious health crisis our country now faces, and the impact it will have upon workers' and employers. WCIO has authorized new methods for employers to report workplace contraction of COVID-19 to their insurance carriers and state agencies, such as Pennsylvania's Bureau of Workers' Compensation.

What professions are most likely to give you hearing loss?

Hearing loss can sneak up on a person over time -- especially if it's caused by exposure to loud noise on a daily basis. Approximately 22 million people are exposed to noise at work every day that's significant enough to cause hearing loss. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hearing loss is the most common type of work-related injury in the country.

Which employees are most at risk for occupational skin diseases?

A study that was published in 2017 in the National Safety Council's (NSC) Safety Health magazine captured how at least 13 million workers here in Pennsylvania and elsewhere throughout the United States experience potentially harmful chemical-to-skin exposure each year. There are trends as to which type of employees are most vulnerable to developing an occupational skin disease as a result.

Injured workers often fret over money matters

All employees should have a safe place to work, and the employer is the entity that should make sure this happens. The safety plan that companies follow should include the equipment and protocols necessary to reduce the risk of worker injuries. There should also be a clear plan to follow if there is a worker injury.

When does workers' compensation cover physical therapy?

Physical therapy (PT) is often part of a person's healing process. People who have suffered injuries often require PT to help regain mobility they may have lost due to the injury. It's often necessary after surgery for that same reason. PT can also help ease the pain caused by injuries and help people who have suffered a disabling injury live as normal a life as possible.

Court: Medical marijuana qualifies for workers' comp benefits

Many people use marijuana to help ease pain. However, even though medical professionals have argued that it's less addictive and dangerous than some prescription pain killers, it's still illegal under federal law. It's categorized as a Schedule 1 drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act.

Why do first responders end up in emergency rooms as patients?

If you or a loved one is an emergency medical technician (EMT), you may be heartened to hear that the demand for them is expected to keep growing for at least the next few years. However, as you know, it's a physically and emotionally demanding occupation.

State supreme court affirms rulings in favor of flight attendant

When a person suffers an injury on an employee shuttle, are they entitled to workers' compensation? One Pennsylvania case that has taken nearly five years to reach a resolution just got a unanimous ruling from the state's high court in the employee's favor.

Were you fired after a workers' compensation claim?

A workplace injury has the potential to alter your life in many ways. From your health to your finances to your career goals, you never know what the future will bring. Fortunately, with the help of workers' compensation benefits in Pennsylvania, you may be able to stabilize your finances during this difficult time.

Can you get workers' comp for a holiday party injury?

You were at your company's holiday party. The star on the top of the Christmas tree fell off, so, in the Christmas spirit, you got up on a chair to put it back on. You slipped and fell off the chair at an awkward ankle, breaking your leg. Can you get workers' compensation for that injury?

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