Paula Robinson's Blog for Workers Compensation & Disability | - Part 15

Psychological Injuries

Under the PA Workers’ Compensation Act, disabilities caused by mental or psychological factors may be considered to be compensable injuries if the other elements necessary to establish a claim are met, and are in 3 specific categories.  These are:

  • Psychological stimulus causing physical injury-mental/physical
  • Psychological stimulus causing psychic injury-mental/mental
  • Physical stimulus causing psychic injury-physical/mental
  • These cases are very fact specific and can be difficult to win.

Hotel/Motel

These types of jobs are usually very physical in nature.  Scrubbing and cleaning while bent in awkward positions can place you at risk for neck, shoulder and arm injuries.  Also making beds and lifting mattresses can lead to back injuries.  Robinson Law knows the mechanics of these injuries and can help you get the benefits you deserve.

Retail

Retail trade encompasses a wide variety of different businesses such as grocery stores, car dealers, furniture stores, malls, garden, and hardware stores, just to name a few.  If you find that you have been injured while working in the retail trade, contact Robinson Law for a free initial consultation.

Food Service

Food Service Workers routinely work with pots and pans, hot ovens, ranges and stoves, as well as oils and water.  All of these can cause burns, some serious enough to scar or cause loss of use of a limb.
Food Service Workers also frequently work with meat slicers and knives, and cuts can also lead to disabling injuries.
Robinson Law can advise as to whether you can obtain additional loss of use or scarring benefits at your free initial consultation.

Utilities

Utility workers, whether they be for electric power, phone, cable, etc…all too commonly suffer falls from vehicles and equipment on the job.  Fall injuries can occur when you slip, trip, jump, misstep, lose your balance or footing when getting into and out of vehicle cabs or loading and unloading materials from vehicle beds or other parts of a vehicle or equipment.  Injuries can also occur while climbing into or out of backhoes, bucket lifts, trucks or other equipment.
Overexertion injuries are common as well.  These types of injuries often involve pushing, pulling, lifting or carrying items such as wrenches, shovels, conductors, pipes and fittings, office equipment, or boxes and cartons.  
If you find that you or someone you care for has suffered such injuries, please contact Robinson Law for a free initial consultation.

Building/Construction

Did you know that there are over 72,000 building and construction companies in PA?  From wood framers, building repair carpenters, interior finish carpenters, painting contractors, bricklayers, roofers, electricians, to plumbers, they can all suffer disabling work injuries from falling, lifting, carrying, being struck by a variety of objects, overexertion, heart attacks, or noise injuries, just to name a few.  Robinson Law has handled many claims that are catastrophic in nature and can advise you on your specific claim to ensure you are getting the necessary treatment and benefits you and yours deserve.

Firefighters/Medics/Police

These brave workers risk their lives everyday while in the line of duty.  Typical work-related accidents can include motor vehicle accidents, falls from elevations, overexertion, shooting accidents, as well as broken bones, burns, and scarring. 

Robinson Law is very versed with these types of injuries and can advise if you have a potential 3rd party lawsuit against another entity, in addition to your employer.  She can also advise if you are entitled to additional workers’ compensation benefits, besides the usual indemnity and medical benefits

Specific Loss

In addition to regular benefits workers compensation Attorney Paula Robinson, can help you receive benefits for loss of your vision, partial or total blindness, benefits for loss of hearing, partial or total deafness, benefits for disfigurement, including dental and facial breaks and deformities, benefits for any scarring above the collar line, of the neck, face, and head,benefits for total and partial amputations to arms, fingers, legs and toes.  These injuries may or may not be in conjunction with another work injury, and even if you can continue working, you may be entitled to specific loss, hearing or vision loss benefits.  At Robinson Law, we have helped workers obtain specific loss benefits for missing teeth and eye injuries.