Paula Robinson's Blog for Workers Compensation & Disability

Labor Day, Pay Tribute To The American Worker

tribute to the american workers

Labor Day is celebrated the first Monday in September.  It is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the economic and social achievements of American workers.  It is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Read More

Marcellus Shale Expo Takes Over Penn State

From November 16-18, 2011, the Marcellus Summit 2011 will take place at the Penn Stater located in State College “Happy Valley”, PA.  The Summit will address real issues and offer balanced perspectives on numerous issues relating to shale gas development.

For more information or to register click: http://www.outreach.psu.edu/programs/natural-gas/index.html

Warehouse

There are 1000s of warehouses across PA, and no matter what they house, injuries routinely occur.  These can be slip, trip, and fall injuries at the same level or elevated levels.  Also common are forklift and similar equipment injuries, as well as lifting injuries. Workers Compensation Attorney Paula Robinson is familiar with these types of injuries. She understands and delivers the results you and your family need.  Some injuries can even be fatal.  Often times these injuries need immediate attention, and follow-up treatment.

Manufacturing

A wide variety of injuries can take place in a manufacturing plant, from repetitive trauma injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, crush injuries from heavy machinery, chemical burns and scarring from explosions, and even psychological injuries.  Robinson Law has experience with all of these types of injuries, and can help you on the path to recovery and getting the maximum benefits for you and your family.

Hospital & Nursing Home

It is very common for these care givers to suffer upper and lower extremity injuries, including back injuries from physically assisting patients in movements, for example, from beds to chairs or wheelchairs to x-ray tables. Workers Compensation Lawyer Paula Robinson can help ensure that the proper diagnoses are recognized by the insurance companies, so that proper treatment can be given.

Drilling Rigs

The Marcellus Shale Natural Gas drilling has begun in earnest in many counties in PA, including, but not limited to, Williamsport, Monroe, Luzerne, Lackawanna, and Bradford.  The fracking process can be dangerous. Whether you have been injured while on the job, on or off a drill site, you need an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer on your side who understands this type of work.
Drilling rig injuries or deaths can occur from heavy equipment or truck accidents, chemical exposure, fires, explosions, or other freak accidents.

Trucking

We all know what the trucking industry is, but what is intermodal?  According to www.businessdictionary.com the definition of intermodal is movement of containerized (unitized) cargo over air, land, or sea through the use of different transport modes (aircraft, truck, rail, boats, ships, barges, etc.) capable of handling containers.
Besides the typically expected motor vehicle accidents, some less thought of injuries can also occur in this industry, as in others.  These include bodily reaction injuries that can occur when you dislocate body parts, overstress joints, or pull muscles while trying to prevent yourself from falling after tripping or slipping on a surface.  These injuries can also occur while trying to carry objects up or down stairs, or lifting at an awkward angle, throwing yourself off balance.
Another type of serious injury is being physically pinned between equipment or objects, such as the floor, a wall, supporting pole, crates, moving machinery, loading docks, or appliances.  At Robinson Law, we have represented claimants with these types of injuries and understand the dynamics of the same, including prolonged treatment programs sometimes necessary for such injuries.

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.