A work-related injury can happen to anyone at any time, and in just about every type of employment. You can be working in a warehouse and suffer chronic pain from repetitive motions, or you are in an office that has flooded, creating mold and causing severe reactions. When injuries happen while you are on the clock, you can claim workers compensation to cover your income and medical bills while you recover. However, a claim is not always as straightforward as it may seem. Read More
When an accident happens at your place of work and your employer is deemed to be responsible through negligence, you have the right to seek compensation. I am sure that you are aware of the fact that most companies are very stubborn when it comes to compensating their employees even if it is quite clear that they are indeed in the wrong. Trying to pursue the matter alone might prove very frustrating especially if the company executives have at their disposal a group of heavy duty lawyers. In such a case, your only hope is to hire a workers’ compensation lawyer to represent you and argue your case out. Read More
In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Worker’s Compensation Act allows payment of compensation for loss (amputation)or permanent loss of use of body parts, binaural hearing loss of greater than 10%, disfigurement, and loss of vision in one or both eyes. This particular compensation is referred to as specific loss benefits. Specific loss benefits are an exclusive remedy, and are paid even if the worker loses no time from work.
Extremities included under specific loss benefits include leg, lower leg, foot, great toe, other toes, hand, forearm, arm, thumb, first finger, second finger, third finger, and fourth finger. The amount of benefits varies for each of the specific body parts, and may or may not include a healing period. The Pennsylvania Worker’s Compensation Act provides for payments for a healing period. In addition to the specific weeks awarded for the loss of use, there are specific numbers of additional weeks for each different specific loss, but stops if the worker returns to work without impairment in earnings before the expiration of the healing. In the event of several specific losses, the longest healing period will be paid.
No healing period will be paid if there is total disability from injuries separate from the specific loss. In specific loss cases, there are time limitations, referred to as Statue of Limitations. The date of injury for that purpose is the date when the worker is notified by a Dr. of the loss of use of a body part or faculty for all practical intents and purposes and that the injury is work-related. Medical evidence is needed to support these claims, and notice must be given to the employer within 120 days. Further, a Claim Petition for specific loss must be filed within three years from the date of injury. There are some exceptions to extend the limitation period, but every case is fact specific, and must be reviewed and analyzed on a case-by-case basis.
To find out more information about this type of compensation under the Pennsylvania Workers, Compensation Law, contact Paula Robinson.
During winter, un-cleared sidewalks and parking lots cause many slips and falls on ice. If you have experienced a fall either coming from or going into work walking on a sidewalk or parking lot are you eligible to collect worker’s comp benefits? A good workers compensation attorney will be able to sort out the facts and let you know whether you are eligible or not.
Eligibility depends on a lot of factors. Does your employer solely own the parking lot or sidewalk, or is it part of a multi-business building that is maintained by someone other than your employer? Also, is there more than one entrance to the building giving you a choice of a clearer path? Read More
While working in the drilling industry, many risks are taken with your personal safety and well being on a daily basis, some you may not even be the slightest bit aware are taking place. Not only are you subjected to dangerous working conditions that can physically put you in harm’s way, such as explosions and falls, but you must also give thought to chemical exposure during hydraulic fracturing. These contaminants can harbor carcinogens and have the ability to greatly threaten your health and in turn, your life. Read More
An on the job injury can be devastating. Even with a minor injury, there are many papers and protocols to file, from your manager, to employee health departments and for doctor and hospital billing.
Having an experienced workers compensation lawyer guiding me helped make the sometimes grueling process a much better experience. She took time to help me file the correct forms and seek out the specific treatment specialties for my particular injury. Without her help, I’d still be up to my neck in paperwork and not sure how to find the correct medical providers for my injury. Read More
An absolute tragedy recently occurred in a Tuna Plant when a worker died after accidentally being cooked in an oven in California. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Here is the link to the story http://bit.ly/SSHWp3
Most times, we hear of work injuries consisting of back or neck injuries, but deaths can also unfortunately occur from freak accidents, motor vehicle accidents, or occupational diseases. Read More
With the weather getting cooler and the leaves starting to change colors, many Americans are looking forward to weekends full of football. The 2012 season has been in action for only a few weeks now, and already the front page of the sports section in the newspaper is covered by headlines of football injuries occurring on the field. Every Monday headlines in newspapers across the country showcase the head injuries and concussions that are happening to professional football players. What people tend to forget is that these extremely common injuries happen every day in the American workplace. Read More
Williamsport Workers’ Compensation Lawyer, Paula Robinson is the best choice for aggressive, yet compassionate representation regarding Workers’ Compensation law. If you or a loved one have suffered a work injury, no matter what your occupation, hiring a Williamsport Workers’ Compensation Lawyer will benefit you greatly. All initial consultations are free, and you owe it to yourself to understand the laws that govern your claim, as well as your rights, as an injured worker. Read More
Allentown Workers’ Compensation Attorneys work for your rights as an employee. If you have been injured on the job, hiring an Allentown Workers’ Compensation Lawyer is a necessity. They will explain all the rules and regulations associated with your claim and let you know your rights.
Allentown Pennsylvania offers an excellent opportunity for you. Her name is Paula Robinson. With 25 years experience in the Workers’ Compensation field she will help you fight for your rights.