Paula Robinson's Blog for Workers Compensation & Disability

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.

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.

Trucking

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.

Specific Loss

In the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, there are general provisions that allow the payment of compensation for amputations or permanent loss of use of body parts, some loss of hearing and loss of eyesight, and certain disfiguring scarring. These provisions are referred to as specific loss. It is possible that if you have a work injury causing any of these conditions, even if you did not miss any time from work, that you may be entitled to specific loss benefits.

In order to have some uniformity, the Act sets forth the categories of disfigurement and specific loss. Scarring or disfigurement must be above the clavicle to be considered. With scarring claims, they are viewed by the attorney representing the injured worker, the attorney representing the employer/workers’ compensation carrier, and the assigned workers’ compensation judge. The injured worker testifies as to how the injury took place, and the parties literally measure and describe the scarring on the record, with a court reporter making a record of the hearing. If the parties cannot come to an agreement on the dollar amount to settle the scarring claim, the workers’ compensation judge will make a decision as to the number of weeks at the compensation rate to arrive at a lump sum amount to be paid to the injured worker and will issue a written Order and Decision on the matter.

There are numerous complicating issues that can occur with specific loss cases such as statute of limitations, healing periods, injuries separate and apart. It is best to consult an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to determine what your case involves and what benefits you may be entitled to and not even realize it.

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, hearing or vision loss benefits.  At Robinson Law, we have helped workers obtain specific loss benefits for missing teeth, eye injuries, scarring, and partial and total loss of fingers, toes, and limbs.

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