Although state governments have been working to reduce workers’ compensation costs, workplace injuries are still fairly common throughout Pennsylvania and the rest of the country.
According to a November 2013 news release from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, close to 3,000,000 workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by employers in the private industry in 2012, which accounts for an incidence rate of 3.4 injuries or illnesses per 100 workers.
Of course, not all workplace injuries occur in the same way. Below our workplace injury lawyers provide information on common injuries that occur on the job, as well as what injured parties in Bristol can do to recover compensation.
Causes of Workplace Injuries
The underlying causes behind workplace injuries can vary significantly, and may differ depending on the circumstances of the job.
Some common types of workplace accidents leading to injury may include:
- slip and fall or other premises liability accidents.
- fall accidents from significant heights.
- loss of limb/amputation, possibly from heavy machinery.
- burns or electrocution.
- motor vehicle accidents.
- toxic-exposure accidents.
- or, other accidents involving faulty equipment.
While workplace accidents may occur in any industry, the construction industry is often labeled as one of the most dangerous, with statistics from the United States Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) showing that 19.3 percent of workplace fatalities occurred in construction in 2012.
Among the deaths suffered by construction workers, the most common causes were:
- being struck by objects.
- and, being caught between objects.
How to Recover Compensation for a Workplace Accident
If you have been injured in a workplace accident in Bristol, then you may have been left with costly medical bills, and the injury may even prevent you from going back to work. In order to help injured workers, the state enacted the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, which entitles injured workers to various forms of compensation.
Forms of compensation available under the Act include:
- payment for lost wages;
- medical care;
- specific loss benefit (in the event that you lost a thumb, finger, hand, or other limb from a workplace accident);
- total and partial disability benefits, if you can demonstrate that the workplace injury resulted in partial or total disability;
- death benefits, in the event that a loved one was killed in a workplace accident.
Pennsylvania law requires that nearly all employers provide workers’ compensation coverage for employees, even those that are only working part-time or seasonally. In the event that an employer has not elected to provide coverage, an injured worker can file a claim under the Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund.
You Must Act Immediately
Following a workplace injury, the most important step is seeking out medical care. After this though, it is imperative that you notify your employer of the injury within 120 days after the injury occurs. Furthermore, if your request for benefits isn’t accepted, you have only three years after your injury in which you may file a claim petition.
Instead of facing this daunting task alone, contact the workplace injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC in Bristol for help. We can help you seek benefits from your employer’s insurance carrier, or help you file a claim petition in your initial request is denied. Contact us today at 215-642-2335 if you’ve been hurt at work to learn more about how the process works.