Every year in the United States, thousands of workplace injuries occur. In Pennsylvania alone, a Pennsylvania Work Injuries and Illnesses report published by the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation shows that in 2009, 88,973 lost-time work injury and illness cases were reported.
Being involved in a workplace injury not only can be physically damaging and emotionally trying, but also may create panic about how to afford medical bills and how to support oneself without any income. If you’ve been involved in a workplace injury, a lawyer in Bucks County can help you pursue a claim for workers’ compensation benefits under Pennsylvania law.
Types of Common Workplace Injuries
Workplace accidents can vary in both type and severity, and the common types of workplace injuries vary by industry.
One particularly dangerous line of work is construction, and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has reported that the “Fatal Four” construction accidents include:
- being struck by an object.
- being electrocuted.
- and, being caught in or in between machinery or building materials.
These four common accidents, as well as others, may result in injuries — both in and out of the construction industry — that include head and neck injuries, back injuries, shoulder and hand injuries, eye injuries, broken bones or fractures, loss of limb injuries, brain injuries, and more.
Workplace injuries also may be related to:
- unsafe conditions.
- being trapped by a falling structure.
- vehicle accidents.
- defective equipment.
- hazardous materials.
- and, burns.
If you suffered an injury while on the job or developed a disease as a result of your work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Understanding Workers’ Compensation in Pennsylvania
Nearly every worker is covered by the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, including seasonal and part-time workers. Any injury, illness or disease caused directly by a person’s work may entitle him or her to workers’ compensation, assuming that the injury was not self-inflicted or caused by the employee’s use of alcohol or drugs.
There are a multitude of workers’ compensation benefits for which a person may qualify if he or she has been the victim of a workplace injury. Worker benefits may include:
- payments for lost wages.
- death benefits for the spouse or surviving dependents if the accident results in the worker’s death.
- medical care.
- total disability payments.
- and, partial disability payments.
In order to qualify for workers’ compensation, an injured worker must file his or her claim within a specific amount of time. In Pennsylvania, the law stipulates that the employee must give notice to his or her employer within 21 days of the injury occurring and that notice given after 120 days of the injury’s occurrence will not qualify for compensation. Furthermore, if a person is seeking workers’ compensation for a workplace-related disease, a petition for benefits cannot be filed more than three years from the date of injury or disability. If a person fails to file his or her claim within a timely manner, he or she may forfeit the right to benefits.
Get Help from Our Workplace Injury Lawyers in Bucks County
If you’ve been involved in a workplace injury, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries, medical bills and lost wages. If you feel as though you haven’t received adequate compensation or if you’re unsure about how best to move forward with the process of filing your claim, a workplace injury attorney can help.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, workplace injury lawyers in Bucks County are ready to take on your claim. For guidance in understanding workers’ compensation law in Pennsylvania, for understanding your rights as an injured worker and the benefits to which you may be entitled, and for help in filing your claim, call us today at 215-642-2335 to get started.