While many workers are in industries where workplace accidents are relatively rare – such as office workers – others work in dangerous industries where the incidence of workplace accidents and injuries is relatively high. Those who have been involved in workplace accidents and sustained workplace injuries can file a workers’ compensation claim to recover benefits.
If you need help with your workplace accident, the workers' compensation lawyers in Newtown from Cordisco & Saile LLC can help you recover benefits to which you're entitled. Call us now at 215-642-2335.
Types of Workplace Accidents
There are many different types of workplace accidents. Some possible types of workplace accidents include those listed below.
- Unsafe conditions
- Falls from height
- Trapped by falling structure
- Falling objects and debris
- Vehicle accidents
- Defective equipment
- Hazardous materials
Common types of accidents may vary by industry. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the most fatal types of accidents at construction sites include falls, being struck by objects, electrocutions, and being caught in or in between machinery. OSHA refers to these as the "Fatal Four" in the construction industry.
Injuries Sustained from Workplace Accidents
Injuries that result from workplace accidents can be serious. When a traumatic accident occurs, such as a slip and fall or motor vehicle accident, injuries can include:
- broken bones
- herniated discs
- spine and back injuries
- traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- lacerations, amputations
- and internal injuries.
In the most severe cases, these types of injuries can be fatal.
In other cases, like exposure to hazardous materials, a workplace-related illness or disease may develop. A workplace-related disease, illness or condition also may develop from repetitive motion, such as using a jackhammer or constantly carrying heavy weight overhead.
Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Laws
For those workers who have been involved in a workplace accident and sustained injuries or who have developed a workplace illness, workers’ compensation benefits may be recoverable. The types of benefits that may be paid to an injured worker or an injured worker’s family include:
- wage-loss benefits
- death benefits
- specific loss benefits (for loss of limb or permanent disfigurement)
- and medical care.
Those who have developed an occupational disease as a result of their employment or a workplace accident and are applying for disability benefits must prove it occurred within 300 weeks of the last employment in the occupation where exposure to the hazard occurred.
Filing a Claim for Workers’ Compensation in Newtown
If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident, you have the right to file a claim for workers’ compensation. The first thing that you need to do in order to start the claims process is to report the accident and injury to your employer immediately. If you fail to report the injury, you may forfeit your right to any workers’ compensation benefits. After you have reported the injury to your employer, then your employer is required by law to report the incident and injury to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. The employer may accept or deny the claim – in the case of the latter, you have the right to file a petition to get a hearing before a workers' compensation judge.
If you’ve been involved in a workplace accident and have sustained an injury, the workers' compensation lawyers in Newtown at Cordisco & Saile LLC, can help. If you have questions about what benefits you’re entitled to, how to appeal a denied claim, or other matters pertaining to your workplace accident and right to recover benefits, contact us as soon as possible. You can reach us at 215-642-2335 or via our online contact form.