There are many types of workplace injuries, and if you’ve been injured at work you are probably wondering what you can do to obtain financial support to help pay for lost wages and medical bills. Pennsylvania requires employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance, which will cover your work-related medical treatment and pays a benefit to replace your wages while you recover.
If you suffered injuries on the job, the Philadelphia workplace injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help you file a claim and handle any denials or other challenges that arise.
Common Workplace Injuries
Workplace injuries occur for many reasons. Below are some common types of workplace injuries and accidents that cause them.
- Defective equipment: Employees who use equipment or machinery on the job are at risk for being injured by that equipment or machinery, especially when it's defective. Improper training or poorly maintained or defective machines often can cause injuries, while other accidents simply occur for unpredictable reasons.
- Falls: These types of injuries can occur in any workplace, regardless of the type of business or industry. Spills, carelessness or clumsiness can cause fall injuries. Even when falls occur due to an employee’s own negligence, workers' compensation still may cover expenses for medical treatment and lost wages if the accident occurred while at work.
- Burns: Burns are more common in some workplaces than others. Construction sites, kitchens, factories and any place where explosives or fire is used in the work process present higher risk for burn injuries for employees. But burns may include electrical burns, chemical burns and radiological burns.
- Falling objects and debris: The construction industry and others where workers work at heights may present opportunities for falling objects that might fall on top of workers below. Meanwhile, if a structure collapses, the worker can become injured if trapped by the falling structure.
- Vehicle accidents: Workers who drive regularly and workers who drive only once in a while might be involved in accidents. If they suffer injuries, they may pursue a workers' compensation claim.
- Hazardous materials: Some industries require working with hazardous materials that might cause injuries. This includes those who work with hazardous waste, chemicals and other materials.
Unsafe Work Conditions
Some workplace injuries occur due to unsafe conditions in the workplace. If you’ve been injured at work and feel it may be due to an unsafe working environment, you should speak to your employer immediately. The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates employers to follow specific safety guidelines. If your employer refuses to remedy the situation that caused your injury, you may need to open a complaint with OSHA for further intervention and to prevent future injuries to coworkers and yourself.
Meanwhile, you can file a workers' compensation claim with help from our workplace injury lawyers in Philadelphia to cover medical bills and recover other benefits, like wages.
Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law requires employers to provide you with insurance coverage for injuries that occur on the job. The following elements of Pennsylvania workers’ compensation may apply to your case.
- Medical expenses coverage: This coverage will pay for all reasonable medical bills associated with your work-related injury, as well as mileage expenses for attending doctor appointments, therapy appointments or other required medical care.
- Wage coverage: This coverage provides financial support to replace lost wages when the employee is unable to return to work temporarily or permanently. There is coverage for partial disability, permanent partial disability and permanent total disability. This often comes to two-thirds of the workers' average weekly wage.
Seek Help from Philadelphia Workplace Injury Attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC
Call Cordisco & Saile LLC's Philadelphia workplace injury lawyers if you need help with a workers’ compensation claim. Call us today at 215-642-2335 to set up a free consultation.