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Spinal injuries on the job can result in disability and pain

One of the hardest things about a spinal cord injury (SCI) is that it can be hard to return to work. You may have chronic pain, difficulty with rehabilitation and trouble finding or maintaining a job. You could have weakness, dysfunction or other problems that make it hard to work, and that's a real problem when your goal is to do so.

Work is an essential part of life, not just for the purposes of making money and receiving benefits, but also because it gives people a chance to interact with one another and improve their self-esteem. Having the ability to work removed from your life can be devastating.

Many hidden dangers exist in production plants

If you spend your days working in a fabrication or assembly plant, you put your safety on the line during every shift you work. Employers do not always recognize that employee safety plays a crucial role in maintaining maximum production levels. The failure to prioritize worker safety in manufacturing operations will impact the bottom line in many ways.

During your work shifts, you will likely operate production machines, carry out quality control inspections, pull products and move them to the loading dock for shipping elsewhere. Every one of those tasks will pose injury risks, which makes participation in safety training sessions essential.

How can you recognize heatstroke?

Heatstroke is a serious problem in many workplaces, inside or out. In hot months, outside weather is a hazard. Inside some facilities, the temperatures can soar due to a lack of air conditioning.

If you suffer from heatstroke on the job, you can seek workers' compensation. It will help cover your medical costs and lost wages, among other benefits.

Chemical exposure could be a hazard in your workplace

Chemical exposure can be extremely dangerous depending on the kinds of chemicals that you work with. Some chemicals can enter the body through injections, direct contact, the air or other methods. In any work environment with dangerous chemicals, you must be certain of how you can or should handle these hazardous materials.

Chemical hazards pose many threats to workers including:

  • Sensitization
  • Carcinogenicity
  • Irritation

Common eye injuries on the job

There are plenty of ways that you could hurt your eyes at work. You could have eye strain from working at a computer for long hours, for example, or you might have chemical burns from an accident in a lab.

Your eyes create one of your most important senses, so threatening your sight is a major problem that has to be addressed. Today, around $300 million in medical bills, time off and compensation add up as a result of eye injuries in the workplace.

What should you know about workers' compensation in Pennsylvania?

When you get hurt, the last thing you want to worry about is having to come up with money for medical bills. Fortunately, if you were hurt on the job, workers' compensation will be there to help cover your medical expenses, lost wages and more.

The Pennsylvania Workmen's Compensation Act has been in place since 1915. The system is designed to help protect employees and employers, helping them both avoid litigation. On one hand, employees are able to get the medical care and financial support they need. On the other, the employer is able to avoid lawsuits for compensation.

Can you file a workers' compensation claim for a car crash?

When you drive for work, it's a reality that you're exposed to hazards on the road. You're exposed to dangerous drivers, distracted pedestrians and cyclists, construction work, weather hazards and more. Since you drive for work, you have no other choice but to go out into these conditions, but they can lead to a crash that you have to struggle to recover from.

When you're hurt on the job, even if it's driving for work, you may have the opportunity to file a claim with workers' compensation. Workers' compensation will cover work-related activities, like driving for work, in most cases, even if it was your mistake that caused an accident. If it wasn't your fault, you may be able to seek workers' compensation and pursue a claim against the other party involved in the crash.

Mistakes that can cost injured employees

Workers who are injured on the job need to act to get the compensation they deserve, including coverage for medical costs and lost earnings while they recover. It’s a mistake for an injured worker to believe they are automatically covered just because their employer provides access to Workers’ Compensation insurance.

In 2017, the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation reported 174,216 injury or illness cases. State law requires employers to have workers’ comp coverage, with a few exceptions. Injured workers have three years from the date of the injury to file a claim. However, not reporting an injury to a manager or an employer within 120 days can cause workers to lose certain rights and benefits.

Learn about Pennsylvania's workers' compensation program

Pennsylvania's workers' compensation system is a no-fault insurance system that covers workers who are hurt on the job. It provides them with coverage for lost wages and medical expenses. It does not, however, cover non-economic damages -- so workers can't pursue pain and suffering damages through workers' compensation.

Workers' compensation is a great way to guarantee that you'll have insurance coverage if you're hurt on the job. However, there are some times when the compensation you're seeking will be restricted or unavailable.

Will workers' compensation cover my injuries?

On the job, there are many things you could do that would result in an injury. You might slip on a wet floor, fall from a ladder or cut yourself on a sharp edge of a desk. You could hit your head on a low ceiling or be struck by a falling object.

No matter what happened, if you were hurt at work, you should be eligible for workers' compensation coverage. This coverage helps protect you by providing you financial coverage for your medical care. If you have to miss work, you may also be able to receive a portion of your lost wages and even training for a new position if necessary.

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