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How to get workers' compensation for an occupational disease

Occupational diseases don't manifest the same way as injuries caused by workplace accidents. Regular exposure to toxic chemicals, hazardous materials and irritants often result in debilitating — and sometimes fatal — health conditions. Some occupational diseases start out mild and progressively get worse. If you notice that something doesn't feel right, it's critical that you...

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How to avoid foot injuries on the job

If you work on your feet, you know just how important foot health is. Injuries to the foot may not get as much attention as other parts of the body. But they're still quite common. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, every year, there are around 60,000 foot injuries that result in lost work...

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Does it matter who is at fault for my workplace accident?

Workplace accidents can happen in any industry — whether it's in an office cubicle or on a construction site. In the majority of cases, workplace accidents are the result of careless mistakes, inattentiveness, fatigue or forgetfulness. Here are some examples: Not securing machinery and equipment. Worker A forgets to properly turn off and secure a...

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How workers’ compensation cases get decided

A worker who is hurt on the job in Pennsylvania is entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. These generally include medical benefits and wage loss benefits to help you while you are unable to do your job. However, workers’ compensation claims are sometimes denied. Employers and their insurance carriers may dispute the extent of your...

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Getting treated for a knee injury after a workplace accident

Because the knee is the largest joint in the body, it is one of the most easily injured. Bones, cartilage, ligaments and tendons are at risk. Types of injuries include fractures, dislocations, and sprains or tears of ligaments and other soft tissue. Making matters worse, a knee injury can involve more than one part of...

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Am I eligible for workers' comp benefits if I suffered an amputation from a workplace injury?

Whether it's the loss of a pinky finger or a leg, an amputation is nothing to take lightly. You may be facing medical and surgical procedures, long-term rehabilitation, the installation of a prosthetic device and costly medical bills. During this time, it may be difficult to earn a paycheck and make ends meet. To make...

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What should I do if my workers’ compensation claim is denied?

Experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorney explains what to do If you have been injured on the job, you should be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits in most cases. Unfortunately, many legitimate workers’ comp claims are often denied for many different reasons. If you are dealing with a denied workers’ compensation claim, it’s important to...

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House Bill 196 could enable gerrymandering in state's appellate courts

House Bill 196 is a constitutional amendment that would allow judicial gerrymandering of the appellate courts. Gerrymandering is the act of manipulating district boundaries to create an unfair advantage for a certain political party. This Republican-sponsored bill could force the re-election of sitting appellate court judges and justices in each district. H.B. 196 was first...

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Working construction in the era of COVID-19

Businesses in the construction industry were allowed to resume operations in Pennsylvania beginning May 1, and projects have been progressing, even as the state continues to manage the coronavirus pandemic. What steps are employers taking to protect workers from becoming infected? Pennsylvania issues guidance When Governor Tom Wolf made his announcement, he issued guidance for...

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