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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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Workplace eye injuries: Eye health and safety should be a priority

Whether it’s a scratch or an abrasion, even minor eye injuries can be extremely painful and result in long-term problems with your vision. Every day, about 2,000 U.S. workers sustain a work-related eye injury that requires medical treatment. A recent article published by Occupational Health & Safety noted that in 2008 alone, there were 27,450...

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Can I collect workers' comp benefits during COVID-19?

On April 1, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued a statewide stay-at-home order to curb the spread of COVID-19. Businesses and some public entities across the state have closed their doors for the time being. Not all workers have stayed home during this time. Healthcare workers, grocery store employees, truck drivers, delivery drivers, police, and...

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New state bill would expand workers' compensation for volunteer firefighters, EMS

Pennsylvania volunteer EMS (emergency responders) would get workers’ compensation insurance for injuries suffered during all work-related activities. That is if a proposed new bill is passed. Currently, volunteer firefighters and emergency medical service (EMS) responders receive workers’ compensation coverage only if injured on emergency calls. Lawmakers seek to expand benefits for volunteer EMS The Pennsylvania...

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Ergonomics isn't enough to prevent overexertion injuries on the job

Overexertion injuries (also called musculoskeletal injuries) can be more than a nuisance for workers who regularly perform physical labor. It can result in nagging pain in the back, muscles, joints, hands, feet, and knees. According to the National Safety Council, roughly 33 percent (295,830) of all workplace injuries in 2017 were caused by overexertion. That's...

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