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Archive for April, 2016

Injured in an On-the-Job Car Accident? How a Lancaster Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help

When you think of on-the-job injuries, most people don’t think of being hurt in a car accident. But the truth is that motor vehicle crashes are one of the most common causes of deaths and injuries in the workforce. Employees who have been injured in car accidents while on the job have a legal right to workers’ compensation benefits, but these claims are often denied by employers or their insurance companies. It is important that you understand your rights and that you have experienced, dedicated legal representation. The Lancaster workers’ compensation attorneys from Vanasse Law, LLC are here to help.

One of the most essential questions that comes up when an employee files a claim for workers’ compensation benefits following a car accident is whether they were actually “on the job” at the time that the accident occurs. Though accidents that occur while on your daily commute generally do not fall into this category, there are a number of circumstances that do, including:

  • If you are making a delivery for your employer
  • If you are running an errand for your employer
  • If you are transporting another employee on behalf of your employer
  • If you are a company driver and are on duty

These are clear cut examples of on-the-job driving. Others include employees who do not have a fixed office and are required to drive for work, or employees who are being paid by their employer for travel time. Even an accident that occurs on the way to or from the job may be viewed as a work-related accident if an employee has been asked to do something for their employer while on the way. In all of these cases, an accident is likely to qualify as having happened on the job, and entitled the worker to workers’ compensation benefits.

Motor vehicle accidents that occur while on the job often result in both workers’ compensation claims and personal injury claims.  As an employee who is covered by workers’ compensation insurance, you have the right to file a claim for your medical expenses, as well as compensation for wages that you lose as a result of your injuries. Workers’ compensation may provide you with either temporary or permanent disability compensation depending upon the extent of your injury, and may also provide rehabilitation expenses. You may also be able to file a personal injury claim for damages that you have suffered against any party that was involved in your accident and who displayed negligence.

At the Lancaster County law firm of Vanasse Law, LLC, we understand that your employer has a responsibility to you whenever you are driving on their behalf, or injured in a motor vehicle accident while on the job. We can help determine what benefits you are entitled to and represent you in a workers’ compensation claim, as well as investigating whether or not negligence played a role in your accident and pursuing justice on that front. Contact our office today to learn more about how we can help.

Leg, Knee, and Ankle Injuries in the Workplace

Nobody heads off to work expecting to sustain an energy, but workplace injuries happen every day, and they can be life-altering. Leg injuries are extremely common in all types of work environments, and are often the result of slipping or tripping, falling from a height, walking into objects, machinery entanglements, and vehicle crashes. The severity of these injuries can vary and can range from bumps and bruises to sprains, from broken bones or torn ligaments to amputations. Whether you have injured your leg, knee, or ankle in the workplace, if your condition requires medical attention or time away from work then you are entitled to seek and receive benefits from workers’ compensation. The Lancaster PA law firm of Vanasse Law LLC has extensive experience in successfully representing those who have been hurt on the job, and we can help you as well.

Workplace leg injuries can happen to anybody. Though many assume that those who work in construction, in factory and manufacturing settings, or in other dangerous environments are the most likely to get hurt, the truth is that on-the-job accidents happen in all types of settings and to all types of employees. Workers’ compensation is there to provide those who have been injured with a straightforward way to receive compensation for the damage that they have suffered without having to resort to legal action against their employer. It is a no-fault system that attributes no blame: Instead, it is meant to provide a way for injured employees to receive compensation for their medical expenses, temporary or permanent disability payments, and vocational rehabilitation benefits if needed. Unfortunately, many employers and their insurance companies put roadblocks in the way of those seeking these benefits, and that’s where an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help.

At Vanasse Law LLC , when you seek our help in getting workers’ compensation for your leg, knee or ankle injury, we do not file a lawsuit against your employer. We assist you in making sure that your claim is well documented and filed correctly, and represent you in front of the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation judge, as well as the Appeal Board if necessary.  We can also help you to identify whether any third party may have played a role in your injury, and help you in pursuing legal action against those responsible.

When you suffer an injury to your leg, knee or ankle, it has a direct impact on many different and important aspects of your life. It affects your ability to move as well as to function, and may directly impact your ability to continue to do your job. Additionally, a leg injury can impact the quality and enjoyment of your life. If you have suffered this type of injury on the job, the first thing you need to do is to focus on getting better, and having the compensation that you need to pay for your bills, and ample time to heal, is important. At Vanasse Law LLC , we work hard to make sure that your rights are protected and that you have the opportunity to heal. Contact us today to see how we can help.

Repetitive Stress Injuries and Workers Compensation in Lancaster County

Whether you work in an office environment or on a factory assembly line, repetitive stress injury is a real risk. A repetitive stress injury (or repetitive strain injury as it is sometimes called) is a very real physical condition that occurs when too much stress is placed on a part of the body. It often leads to pain and swelling, and if left untreated can result in long-term tissue damage. The injuries are generally caused by repeating the same movements over and over again, and this is a frequent occurrence in occupational settings. If you are experiencing this type of pain and your job includes maintain the same posture or repeating the same motion for a long period of time, then you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. The attorneys at Vanasse Law, LLC can help those who have suffered repetitive stress injuries get the workers compensation they deserve in Lancaster County.

Repeating the same movements over and over again cause injuries to tendons, nerves, muscles and other soft body tissues. It can occur as a result of something as strenuous as continually lifting heavy boxes or as fine-tuned as high-speed typing. The body is not made to withstand the same motion for hours, days, and weeks, and eventually it succumbs to cumulative trauma.  There are a number of different types of repetitive stress injuries that are commonly seen in work environments. These include:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Tenosynovitis/DeQuervain’s Syndrome
  • Tendinosis
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Trigger Finger or Thumb
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Though each of these conditions is different, the symptoms of repetitive stress injuries are similar, and include pain, tightness, stiffness and soreness. Many people experience either a coldness or numbness or a sensation of burning, and the pain is often bad enough to disrupt sleep.

Repetitive stress injuries are more easily prevented than treated. Maintaining the right posture, using the right equipment, and being properly trained on both can be big helps. Treatment is most effective when the problem is diagnosed early, and is often provided through rest, rehabilitation and physical therapy, but it can take an extended period of time to fully recover. Unfortunately, those who have suffered repetitive stress injuries are often vulnerable to reinjury, and may not be able to return to the same work that caused the problem in the first place.

If you have been diagnosed with a repetitive stress injury as a result of repeated actions required on the job, then you may be eligible to file a claim for workers’ compensation. Depending upon the nature of the injury, your benefits could provide you with reimbursement for your medical expenses, as well as compensation for any time that you may need to be away from work.

Filing a workers’ compensation claim can be intimidating. Many employers do not understand repetitive stress injuries, and may deny your claim. In Lancaster County, the experienced workers’ compensation attorneys of Vanasse Law, LLC will guide you through the process, making sure that you understand your rights and acting as powerful advocates. Contact our office today to see how we can help.