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The Most Common Workers’ Comp Injuries in Pennsylvania

When you think of all the different types of work and work environments that exist in the state of Pennsylvania, it is easy to imagine that there is a wide variety of injuries that are suffered by the state’s workers. But according to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Worker’s Compensation, though the state agency tracks claims in a way that is broken down by industry and occupation job descriptions may vary, the injuries suffered across different occupations remain largely the same. The following are the state’s most commonly reported work-related injuries and illnesses reported each year that result in workers’ compensation…

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Dressing to Work in Extreme Heat

The hottest days of the year are right around the corner, and with high heat comes additional risk for those who work outside. Whether your job is under the baking sun or inside in high-heat conditions, both situations put you at risk for heat-related injuries or illnesses. Though workers who are injured or sickened at work are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits including compensation for medical expenses and lost wages, the best answer is always to avoid injury in the first place. Here are some tips for dressing to work in extreme heat. How Heat Can Lead to Fatalities, Injuries…

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What are the Most Common Food Service Injuries?

Working in food service can be extremely rewarding and offers a wide range of opportunities. From fast food spots to four-star restaurants and from serving or busing tables to working behind the line as a sous chef or head chef, you can earn a fair income, learn a lot, and spend time with interesting people. Unfortunately, these jobs come with risks and food service injuries are common. Those who work in customer-facing roles can hurt themselves reaching across tables to serve or clear. They can trip on a slippery fall, or even find themselves face-to-face with robbers. Those who work…

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Do Temporary Workers Have Access to Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

Summer is on the horizon, and that means that students and teachers are going to be searching for employment. Whether you’re enmeshed in the 9-months-per year world of education or seek temporary or seasonal work for any other reason or at any other time of year, temporary workers are an important part of the workforce. Where full time and part-time employees are entitled to workers’ compensation insurance in case they get hurt on the job, many seasonal workers wonder whether temporary workers also have access to these important protections. Workers’ compensation insurance exists to provide medical expenses and wage replacement…

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Pennsylvania’s Amish and Mennonite Communities Skip Workers’ Compensation Due to Religious Exemption

When employees in the state of Pennsylvania are injured on the job, they can rest secure in the knowledge that their medical expenses and time away from work is covered by Workers’ Compensation insurance. But few realize that if they are working for a company owned by either Amish or Mennonite owners, there is a chance that no such insurance coverage has been purchased for them. This is because Pennsylvania’s religious exemption laws permit participation in what is an otherwise mandated form of protection. The Amish and Mennonite religions specifically bar against insurance. The religious sects make it an employer’s…

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What are the Most Common Injuries to Agricultural Workers?

Farming may seem like an idyllic occupation, but the ability to work with agriculture and animals belies the dangers of the job. Agricultural work ranks among the most dangerous, with a very high risk for both fatal and nonfatal injury despite a number of comprehensive safety regulations having been put in place to reduce them. Hundreds of farmers and farmworkers die each year from a work-related injury, and every day roughly 100 agricultural workers suffer an injury that results in needing time away from work. The most common injuries are a result of vehicle accidents and particularly tractor rollovers, but…

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Is PTSD a Valid Basis for a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

We’ve all heard of PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It first came into the lexicon in association with military personnel who had witnessed trauma that affected them psychologically or physically, but the term has now been extended to apply to anybody that has been exposed to a severe shock such as an accident or a terrorist attack. Just as injuries that can happen outside of work can also happen on the job, the same is true of PTSD. This means that if a traumatic event occurs in the workplace an employee requires treatment or is unable to function as a…

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How Do Insurers Investigate a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

Though the vast majority of workers’ compensation claims are filed by people who have suffered legitimate injury or illness on the job, there is a small percentage of people who file fraudulent claims. As a result, workers’ compensation insurers need to investigate suspicious filings to make sure that they are valid. Though it may feel intrusive to those who simply want to get better or get the compensation they deserve, the work is also necessary: workers’ compensation fraud perpetrated by both employers and employees account for 25 percent of all insurance fraud. The news media has covered some of the…

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How Does the Farm Labor Exemption Affect Workers’ Compensation in Pennsylvania?

Workers’ compensation is a no-fault form of insurance that covers injuries that workers incur on the job. It is available for the protection of both the employer and the employee. For the employee, it provides compensation for medical expenses for injuries or illnesses that occur on the job, as well as compensation for lost wages and disability if applicable. For the employer, workers’ compensation offers protection against getting sued for injuries that take place on your farm: the availability of insurance precludes the workers’ right to file a personal injury claim. Though there is a Farm Labor Exemption for certain…

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What Injuries are NOT Covered by Workers’ Compensation?

To most people, workers’ compensation is little more than a line item in their paycheck. They don’t know whether it’s something that they pay for or whether it’s provided by their employer, and they’re not entirely sure what it’s there for. That all changes once you’re injured on the job and suddenly realize that it’s there for you – to make sure that your medical expenses are covered, and you’ll be able to pay your bills, even if your injury keeps you from going back to work. Though workers’ compensation is what’s known as a ‘no-fault’ insurance policy that’s paid…

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