Workplace injuries are common throughout the United States and in Pennsylvania. Thousands of employees sustain severe injuries on the job year. Injured workers suffer physical and emotional pain in addition to the financial losses they incur from being out of work.
Workers' compensation in Pennsylvania provides benefits that help workers hurt on the job. Workers' compensation injuries cover a wide variety of workplace injuries and illnesses.
Common Workplace Injuries and Illness Covered by Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation
For workers' compensation to cover an injury, the injury must have occurred while you were performing normal work duties. You do not have to be on your employer's property. If you are at a job site or running errands for your employer, an injury should be covered if it occurred while you were working. The key is to prove that you were acting in the ordinary course of your employment.
Common injuries that are generally covered by workers' compensation benefits include, but are not limited to:
- Broken Bones and Fractures
- Traumatic Brain Injuries, Concussions, and Skull Fractures
- Head and Neck Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Paralysis and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Soft Tissue Injuries, including damage to nerves, tendons, ligaments, and muscles
- Injuries Involving Joints
- Repetitive Stress Injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and bursitis
- Burns, Disfigurement, and Scars
- Vision and Hearing Loss
- Loss of Limbs and Amputation
- Occupational Diseases, such as cancer, mesothelioma, heart disease, COPD, asthma, and lung disease
- Exposure to Chemicals and Hazardous Materials
- Knee, Ankle, and Wrist Injuries
- Aggravation of a Pre-Existing Condition
- Dental and Facial Injuries
- Mental Health Conditions and Psychological Injuries
The above list is not an exhaustive list of the injuries that might be covered by a workers' compensation claim.
If You Are Unsure if Your Injury Is Covered, Call Our Erie Workers' Compensation Lawyers Now
By law, you have the right to file a workers' compensation claim for a workplace injury or illness, even if your employer does not acknowledge the injury occurred on the job. Disputes are decided by the Bureau of Workers' Compensation, not by the employer or its insurance provider.
If your employer or its insurance provider tells you that workers' compensation coverage does not cover you or that your injury is not work-related or covered, contact our office immediately. Your time to file or appeal a claim is limited. Our lawyers review your claim at no charge to you. We explain your legal rights and your options for seeking workers' compensation benefits.
Also, some injuries at work may result in a third party claim. Third-party claims can provide additional compensation for damages that are not available through workers' comp. Our Erie workers' compensation attorneys are also experienced injury lawyers. We review your claim for potential their party claims at no charge.
Workplace Injury Statistics
According to the National Safety Council, a worker is Workers' compensation in Pennsylvania every seven seconds. Approximately 12,600 workers are injured each day in the United States. The most common workplace injury events that resulted in lost time from work were:
- Contact with equipment or objects
- Slips, Trips, & Falls
The service industry had the most missed days from work related to a workplace accident. The other top four industries with the largest number of work-related injuries that cause employees to miss time from work are:
- Transportation & shipping
- Manufacturing & production
- Installation, maintenance & repair
Contact Our Erie Workers' Compensation Attorney for More Information
We are sorry that you were injured at work. Our lawyers understand that this is a difficult time for you and your family. We want to help you receive the benefits you deserve for a workplace injury or illness.
Call The Travis Law Firm at (800) 401-2066 to schedule your free legal consultation with an experienced workers' compensation lawyer in Northwestern Pennsylvania.