Common Work-Related Injuries Covered by Workers’ Compensation in PA

If you have been injured at work, knowing your rights and how you can protect your legal interests is important. In this blog post, we will explain some of the most common types of work-related injuries that are eligible for workers’ compensation in PA, and how you can file a claim for them. Additionally, we will provide you with some tips on how to navigate the workers’ compensation process and get the best possible outcome for your case.

Did you know that in 2022, private industry employers in Pennsylvania reported 123,400 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses? This data was reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Back and Neck Injuries

Back and neck injuries are among the most common and serious work-related injuries. They can result from various causes, such as lifting heavy objects, falling from heights, being struck by objects, or being involved in a car accident. Back and neck injuries can affect the spine, the spinal cord, the nerves, the muscles, and the discs. They can cause pain, stiffness, numbness, tingling, weakness, or paralysis.

Repetitive Stress Injuries

Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) are injuries that occur from performing the same or similar tasks over and over again, without adequate rest or recovery. RSIs can affect the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and joints of various parts of the body, such as the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, neck, and knees. RSIs can cause pain, inflammation, swelling, stiffness, or loss of function.

Some of the most common RSIs include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis, and trigger finger. RSIs are often associated with occupations that involve repetitive motions, such as typing, assembly line work, construction, or nursing. Poor ergonomics, lack of training, or excessive workload can also cause RSIs.

Occupational Diseases

Occupational diseases are caused by exposure to harmful substances or conditions at work. Occupational diseases can affect various organs and systems of the body, such as the lungs, the skin, the blood, the immune system, and the nervous system. Occupational diseases can cause symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, rashes, fever, fatigue, or headaches.

Some of the most common occupational diseases include asbestosis, mesothelioma, silicosis, lead poisoning, and hepatitis. Occupational diseases are often associated with occupations that involve exposure to asbestos, silica, lead, chemicals, or biological agents. Occupational diseases can also be caused by stress, noise, vibration, or radiation.

To file a workers’ compensation claim for an occupational disease, you need to follow the standard process to prove that your work activities caused the disease and that it affects your ability to work. Additionally, file a claim petition within 300 weeks of the last date of exposure or within three years of the date you knew or should have known that the disease was work-related.

Hearing and Vision Loss

Hearing and vision loss are injuries that affect the senses of hearing and vision. Hearing loss can result from exposure to loud noises, such as machinery, explosions, or gunfire. Vision loss can result from exposure to bright lights, such as welding, lasers, or sunlight. Hearing and vision loss can also result from trauma, infection, or disease.

Hearing and vision loss can impair the ability to communicate, perform tasks, or enjoy life. They can also increase the risk of accidents, injuries, or errors. Hearing and vision loss can be temporary or permanent, partial or total, unilateral or bilateral.

Burns and Scars

Burns and scars are injuries that affect the skin and the underlying tissues. Burns can result from exposure to heat, fire, electricity, chemicals, or radiation. Scars can result from burns, cuts, abrasions, or surgeries. Burns and scars can cause pain, infection, disfigurement, or disability.

Filing a Worker’s Comp Claim: The Standard Process

To file a workers’ compensation claim for any work-related injury, you need to demonstrate that your work activities caused the injury and that it impacts your ability to work. Seeking timely medical attention and following your doctor’s treatment recommendations are crucial. You must inform your employer of your injury within 120 days and file a claim petition within three years of the injury date or when you became aware that the injury was work-related.

At RG Injury Law we are ready to help you!

As you can see, many types of work-related injuries are covered by workers’ compensation in PA. However, filing a claim and getting the benefits you deserve is not always easy. You may face challenges, delays, or denials from your employer or their insurance company. You may also need to deal with complex legal issues, such as proving causation, determining liability, or calculating damages.

That’s why you need the help of an experienced and trusted workers’ compensation lawyer. At RG Injury Law, we have the knowledge, skills, and resources to handle your case with professionalism and compassion. We will fight for your rights and interests, and make sure you get the maximum compensation possible for your injuries.

If you have been injured at work, don’t hesitate to contact us today for a free consultation. We will evaluate your case, answer your questions, and advise you on the best course of action. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay us anything unless we win your case. Call us at (717) 656-5000 or visit our website at RG Injury Law to get started. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you with your workers’ compensation claim.

 

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