If you get hurt on the job, workers' compensation through your employer provides medical treatment and wage loss payments that help you concentrate on getting well. Pennsylvania law covers a wide range of injuries and illnesses, but it’s important to know which specific situations the law covers. Here are a few of the common types of injuries workers typically receive benefits for.
4 Injuries Usually Covered Under Workers’ Compensation
1. Repetitive Stress Injuries
Also known as cumulative trauma disorders or repetitive motion injuries, repetitive stress injuries occur frequently in the workplace. These injuries result from long-term physical labor or motions repeated over long periods. Examples include carpal tunnel syndrome, which is commonly caused by years of typing and affects the hands, wrists, and forearms; and repeated heavy lifting, which can lead to chronic back pain.
2. Stress-Related Physical Injuries
If you’re a police officer, firefighter, or emergency medical worker, you could be eligible for workers’ compensation if you suffer a heart attack or stroke. Such claims are often based on the high levels of stress experienced by first responders and employees who work in similar high-pressure environments. Similarly, if you suffer from a psychological issue, like depression, as a result from a physical injury received on the job, that may also be covered.
3. Occupational Illnesses
Considering Pennsylvania’s mining history, workers’ compensation claims for cancers related to asbestos and lung disease resulting from silica are common. Mining accidents lead to worker’s injury claims for broken and fractured limbs, as well as amputations, head injuries, and wrongful death. In the medical industry, there are often cases of diseases and illnesses due to exposure. For instance, first responders who are exposed to hepatitis when working with blood or firefighters exposed to carcinogens.
Some non-work related injuries may qualify for workers’ comp if the condition worsens because of your job. For example, if you are diagnosed with asthma and your job exposes you to irritants, you may be able to seek compensation.
If you aren’t sure whether their injuries qualify for worker’s compensation, count on Stine & Associates, P.C. in Greensburg, PA, to explain your rights and protect your interests. Since 2007, these injury claims attorneys have provided personalized service to injured people to let them they obtain all the benefits the law allows. If you get hurt at work, get the legal advice and representation that enables you to recover physically and financially. Explore their services online or call (724) 837-0160 to arrange for a consultation.