There is always something tragic about an on-the-job accident, no matter how minor the injury. It is hard not to feel a sense of injustice whenever people are injured while were working hard to make a living.
There is a growing trend among states to extend workers' compensation claims to include post-traumatic stress disorder brought on by trigger events. Following a November 2013 state supreme court order, workers' compensation benefits were provided for a Pennsylvania State trooper who made a claim for psychological disability after killing a woman who ran in front of his car.
A new report is arguing that big business has influenced the legal system to the point it is affecting the likelihood that an injured worker will succeed with filing a suit against an unsafe employer. This may come as alarming news for employees in Pennsylvania, especially those who believe they are at risk for an on-the-job accident. Researchers and experts that worked on the report examined many facets of this issue and found that business organizations have been financing campaigns for judges that tend to rule in favor of corporate defendants in tort claims cases.