The Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act requires that workers who are injured on the job or who develop a disease or illness related to their employment receive certain forms of benefits. The law requires employers to either carry private workers' compensation insurance, to participate in the state's workers' compensation fund or to be self-insured.
A construction accident near Philadelphia has taken the life of a 40-year-old New Jersey man. The accident occurred around 12:30 p.m. June 20 in Cherry Hill at an old Blockbuster Video building located in a Route 38 shopping center. According to reports, construction workers were in the process of demolishing the building and had removed all the walls except for one.
A 47-year-old construction worker who lost his leg while working on a renovation project at a landmark Philadelphia building has recently agreed to settle his lawsuit against four defendants, including the project's general contractor. The workplace accident also left the man confined to a wheelchair with a crushed left foot. He claims that he suffers post-traumatic stress disorder. The man will receive $16.3 million according to the terms of the settlement, which was announced on May 28.
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.
This winter has already been brutal for people throughout Pennsylvania, and many workers in the Philadelphia area have done their part to try to reduce some of the risks faced by motorists trying to navigate slick and snowy roadways.
In Pennsylvania, if you have been injured in the course of your employment, you are entitled to workers' compensation. Unfortunately, though, sometimes employers try to delay or deny the compensation that an injured worker needs. To ensure that they receive the full measure of compensation for injuries, many workers take legal action and consult with a workers' compensation attorney.
A water tower in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, was the site of a recent incident. The tragic workplace accident resulted in the death of a 31-year-old man from Jacobus, Pennsylvania. According to reports, he and two other workers were inside of an empty water tower when the 31-year-old fell to his death. Another employee-a 38-year-old from New Jersey-was suspended by his safety harness for more than three hours during the ordeal. The third employee was not injured in the incident.
What happens when a worker from Pennsylvania is injured on the job, returns after receiving compensation and eventually becomes unable to work due to complications associated with the original injury? According to a recent ruling in another state, that person is ineligible to receive workers' compensation benefits, even though the person's inability to work was related to a previous workplace accident.
According to some, the most common cause for a workplace injury is a motor vehicle accident. Many people drive vehicles for work in Pennsylvania and in one case, a man was denied the insurance benefits for an underinsured motorist under his personal coverage while he was driving a bus for the Berks Area Reading Transit Authority.