Workers’ Compensation Attorney Philadelphia
As the economy continues to recover, more people are eager to get back into the workforce. Jobs are necessary to help us provide for ourselves and our families, but many occupations come with the risk of injury. Additionally, the process of receiving workers’ compensation can be long and difficult. Sometimes workers’ compensation claims are even unjustly thrown out. If you need workers compensation, though, the legal experts at Ciccarelli Law Offices will make sure your claim is heard and that you receive what you need. Let us give you the necessary information to prepare for your case.
Workers’ Compensation Statistics
Although most employers are diligent in keeping their employees safe, serious and fatal work injuries are common in Pennsylvania and across the United States. For example, there were 175 fatal work injuries reported in Pennsylvania during 2014. Over 4600 fatal work injuries were reported nationwide that year, as well. Of the injuries reported in Pennsylvania, 74 were related to transportation (i.e., traffic accidents). Another 29 fatal work injuries were related to objects and equipment (i.e., equipment malfunctions or falling objects). Slips, trips, and falls resulted in 25 more fatalities in Pennsylvania.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that any organization with more than 10 employees report both injuries that could result in workers’ compensation claims, and “near-misses,” wherein an injury could have easily occurred but did not.
Although employers are encouraged to assess their own health and safety risks regularly, these assessments are often not conducted as thoroughly as they should be. In addition, the nature of some occupations requires repeated exposure to objects, materials, or environments that could cause disease or injury, leading to workers’ compensation claims.
Naturally, some occupations lend themselves to these claims more than others. At Ciccarelli Law Offices, we find that many of our clients work in similar industries, which include but are not limited to:
- Construction: Construction work is probably one of the most dangerous jobs in existence right now. Construction workers risk slips, trips, and falls, especially from scaffolding or roofs. Falling debris and objects and equipment malfunctions are also common. If a construction team is working on an older building, exposure to asbestos and other harmful materials may occur. This can lead to a variety of cancers, respiratory diseases, and other serious conditions.
- Transportation industry: As noted, traffic accidents and other transportation incidents commonly result in workers’ compensation claims in and out of our service area. Equipment malfunctions are often to blame. The requirements of some transportation companies can be held responsible, too. For example, a trucking company requiring its employees to drive excessive hours has an increased risk of injuries and fatalities.
- Farming and ranching: Anyone working in the agricultural industry risks being injured due to equipment issues, slips and falls, or other mishaps. In addition, the constant presence of hay, manure, and other materials can lead to infections such as farmer’s lung.
- Law enforcement officers and other emergency workers: Working as a police officer, paramedic, or firefighter is naturally high-risk. However, that doesn’t mean these workers cannot or should not be compensated for injuries. Traffic accidents, shootings, burns, cuts and bruises, and trips or falls are all risks. Additionally, paramedics and medical workers in particular are at risk for contracting patient diseases or sustaining injuries from upset or violent patients.
Even if you have a “desk job,” you are not exempt from the need for workers’ comp. Employees working in offices report back and muscle injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, or other conditions which result in chronic pain or disabilities that may keep them out of work for days, weeks, or even months at a time. Certain employees, such as older or obese people, are more likely to miss copious amounts of work due to these injuries and need compensation to cover their daily expenses.
If you have suffered an injury, disease, or disability at work and need workers compensation but are having a hard time getting your claim processed, contact our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys. We will help you win the compensation you need.