A Pennsylvania man working in a bucket truck suffered injuries when the truck fell over, sending the man plummeting 40 feet to the ground. The incident took place earlier this month in Devon, Pennsylvania. The fire company reports that the incident began when the bucket truck tipped over onto electrical lines. This caused the man to fall and then become trapped under the truck.
Being injured on-the-job is no picnic. It means having to take time off to heal, which can sometimes put a person out of commission for weeks or even months. Most people can't make ends meet financially if they cannot work.
When bad things happen, many people say to look for the silver lining. Well, the silver lining when you are injured and unable to work is Workers' Compensation. Workers' Compensation is available to all workers when they are temporarily unable to work due to injury or illness. It helps to cover lost wages when injury or illness strikes a worker.
When employees show up to work, they have a right to a relatively safe work environment. However, not all accidents can be prevented, and so to help ensure injured workers have an outlet for relief when unable to work, the state workers' compensation provides benefits. Think of workers' compensation like a safety net in which workers have a recourse if unable to work due to injury sustained on the job or due to the activities of the job.
Workers' compensation provides injured individuals with financial support when they suffer harm due to their jobs. A worker should not experience detrimental effects to their health when they perform tasks for their employer, and as such their employer should compensate them when that harm keeps them out of work. However, getting workers' compensation requires satisfying certain requirements and from time to time Butler residents may see their applications denied.
There are a number of reasons that Pennsylvania residents may lose their balance and fall. Often individuals trip over items in front of them or slip on wet or icy surfaces. When a person suffers a fall on the property of another individual, the victim may have rights to compensation through premises liability theories of law. When an employee suffers a fall-related injury while at work, they may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits.
If a Pennsylvania resident sustains injuries due to another person's careless actions or negligent conduct then the victim may have the right to sue the other party in order to reclaim their losses. However, most workers do not have this option when it is the carelessness or negligence of their employers that causes their harm. That is because the state has a workers' compensation system in place to streamline the process of getting hurt workers the help that they need.
Certain industries, like manufacturing, commercial fishing, health care and construction are infamous for workplace accidents and higher rates of workers' compensation claims than others. Lately, the warehouses that fulfill orders for online retailers, such as the eight Amazon facilities in Pennsylvania - including one in Pittsburgh - have received heightened attention from regulators and watchdog organizations.