Workers’ Compensation (frequently referred to as workman’s comp) is a system funded by employers to ensure that employees receive appropriate compensation if injured on the job or affected by an occupational illness. Any injury sustained while furthering the business of your employer may be covered by workers’ compensation benefits. The workers’ compensation system is designed to benefit both employers and employees with the target goal of getting you back on your feet as soon as possible. If you have been injured at work or suspect that an occupational illness is the root cause of a disease, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Being injured on the job may leave you with a lot of questions regarding your right to workers’ compensation. Hiring an experienced attorney can help ease the process, allowing you to feel confident taking the next steps. At Donaghue & Labrum, an experienced workers’ compensation attorney will sit down with you and explain the process, giving you all of the information you need to feel confident filing a claim. We will continue to support you should your claim be challenged or denied.
The attorneys at Donaghue & Labrum are here to help those injured in the workplace receive the benefits that they are entitled. We represent injured workers throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. For a free consultation, call us directly at 610-565-9120 or contact us by filling out the “Get Started” form on the sidebar of this page.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a repetitive stress injury often associated with pain, numbness, or a tingling sensation felt in the thumb, fingers, and/or palm. The carpal tunnel is a thin passageway for ligaments and bones that can become swollen due to repetitive movements. When swollen, the carpal tunnel compresses the median nerve that runs between the hand and forearm often resulting in the nerve becoming pinched or stressed.
- Work-Related Tasks Known to Trigger CTS:
- Typing or Writing
- Assembly Line Work
- Using Equipment That Vibrates
- Anything Involving Precise Movements with Fingers / Wrists
If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome after working at a job that requires repetitive movement of the fingers, hand, or wrist, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Due to the fact that repetitive use injuries develop over a long period of time, diagnosis is often delayed. This can sometimes cause difficulties receiving the benefits employees are entitled to. Working with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can help ensure you receive the benefits the law entitles you to.
If you suffered from an orthopedic injury while at work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Orthopedic injuries are among the most common type of work-related injuries and can involve bones, muscles, joints, cartilage, tendons, and/or ligaments. The most frequent orthopedic injuries include broken bones, stress fractures, damaged or torn ligaments, and sprains.
In regard to workers’ compensation and, most importantly, your health and well-being, remember that it benefits no one to work through the pain. Orthopedic injuries can cause permanent damage if left untreated and a delay in filing your claim may affect your workers’ compensation rights. To maximize your workers’ compensation benefits, be sure to keep all documentation regarding medical treatment in order.
Suffering from an injury at work is stressful. Working with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can help ensure you receive the benefits the law entitles you to.
Occupational illnesses occur when an employee is subjected to prolonged hours spent in an unhealthy work environment. Occupational illnesses refers to illness or disease obtained by over-exposure to toxic materials and harmful substances in the workplace. If you suffer from an occupational illness or are ill and suspect that you were exposed to hazardous substances at work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
Due to the typically subtle nature of exposure to toxins and hazardous materials, it is often difficult to prove occupational illness. If medical evidence proves that the illness is directly associated with working conditions, the employee should be able to receive workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation benefits are only available to employees if exposure is the main contributing factor to the illness.
- Examples of occupational illnesses include:
- Mesothelioma or asbestosis resulting from working with asbestos insulation or in an asbestos mine
- Lead or mercury poisoning caused by exposure
- Black lung among coal miners
- Skin disease caused by chemical exposure
- Radiation sickness among workers in the nuclear industry
Specific Loss Benefits
When employees suffer from a specific loss due to a workplace injury, the damage can be traumatic. Coping with a specific loss is often paired with physical and emotional challenges. Hiring an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can help to alleviate some of the stress you are experiencing as a result to your injury and can help to ensure that you receive the compensation the law entitles you to.
Specific Loss injuries include:
- Amputation or loss of the use of a body part
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Hearing or vision loss
Injured workers do not have to be incapable of continuing their daily work in order to receive compensation. Emotional impact is taken into consideration when reviewing specific loss workers’ compensation benefits. Scheduled benefits are determined under Pennsylvania law based on the severity of the injury. Benefits may be distributed weekly or bi-weekly.