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Statutes of limitation may preclude workers' compensation claim

An unfortunate number of Pennsylvanians are hurt and made sick while performing the duties of their employment each and every year. Many individuals who are harmed by workplace accidents and hazards are able to receive compensation through their employers to allow them to stay financially afloat as they weather the challenges of their recoveries. The financial support they receive can come from workers' compensation, and if workers fails to file for such support they may lose the option if the statute of limitations runs.

Workers' compensation may be difficult without help

If you have been involved in a workplace accident, you may find it difficult to obtain the necessary paperwork to process your claim. Depending upon the severity of your injury or illness, you may even find it difficult to take care of yourself and heal.

Bureau of Labor Statistics analysis of work hazards

While the last thing most Americans think about while going to work is the possibility of injury or death, statistics show that some occupations are far more dangerous than others. However, a worker could become injured or ill at nearly any workplace. In fact, numbers released by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics are staggering.

What is OSHA?

Since the introduction of the term employment, there have been countless instances of workers being taken advantage of by their employers. The same held true for most of the history of the United States, including workers from the state of Pennsylvania. It wasn't until 1970 when workers finally got the protections they deserve, when the country passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and formed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration formed and administers several employee rights and makes certain that employers adhere to several safety standards.

Accidents can happen in any industry

Workplace accidents and injuries can take place in any workplace setting from a construction accident to a workplace accident in an office space. Workers may suffer injuries at their desks or in falls from scaffolding. Regardless of if the worker is part of a high-risk industry or otherwise, workplace accidents can be serious for workers and their families. Unfortunately, there are a variety of different types of common workplace accidents and injuries.

Understanding workers' compensation benefits

Workers who suffer a work-related injury or suffer from a work-related illness in Pennsylvania are protected through workers' compensation benefits. Workers' compensation benefits may be available for injured workers including benefits for medical expenses and wage-loss compensation benefits when the worker is unable to work as a result of the injury or illness. Additionally, death benefits may be available to dependent survivors of workers tragically killed in a workplace accident.

4 things to do if you are injured at work

A serious injury can have an immense impact on your life. Medical bills, an inability to work and other repercussions can make life very difficult both physically and financially. If you were injured at work, however, it is important to know that you may be eligible for workers' compensation.