There are many ways an employee can become injured on the job. For construction workers, falls or equipment malfunctions are often factors, and for office workers, long-term injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome may arise. When injuries like these and others occur, employees may choose to seek workers' compensation benefits. One Pennsylvania man is likely looking into his options after an explosion at his workplace.
The victim worked at a local whiskey distillery. Few details of the accident have been released at this time. According to officials, an explosion occurred in a still used to make the whiskey. Fortunately, the explosion did not lead to a fire. It is currently unknown what caused the still to explode.
When the still erupted, the worker was thrown back a few feet. First responders took the man to the hospital where he was treated for cuts and bruises. No other employees were hurt in the incident. The tasting room at the distillery is closed while authorities continue to investigate the cause of the explosion.
In many cases, injured workers must deal with unexpected medical bills after an accident. To help cope with this, they are typically entitled to file for workers' compensation benefits. When these benefits are awarded, claimants receive monetary benefits that can be used to help pay for medical bills, lost wages or any other related expenses. However, obtaining these benefits can be challenging, and anyone interested in receiving these benefits should consult an experienced Pennsylvania workers' compensation attorney for assistance in filing a claim and help appealing any denied claims.
Source: seattletimes.com, "Explosion at Pennsylvania distillery injures 1 employee", Jan. 4, 2018