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May 2018 Archives

Is occupational asthma covered by workers' compensation benefits?

Occupational asthma is a problem in many workplaces in Pennsylvania, and it is a significant problem because it affects both employees and employers who see the effects on the bottom lines of their companies. Asthma can affect workers in a variety of industries because exposure to a wide range of products and substances can cause it -- or exacerbate an existing condition. Affected workers can develop chest tightness, wheezing, coughing and breath shortness upon exposure to harmful products hours, days or even months after exposure. Fortunately, this disease is covered by the workers' compensation insurance system.

Workers' compensation: 1 dead, 1 hurt in garbage truck crash

No job is free from the possibility of causing injury to a worker. Due to the risk of being injured on the job, Pennsylvania employers are required to carry workers' compensation coverage for employees. This state-regulated insurance provides financial assistance to an injured worker, or survivors' benefits should the worker suffer a fatal accident while working.

Nursing home LPN facing wrongful death charges

Most people carefully consider their options when placing a loved one in the care of a nursing facility. Finding the right home with a caring staff is crucial in providing peace of mind for the individual taking up residence and the family as well. Should something go wrong, the consequences can be devastating, leading to feelings of guilt and anger for those who made the placement decision. A retired army lieutenant colonel recently died after suffering injuries at a Pennsylvania nursing home, and the family is considering a wrongful death civil claim.

Car accidents resulting from police chases leave families unsure

Many reasons can account for why one may decide to flee a traffic stop. Prior issues with law enforcement, outstanding warrants or possession of illegal substances are many cited reasons for one deciding to evade law enforcement. Regardless, car accidents are sometimes caused by drivers fleeing from police officers. A resulting collision may end up hurting others in or near the roadway, simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Workers' compensation when one is injured on the job

Every day Pennsylvania employees head to work to earn a living and provide for their families. Expecting their employers to keep the workplace safe, regardless of where the worksite is physically located, can be taken for granted by workers. The safety of television and cell towers are no exception. Should a workplace injury happen, the Pennsylvania workers' compensation program is in place to help employees.

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