The workforce in Pottsville and surrounding areas include very important industries – mining, manufacturing, steel processing, product distribution, and many more. These establishments provide critical job opportunities to the community.
However, they also pose significant risks to their employees — the consequences, of which, can be catastrophic.
Be on the lookout for danger
Construction work typically poses the highest risk of work-related accidents. In fact, one in-depth article spotlighting the construction injuries notes, “on a daily basis, construction workers must deal with some of the most dangerous working conditions faced by employees in any industry.”
However, one of the following dangers are almost always lurking at any job sites:
- Falls from scaffolds, ladders and other elevated platforms
- Toxic exposure to hazardous chemicals
- Structural collapses and cave-ins
- Falling parts, moving machinery
- Prolonged exposure to dangerous weather conditions
- Fires and electrical malfunctions
Keeping an eye out for these potential risks is the first step in staying safe at work.
Know your workers’ comp rights
After suffering from a work-related injury, the process of getting help can feel overwhelming. Some employees may be pushed to accept a settlement offer that’s lower than they need to recover, while others may find that their claim has been denied altogether.
But, workers have a right to compensation after a work-related injury — no matter the cost or who was at fault for the incident. Pfeiffer Brown DiNicola & Frantz are dedicated to helping clients get the compensation they deserve.
That compensation may include many financial consequences the worker faced as a result of the injury, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Income the worker missed out on while recovering from the injury
- The cost of trips taken to receive medical treatment
Further, a thorough investigation may reveal a third-party fault in the accident. This may arise from an insufficient maintenance repair, faulty equipment and more. When a third-party is also at-fault for a worker’s injury, a personal injury lawsuit can be filed for compensation in addition to the workers’ compensation claim.
Pennsylvania workers should feel empowered to exercise their legal rights in the wake of a workplace injury. Seeking a dedicated, results-oriented legal team for help after an on-the-job accident, can help you reach the financial compensation you are lawfully entitled to.