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Workers' compensation benefits for family of deceased worker

Pennsylvania workers have the right to seek certain types of financial support in the event they suffer an injury in the workplace. Through a workers' compensation claim, a person may be able to secure support for medical bills, a portion of lost wages and even assistance with returning to work. In the event a worker dies because of a workplace accident, his or her family may be able to claim death benefits as well.

The importance of workers' compensation benefits is illustrated in a recent tragic accident that took place in New Castle. A man died in an on-the-job accident after being run over by a vehicle he was working on. This unfortunate accident took place as the man was replacing a light on the back of the truck. The truck was in park but was still running at the time. 

Workplace assault injuries high among female workers

Workplace violence is a significant issue here in the United States. This issue has particularly big impacts on women, according to a recent National Safety Council analysis.

The analysis found that, in 2017, around 7 out of every 10 assault-related workplace injuries that caused missed days from work here in the U.S. were suffered by women. The total for such injuries for female workers that year was 12,820. This is over 7,000 injuries higher than the total for male workers.

How education puts stress onto teachers' bodies

When people list dangerous professions, they include jobs like firefighters, police officers, doctors and construction workers. There are very few adults who would believe teaching could be a hazardous profession.

Most teachers are not risking their lives in the classroom, but they are endangering their health due to numerous health concerns hidden in school across the country. One prevalent issue for teachers is the risk of repetitive stress injury.

Common ways you can get hurt while caring for the ill or injured

If you are a healthcare professional, taking care of patients around the clock can put a strain on your body. While medical facilities are supposed to be a place of healing, nursing staff are at risk of suffering injuries on the job.

With staffing shortages, faulty equipment and a variety of patient needs, you may experience a great deal of stress, both on your mind and your body, while working as a registered nurse (RN), licensed practical nurse (LPN) or nursing assistant (NA). In addition, exposure to dangerous contagious illnesses, working long shifts without adequate rest and demanding patients are often part of your daily experience.

The importance of mental health for emergency care professionals

As an emergency care professional, you are there for your community when they are at their most vulnerable. Whether it's a medical emergency or there is a disaster in the home, you have made the brave choice to help when they need it most.

In emergency care, there are some physical dangers that you can expect to come along with the job. You may find, however, that it is the mental toll that can be more difficult to deal with. In some ways, even when you are home and no longer on-call, it can seem like you are never really off-duty.

How to pay bills if you're out of work after an injury

Even if you work in a relatively safe industry, you could still suffer an injury at some point that keeps you away from your job. If this happens, you're left with a lot on your plate. In addition to your treatment, you must find a way to stay on top of all your bills.

A workplace injury can result in a variety of medical bills. Along with this, if you're unable to work, you may not have enough money to pay other bills, such as your mortgage and car payment.

When you're injured while working in another state

Workers come to Pennsylvania and Williamsport each season to work on the oil fields. It's honest work for good money, plus it means getting out and seeing a little bit more of the world. Being an oil field worker is dangerous though, and accidents happen every day.

What can you do when you're injured on the job but live out of state? Does workers' comp apply if you don't live in the state you're injured in? Do you need a lawyer? Do they need to be from your state or Pennsylvania? Relax, you can draw workers' compensation with some help from a local attorney.

Hospital workers must be provided a safe work environment

Hospital workers should be some of the safest workers because of the settings in which they work. When you see the results of accidents on a daily basis, it seems as though you would want to take steps to be as safe as possible. Unfortunately, the powers-that-be at hospitals don't always prioritize safety.

There are some very specific hazards that these workers might face. It is imperative that all hospitals take the precautions necessary to prevent nurses, custodians and other workers from becoming injured during their shifts.

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