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Philadelphia Worker's Compensation Law Blog

The Human Cost Of Workers' Comp Reform

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Earlier this month, we looked at two articles in ProPublica's and NPR's ongoing series about the dismantling of workers' compensation in the United States. As advocates for injured workers, including those harmed in the workplace, we are greatly interested in these articles and believe that it is important for everyone to know about the changes to workers' comp systems across the nation.

This article provides an overview of ProPublica's most recent entry in its series, titled The Fallout of Workers' Comp 'Reforms': 5 Tales of Harmand offers a list of resources where you can learn more about this issue.

The Safe Guys

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"The lawyers at Martin Law love their work, helping protect the rights of injured and disabled workers..." So begins the newest entry in our Safe Guys series of videos.

The video features Martin Law attorneys George Martin, Joe Huttemann and Matt Wilson. As dramatic music plays in the background, the video shows them working to prevent injuries:

Workers' Compensation Under Fire

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When you are injured, workers' compensation is supposed to be there to protect you and help you provide for your family. But who protects our workers' compensation system? In the past decade, more than 30 states have passed legislation that makes it more difficult to obtain workers' comp benefits or reduces the amount of benefits you can receive.

A recent series of articles by ProPublica and National Public Radio (NPR) explores the ways that the workers' compensation system has been attacked. As a part of its analysis, this group conducted in-depth research into the wild variations of disability awards, the ways in which states have reduced workers' comp funding, state-by-state trends over the past decade, and many other aspects of the worker's comp system. What they found were cuts that have "gone so deep in some states that judges who hear workers' comp cases, top defense attorneys for companies and even the father of the modern workers' comp system say they are inhumane."

Nail Salons And Workplace Illness: Protect Yourself

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Every day, manicurists, pedicurists and other salon professionals are exposed to a variety of dangerous - yet often overlooked - workplace hazards. Some of these hazards pose an immediate risk, while other can cause long-term damage that builds up over time. Being exposed to chemicals and toxic fumes, coming into contact with biological hazards (such as diseases carried by clients), and straining for hours in uncomfortable physical positions can lead to a wide array of illnesses and injury, including:

Winter Hazards And Cold Weather: What Workers Need To Know

Now that winter has returned in full force and Pennsylvania - along with much of the East Coast - is experiencing a seemingly non-stop series of storms, we felt it was time to revisit the important topic of winter workplace safety.

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Winter Safety Basics

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) provides an extensive overview of how to prevent injuries and illness during winter weather. Should an injury or illness arise, whether in the workplace or not, this site also offers tips on steps that you should take.

Need Information About Workers' Comp in Pennsylvania? This List is Perfect For You.

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At Martin Law, we offer a wide range of resources to those with questions about workers' compensation. This includes free consultations, where you can receive answers directly from experienced workers' comp attorneys.

If you would like to get more information before contacting us, please review the resources listed below and look at other parts of our blog that are relevant to your situation. When you are finished, we encourage you to let us know if you still have any and we will gladly set up time to meet with you.

Course and Scope of Employment in Workers' Comp Cases

One of the most common questions that arises in the field of workers' comp law is "was the injury or illness caused within the 'course and scope of employment?'" While some workers' comp situations are straightforward - such as when an injury occurs in the workplace while an employee is carrying out his or her normal day-to-day activities - others require a more in-depth analysis of what exactly the "course and scope" of an employee's job encompasses.

Mining Fatalities: Still On The Rise In 2015

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The recent upward trend in mining fatalities looks, unfortunately, to still be on the rise. Last year, we blogged about a Department of Labor (Mine Safety and Health Administration) report that showed an increase in mining death between 2012 and 2013.

The numbers for 2014 are in, and they show that mining-related deaths held steady at 2013's higher rate. 2015 looks to be even deadlier, as there have already been four fatalities this year; at that rate, 2015 is on pace to have 20% more mining deaths than 2014.

Non-Traditional And Extreme Workers' Comp Situations

When most people think of workers' compensation, they think of work-related illnesses or workplace accidents in terms of their own workplace. But work-related illness and injury can occur in any type of workplace, including many situations that you may never envision even in your wildest dreams. Did you ever think that being robbed would entitle you to workers' comp? What about if you had to make a delivery and were traumatized because you found a dead body? These are just a few of the many intense situations that arise every year in the field of workers' compensation law.

Did You Know? - Facts about Workers' Compensation in Pennsylvania

While many of the questions we receive about workers' compensation relate to benefits and the process for obtaining them, numerous clients have been equally curious about the workers' compensation system itself. What is it? How long has it been around? What types of injuries are affecting others throughout the state?

Below, we provide a quick look at some interesting facts about the workers' compensation system and the injuries that are most often reported: