As we've discussed in previous posts, chemical exposure in the workplace can lead to life-altering conditions - and might even prove fatal. If your workplace failed to provide the necessary safety equipment or training regarding hazardous materials, you could face a wide range of devastating injuries.
In the past, we've blogged about the harm that chemical exposure can pose to workers and other individuals. Two recent CBS Philly stories have highlighted the ever-present danger of chemical exposure, and we will be providing more in-depth analysis of those situations in the coming weeks. As a primer on this topic, we invite you to view the following resources:
Every major city, including Philadelphia, is marked on nearly every block by some form of large construction or renovation project. Outside of major cities, construction plays a vital role in building new communities and revamping existing towns. No matter their role, construction workers face serious injury while on these job. Fortunately, workers' compensation exists to help these injured workers avoid financial devastation while fighting to get healthy.
The only catch is that you have to report your injury to be eligible for workers' comp.
Three construction workers were hospitalized recently when a live electrical cable was cut during an expansion project at a King of Prussia mall. One of the workers was listed in critical condition while a second man was hospitalized for treatment of injuries. The third worker was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Unfortunately, serious injuries are commonplace on construction sites. Typically, the scope of work dictates how many workers and the types of contractors involved at the same time. Whether you are working on the high steel, pouring concrete or rerouting electrical cables, catastrophic injury is a very real possibility.
At a time when more than 60 percent of states have decreased workers' compensation benefits or made it harder to obtain such benefits, Pennsylvania has remained constant and protected the rights of injured workers. Pennsylvania is one of only nine states that ProPublica says has not passed major workers' comp reform; unlike many other states, Pennsylvania has not changed its laws to set arbitrary time limits on temporary wage benefits, expand the use of outside medical reviewers or increase the instances of denying claims based on pre-existing conditions.
With tax filing deadlines quickly approaching, Martin Law has received many inquiries asking if workers' compensation benefits are taxable. Is it different at the state and federal levels? In the video below I address your concerns including whether these benefits are considered earned income and are fully exempt from tax if they are paid under a workers' compensation act or statute.
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 Harm, and offers a list of resources where you can learn more about this issue.
"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: