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In The News: PA Workers Comp Update 6/20/17




On June 20, 2017, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declared that Section 306(a.2) of the Pa. Workers’ Compensation Act (the Act) was unconstitutional. Previously, since passage of revisions to the Act in 1996, an employer could have an injured worker evaluated by an independent medical examiner to determine his or her percentage of impairment directly resulting from a work injury. This was known as an Impairment Rating Evaluation (IRE). The injured worker must have received 104 weeks of total disability benefits prior to the IRE being requested. Once requested and scheduled, the IRE medical examiner was asked to utilize the American Medical Association (AMA) Guidelines for Impairment 4th Edition. If the IRE rating was equal to or greater than 50 percent, then an injured worker was presumed to be totally disabled. An injured worker was considered partially disabled if he or she had a total impairment rating of less-than 50 percent and the injured worker’s benefits were resultantly limited to the statutory 500-week partial disability time period. The AMA guidelines almost always found an injured worker less-than 50 percent disabled.

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Injured at Work? PA Workers’ Comp Help Now Can Help

If you’ve been injured at work, we’re very happy you have found this page.

Why? We Have The Right Answers to Your Questions!

Because in the next few minutes, we’d like to give you answers to some of the questions that must be on your mind. We also want to provide directions you may need to avoid making any mistakes that can threaten your health and benefits.

Although your work-related injury may differ from others, the process of filing and winning a claim is basically the same. When injured at work your goal should be to commit to recovering from your injury by finding just the right treatment and eliminating the stress that comes with legal documents, medical exams and life-changing decisions that you may experience. Since you’ll be dealing with a large corporate insurance company, it is important for you to be both prepared and protected.

4 Steps To Take When Injured At Work.

Injured at workFirst things first. These are the 4 Steps you need to take to recover when you’ve been injured at work. Whether it’s an accident or illness, for your workers’ compensation benefits you need to avoid legal landmines, insurance company babble and concentrate on your recovery.

  • Treat – If you’ve been seriously injured at work, the first priority is to seek medical assistance from the hospital emergency room or from a physician. Don’t downplay the injury as “nothing serious”. Things change. Today’s sore back can turn out to be a herniated disc tomorrow.

  • ReportWhen you’ve been injured at work reporting the accident with your employer is very important and must take place in a timely fashion. Sit with your manager or human relations person and report to them exactly what happened.

  • File – People who have been injured at work tend to relax after reporting the injury to their employer and talking with the insurance company. There is another task that is very important in protecting yourself. You must file a Claim Petition if you have not received a Notice of Compensation Payable. Note: Filling out the petition is important and can be very confusing. If you call AJ Palutis he will help you fill out the paperwork for NO CHARGE (Free).

  • Recover – You will be responsible for your recovery, consequently you must follow the directions of the doctor, nurse and insurance company to the letter. Remember, insurance companies are not your friend. The doctors and therapists are paid by the insurance company, and report directly to them concerning how you’re handling your treatment.

PA Workers Comp Safety: News Reporters


News reporters lead a stressful life. They must be ready at a moment’s notice to travel to fires, crime scenes, car crashes, and other scenarios of that nature. Not only can this lifestyle cause a lot of mental strain, but it can also lead to serious injuries.


While rushing to make it to an ongoing news story, a news crew may get into a car accident, or may trip going to and from the vehicle while carrying recording equipment.  Furthermore, fire and crime scenes can be dangerous for a number of obvious reasons, including crowds and onlookers that may get in the way. Also, car crashes often require reporters to broadcast alongside busy highways, which poses many injury risks.


However, the potential injuries news reporters face are not only physical. News reporters are also at risk for mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. The stress of constantly being on call and having your work bleed into your personal and social life can be difficult to deal with. Furthermore, news reporters often become “local celebrities”, and are often recognized and harassed in public, making it even more difficult to separate the work life from the personal life. Anyone who experiences mental-health issues as a result of anything related to their career should seek help immediately.


If you are a news reporter that suffers from a work-related injury or illness, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers compensation benefits. Do not miss out on what you are entitled to. If you live in the Harrisburg, Williamsport, or Lewistown area, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 or send us a message.


PA Workers Comp Safety: Security Guards

Security guards often work during the night, alone, and are in charge of making sure that the area they are protecting remains safe. Because of this, they are at risk for themselves to come face-to-face with violent criminals, which can make safety a constant worry.
Security guards are at risk for many physical injuries including back injuries, head injuries, foot and leg injuries, and falls from heights. Security jobs usually require employees to walk around during most of their shift, so any one of these injuries can occur at any time from slipping or tripping. However, a security guards chances of receiving one of these injuries are raised significantly when they are attacked by or trying to chase down a trespasser. However, what’s most alarming is that security guards are also at risk for receiving injuries from guns or other types of weapons.
For a security guard to remain safe on the job, it’s best to work with at least one other person (especially if their shift is after-hours). However, if this is not possible, security guards should carry a cell phone at all times and should also have access to an alarm system that can alert the authorities if anything goes wrong.
If you are a security guard that has suffered from any type of work-related injury, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers compensation benefits. If you live in the Harrisburg, State College, or Scranton area, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 or send us a message.
We proudly serve Wycoming, York, and Adams Counties, as well as all other areas in Pennsylvania.

PA Workers Comp Safety: Carpal Tunnel and Data Entry

Those in Pennsylvania that work data entry jobs (or any other type of job that requires a lot of typing) work in generally safe environments. However, this does not mean they are guaranteed to be free from harm.
Those that spend most of their day typing are at serious risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome.  Carpal tunnel syndrome is a wrist injury that usually occurs from repetitive motion. Symptoms include pain, numbness, and/or tingling in the thumb, pointer, middle, and ring finger. Women are three times more likely than men to develop this condition, and those with diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis are at a higher risk as well.
Fortunately, there are some steps data entry workers can take to lower their chances of suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s good practice to get up from your desk and stretch every 20-60 minutes. You should also make sure that you are using proper ergonomics. The height of your chair should put your forearms level with the keyboard to prevent any straining. You can also consider using an ergonomic keyboard as well as a cushioned mouse pad.
It’s also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle outside of the office. Health problems such a diabetes and arthritis as well as bad habits such as smoking and eating unhealthy foods can increase your risk for carpal tunnel. Exercise, get plenty of rest, and try to eat a balanced diet.
If you suffer from work-related carpal tunnel syndrome, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. If you live in Harrisburg, Lancaster, or Chambersburg and think you may be entitled to benefits, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 send us a message.
We proudly serve Adams, Allegheny, and Armstrong Counties, as well as all other areas in Pennsylvania. 

PA Workers Comp: Supervisors

When it comes to work-related injuries and illnesses, supervisors are often not the first type of employee that comes to mind. However, despite being overlooked, supervisors often work in stressful situations and can be just as prone to work-related injuries and illnesses as all other workers.
Often, supervisors must deal with insubordinate employees, the stress of laying somebody off, critiquing honest but unsatisfactory workers, and delivering bad news from corporate. This can cause a tremendous amount of stress on a person and can lead to mental-health related issues such as depression and anxiety. Also, supervisors often have a hard time making friends in the office (especially in smaller office environments where they are the only person in management), which can be trying on a person's mental health.
Also, supervisors that work in the labor industry are prone to physical injuries such as back, neck, shoulder, and head injuries, as well as carpal tunnel syndrome. Also, supervisors are at risk for physical violence if an insubordinate employee ever gets angry and assaults them.
If you are a supervisor that suffers from a work-related injury or illness, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers compensation benefits. Do not miss out on what you are entitled to. If you live in the Harrisburg, State College, or Gettysburg area, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 or send us a message.
We proudly serve Union, Venango, and Warren Counties, as well as all other areas in Pennsylvania.

PA Workers Comp Safety: Aircraft Mechanics

Working on an aircraft not only takes some serious know-how; it also requires workers to be fully-attentive so that they do not get injured on the job. And whether it be in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, State College, there are many cities in Pennsylvania that have airports. Below are some of the most common injuries associated with aircraft mechanics, as well as some tips that can be used to prevent them.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome can occur when a worker is required to work with vibrating equipment or repeat the same motion many times. These are both things aircraft mechanics deal with on a daily basis. To prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, consider changing grips, using a different tool, wearing a brace, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, or changing-up your work day by varying your tasks.
Back Injuries
Working with aircrafts requires a lot of movement and lifting. Because of this, many aircraft mechanics experience back injuries. To avoid back injuries, it's best to lift using proper ergonomics and to stretch regularly.
Electric Shock
Aircraft mechanics are often required to work with power tools and wiring. Because of this, it's important that they take all the necessary precautions to avoid electric shock. All equipment should be thoroughly inspected and all workers need to be properly trained on how to use all tools and parts. If someone hasn't been shown how to use a specific tool or how to wire something, they should be assigned to something else until they learn everything they need to know.
Trips and Slips
Since aircraft mechanics work around oil and other fluids, there are naturally going to be some spills that occur. It's important to take care of these spills as soon as possible so that no one slips and receives an injury. Also, the floor should be keep free of clutter and stretched extension cords.
If you are an aircraft mechanic who has been injured on the job and live in the Harrisburg, Williamsport, or Lewistown area, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow for a FREE consultation. Contact us at (717) 234-2402 or send us a message.
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PA Workers Comp Safety: Construction and Building Inspectors

Construction and building inspectors work around heavy equipment and machinery all the time. Despite the fact that they may not be doing any actual labor, they are still at risk for a number of serious injuries. Below are a few tips inspectors can use to remain safe on the job.
Wear Proper Safety Equipment
Steel toed boots, hard hats, goggles, gloves, etc. are a must when it comes to work sites that involve lots of equipment and heavy machinery.
Know The Tools and the Worksite
Despite the fact that you may not be spending the entire day on the worksite, it's important for you to understand the layout of the facility as well as how to use each of the tools the workers are responsible for using.
Be Alert
It's essential that you arrive at the jobsite well-rested and fully alert. Get plent of rest the night before and give the job your full attention. Be on the lookout for clutter, loose wires, falling objects, and wet floors. All of these problems can lead to serious injuries.
If you are a construction or building inspector and have been injured on the job, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow for a FREE consultation. If you live in the Harrisburg, Gettysburg, or Scranton area, give us a call at (717) 234-2402 or send us a message online. Do not miss out on the benefits you are entitled to!

PA Workers Comp Safety: Rain

Spring has finally arrived in Pennsylvania. And that means that for the next few months, it's going to be wet outside. Below are a few safety tips you and your coworkers can use if you are required to work outside in rainy conditions.
Wear The Right Clothing
Wear clothing that will keep you dry. If you know you will be working in the rain, wear water-proof, non-slip boots. This will prevent both wet feet and falling. You should also wear water-proof gloves and a rain jacket. Wear colors that will make you visible (especially if you are working along the road) and use anti-fog spray if you are required to wear goggles.
DO NOT Work with Electricity
If your task involves any wires or working with electric tools, save it for another day. Working with electricity in the rain is a bad idea and can lead to electricution.
Be Cautious
A rainy sky means a wet ground. In wet conditions, workers are at risk for running into damp soil or slipping on a wet surface. If it's raining, move slowly and watch your step. Keep your eyes open for wet surfaces and soft ground. Avoid. If you are required to use a ladder or scaffold, do so with extreme caution.
If you have been injured on the job and live in the Harrisburg, State College, or Pottsville areas, contacts PaWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 for a free consultation. Do not miss out on the benefits you are entitled to. 

PA Workers Comp Benefits: What Business Owners Need to Know

In Pennsylvania, it’s important for business owners to understand that it is their responsibility to provide a safe work environment and to also cover the medical costs of all injured workers. Below is some information business owners need to know regarding Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. 
Fault Doesn’t Matter
Many employers will try to get out of paying workers’ compensation benefits by claiming that the injury was not their fault. However, fault is not a factor when it comes to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. If an employee is injured on the job, it is the employer’s responsibility to cover the costs of the injury.  
It’s the Employer’s Responsibility to Properly Train all Employees
Untrained workers are a danger to themselves and everyone else on the job. It’s the employer’s responsibility to make sure that all workers are thoroughly trained on all tasks, equipment, and safety procedures.  It’s also a good idea to have instructions and manuals readily available at all times that employees can access if they have any questions. 
You Cannot Fire or Mistreat an Employee for Filing a Workers’ Comp Claim
In Pennsylvania, it is every injured workers’ right to file a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claim. If the claim is rejected, they are also allowed to hire an attorney and dispute this claim. It is not okay to fire, lay off, reduce the hours of, or mistreat any employee just because he or she has filed a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claim. 
If you have been injured on the job in Pennsylvania, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits EVEN if your employer has rejected your claim. Do not miss out on what you are entitled to. If you live in the Allentown, Bethlehem, or Reading area, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 or send us a message.
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