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Why should an injured worker select an attorney who is a Pa. Workers’ Compensation Specialist Certified by the Pa. Bar Association section on Workers’ Compensation as approved by the Pa. Supreme Court?

It’s no secret that all practicing Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyers have graduated from law school and have passed the Pennsylvania State Bar Exam. However, until recently, there was no way to OFFICIALLY determine which Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorneys were of the utmost quality.
As it is with any other field, the best lawyers are not only ALLOWED to practice law, but have PROVEN their expertise with years of experience, applied knowledge, and a good track record. Now, thanks to a certification set up by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, there is a LEGITIMATE method for consumers to determine which attorney is most qualified to handle a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation case.
As you may have read in one of our previous posts, AJ Palutis and Fred Hait have met this qualification. Palutis and Hait are now certified as specialists in the practice of workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. This honor not only demonstrates the experience, knowledge, and skill of its recipients, but also grants Pennsylvania legal service consumers the information and guidance needed to select the best representation for their Pennsylvania workers’ compensation case.  Below is some more information about why Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorneys that have been certified by the Supreme Court are of the highest quality.
To qualify for this certification, the applicant must meet a series of standards set fourth by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. First, one must have practiced law for a minimum number of years in which a minimum percentage of one’s practice dealt with workers’ compensation and subjects related to workers’ compensation. Those that qualified then took a four hour exam which rigorously covered a variety of workers’ compensation related topics.
Anyone looking for representation in workers’ compensation related cases in Pennsylvania would be wise to select legal counsel that has met these criteria. Those that have met these standards have not only proven their expertise by practicing workers’ compensation law for a number of years, but have also shown a tremendous amount of knowledge by passing the difficult exam. 
If your workers’ compensation case has been denied, contact a CERTIFIED workers’ compensation lawyer immediately. Do not miss out on the benefits you are entitled to. 
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Injury – 5 Most Common Causes of Workers’ Compensation Injuries


According to the 2012 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, last year’s 5 most common  causes of work related injuries were overexertion, same-level falls, bodily reactions, lower-level falls, and being struck by an object. Below is some information about each of these and what can be done to prevent them. 

Overexertion occurs when the body is pushed beyond its healthy limits. One of the most common instances of overexertion takes place when an employee receives a minor injury and chooses to keep working, thus making the injury worse. 
Overexertion can easily be prevented by listening to your body. If performing any task causes pain, you need to stop immediately, speak with your supervisor and consult with a medical professional. Other methods include maintaining a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise, taking breaks when necessary, utilizing proper lifting technique, organizing the work place to reduce excessive reaching (for example, lowering shelf height), and using equipment that is properly adjusted to your body size. 
Same-Level Fall
A same-level fall is a fall that takes place on a relatively level area in which the worker  impacts the level in which they were standing (or working). Same-level falls are best prevented by keeping your work area clean. This means leaving no debris, work tools or spills in open areas. Same-level falls can also happen when a tool malfunctions and causes the user to lose his or her balance. To prevent this from happening, be sure to never use tools that need maintenance and be sure to regularly check your tools for breaks and missing parts. Another way of preventing same-level fall injuries is by wearing proper safety equipment. Examples may include hard hats, steel-toed boots, gloves, or slip-resistant footwear. 
Bodily Reaction    
Bodily reaction injuries result from free bodily motions. These include climbing, reaching, bending, tripping without falling, etc.. Bodily reaction injuries can be prevented with some of the methods we discussed in the previous two sections. These include having a regular exercise routine, lifting properly, utilizing the best ergonomics, keeping a clean work area, and using well-maintained tools and safety equipment. 
Lower-Level Fall
Lower-level falls occur when someone falls onto a level that is lower than where they were originally working (for example, falling to the ground from a ladder). One of the best ways to prevent lower-level falls is to have the right type of equipment (scaffold, ladders, etc.) for the job and to make sure that all of it is in safe condition. For working on high levels like roofs, safety devices such as harnesses can also be provided. Also, when working from heights, jumping and exaggerated reaches should be COMPLETELY avoided. Falling from heights can cause very serious injuries. 
Struck by and Object
These happen when the worker is hit with something (a tool falling from a shelf, something thrown, etc.). Because so many of these injuries occur when items fall from shelves, it’s crucial that you safely put away all of your tools and NEVER leave anything hanging over an edge. Furthermore, the heaviest items should be kept on the lower shelves and storage areas.  
Also, tools (or anything else) should NEVER be thrown. Even in friendly situations, like saying to your coworker “Hey, toss me that tool man!”. This is extremely unsafe and there is no excuse for it.   
Remember to always follow properly procedures and to stop working immediately if you are ever injured in any way. If you have suffered from one of the injuries mentioned in this article and feel you were not given Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to, contact a workers’ compensation attorney right away.