Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 at 7:07 pm
Studies suggest that employees who are prescribed painkillers for their workplace injuries do not return to work as fast as those who are not prescribed to pain medication.
According to two separate studies, the cost of workplace injuries increase for insurance companies if the injured individual receiving disability payments is taking opioid painkillers. Pain pills cause an employee to stay out of work three times longer than someone who is not taking the powerful pain relievers, one study says.
If these pills are used too early in the recovery process, too often, or for too long, disability payments and medical expenses will begin to rise, and will delay the worker’s return to the workforce. The more individuals who rely on these medications to get through their injuries, the more likely it is that they will push back their full recovery time.
Injuries sustained at work can create serious complications in everyday life. If you have been injured while working, you need experienced representation on your side. Please contact the worker injury lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C. by calling 215-238-1130 today.
Posted on Friday, April 8th, 2011 at 1:48 pm
This week, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is bringing awareness to National Work Zone Safety Week in an attempt to protect highway workers and memorialize the 22 individuals killed in work zones last year. Four of the fatalities last year were workers, 3 were PennDOT employees, and one was a contractor.
“Work Zone Awareness Week is observed each year to draw motorist’s attention to construction and utility workers who are out on Pennsylvania’s roadways. Motorists should be aware that there are municipal workers and private contractors whose ‘office’ is on Pennsylvania highways, and we ask that they drive cautiously in work zones so we can all get home safely,” said Kevin Klein, PennDOT D-2 Executive.
Last year, 1,884 accidents occurred in work zones across the country. In 2009, there were 1,519 accidents in work zones. PennDOT officials noted that since 1970, 82 PennDOT employees have been killed doing their jobs.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of an accident on the job and suffered injuries to the neck or shoulder, contact the Philadelphia neck and shoulder injury attorneys of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C. at 610-667-7511 to set up an appointment to discuss your situation with one of our compassionate workers’ compensation lawyers.
Posted on Thursday, November 18th, 2010 at 11:19 pm
This month, a Pennsylvania jury awarded $12.7 million to two men who were severely burned in an industrial accident. The accident occurred in 2003 at Ametek Speciality Metal Products in North Strabane.
45-year old Rudolph Andrew Paci and 44-year old James Clyde Sutch worked at Ametek as melters when a metal melting furnace exploded on September 2, 2003. After the accident, Paci was in a comma for two months, had burns on 65 percent of his body and disfigurements on 95 percent of his body. The burns destroyed his sweat and oil glands and he is no longer able to work. Sweat and oil glands help to regulate the body’s temperature and skin moisture.
Sutch suffered burns on 22 percent of his body and disfigurement on 33 percent. Doctors say he will have health complications for the rest of his life but he has been able to return to work.
Contact the Philadelphia long-term disability benefits attorneys of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C. at 215-238-1130 if you or someone you know has become disabled in a workplace accident.
Posted on Thursday, November 4th, 2010 at 9:33 pm
Last Friday, a worker was killed on a movie set in Roanoke County, Virginia in a tragic workplace accident. 26-year old Joseph Ruggiero was working as a crew member in the production of the film.
Ruggiero was operating a utility vehicle on set at around 7 P.M. Friday, October 29th when the accident occurred. The set is located at Explore Park on Rutrough Road. Reports did not indicate if Ruggiero was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident or if he passed away from his injuries at the hospital.
The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry will investigate the accident.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ruggiero’s family and friends during this difficult time.
Posted on Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 at 7:35 pm
In a study conducted by the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center, 85 percent of workers say that their top labor concern is workplace safety. Other common concerns included maternity leave, paid sick leave, and overtime pay. Furthermore, while many of the workers said they were happy with their workplace’s safety, the majority also said they felt stressed on the job. Stressful workplaces are more likely to have accidents occur and workers injured.
Tom W. Smith, director of the survey, said that the media and public often do not pay enough attention to workers injured or lost on the job. ”Workplace safety is too often ignored or accidents taken for granted,” stated Smith.
If you or someone you know has been injured on the job, contact the Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorneys of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C. at 215-238-1130 to learn more about your rights.
Posted on Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 at 3:11 pm
Two AmeriCold workers were injured in a workplace accident in East Manchester Township on July 26th when a dock plate fell on top of them. Dock plates are metal ramps used to connect the gap between a truck bed and the floor of the dock. One worker was able to get out from underneath the plate and help his 23-year old co-worker, Robert Enfield.
Both men were rushed to a nearby hospital. Enfield’s head was crushed in the accident causing him serious brain injury. The other worker was treated and released not long after arriving at the hospital. On July 31st, Enfield succumbed to his injuries and passed away.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating this tragic accident.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Enfield’s family and friends.
Posted on Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 at 4:09 pm
Injured workers may be able to receive workers’ compensation for many work-related injuries. However, they typically cannot receive benefits for injuries incurred while employees are on breaks, such as lunch breaks.
According to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law, employees typically cannot receive workers’ compensation benefits for any personal time taken during the work day.
If you or anyone you know has questions about workers’ compensation benefits, contact the Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorneys of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., at 215-238-1130.
Posted on Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 at 6:47 pm
When employees suffer workplace injuries, they are often eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. However, they must report the injury and make a filing within certain time periods.
After the injury occurs, employees have 120 to let their employer know about the injury, and they have 3 years to file a claim petition for workers’ compensation benefits. Not meeting these requirements could jeopardize employees’ chances of receiving workers’ compensation benefits.
If you have questions about when to file a workers’ compensation claim, contact the Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorneys of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., at 215-238-1130.
Posted on Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 at 6:41 pm
In most cases, employees cannot sue their employer or co-employees for injuries related to workplace accidents. They are often limited to filing a workers’ compensation claim, which will cover their medical costs and lost wages.
There are two common exceptions, in which employees may be able to file a lawsuit. One, if the injury was the result of a defective product, the injured employee may have a case against the product’s manufacturer. And two, if the injury occurred because a co-worker intentionally harmed another employee, the injured employee may have cause for filing a civil or criminal lawsuit.
If you or anyone you know has a workers’ compensation case, contact the Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorneys of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., at 215-238-1130.
Posted on Friday, April 16th, 2010 at 8:36 pm
A refinery explosion at Washington state refinery, Tesoro, killed six people.
The sixth death from the a refinery explosion has just been reported, the seventh victim remains in critical condition. Officials say that the plant will remain shut down this month while investigations are completed and repairs to the damages have been made.
The accident occurred on April 7, when fire engulfed the seven workers, making this the deadliest event at a U.S. refinery since 15 people were killed at a BP refinery in 2005.
If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, you may be able to receive compensation for your pain. Contact the Philadelphia worker injury lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C. by calling 215-238-1130.