Financial And Legal Support For Pennsylvania Workers With Arm And Shoulder Injuries
The Greensburg area has a long history of physically demanding jobs, from coal mining to construction and manufacturing. Today, our industrial parks and ever-developing residential and commercial construction projects are testaments to our ongoing reliance on manual labor. Retail, medical and auto mechanic service centers also involve plenty of hands-on work.
Despite employers’ efforts to maintain safe workplaces, accidents do happen – and some jobs are conducive to repetitive stress injuries. Workers in a variety of occupations in our region regularly report arm, shoulder, back and neck injuries. When an employee is injured on the job, several areas of concern become important at once, including:
- The worker’s need for medical care
- The worker’s inability to continue working as usual, whether temporarily or permanently
- The employer’s interest in determining how the accident or occupational disease occurred so as to prevent further injuries
- The employee’s need for financial support during recovery
The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act spells out procedures for employees and employers to follow to address the injury as well as workplace safety concerns. Many workers find it beneficial to receive guidance from a workers’ compensation attorney to protect their rights to pursue all available benefits and compensation. At Stine & Associates, P.C., we are proud to support our workforce through contingency-based legal counsel. Initial consultations are free, and attorney fees are not due until back benefits are paid out.
Past Arm And Shoulder Injury Cases; What To Do About Yours
Arm and shoulder injuries happen on the job in a variety of work activities involving:
- Lifting, pushing and pulling
- Manipulation of tools and machines
- Falls and twists
Broken bones, bad sprains, tenonitis, amputations and rotator cuff injuries are examples of injuries that our clients have suffered in work settings. Even office workers with sedentary jobs are sometimes prone to shoulder strains, carpal tunnel syndrome and other ailments.
If your fingers, hand, arm, elbow or shoulder has been hurt in a sudden accident or through repetitive motion or stress at work, you can protect your rights and health by:
- Reporting your injury to your supervisor, office nurse or human resources department as soon as it happens or is diagnosed
- Filing a workers’ compensation claim
- Appealing if your initial claim is denied or undervalued
- Getting legal advice about your employment rights while you are healing
You may need surgery, physical therapy, medication or just rest. Doctors may order X-rays, an MRI or nerve function tests. Your medical care providers may order you to stop doing the activities that led to your injury.
Workers’ compensation benefits may help you immensely, and you should insist on receiving the medical care and wage replacement benefits you are eligible for. Depending on how your accident happened, you may also be able to file a third-party liability claim against a negligent manufacturer, subcontractor, or another person or organization.