If you are currently suffering from a workplace injury and need diagnosis and treatment for both your health and for your medical records, reach out to the office of Richard H. Kaplan, M.D., P.C., today. We provide pain management and treatment for workers throughout the greater Philadelphia area.
When you sustain a job injury or a work-related illness, the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act provides for your medical expenses, and in the event you are unable to work, wage-loss compensation benefits until you are able to return to work.
Nearly every Pennsylvania worker is covered by the Compensation Act. Employers must provide workers’ compensation (WC) coverage for all of their employees, including seasonal and part-time workers. Nonprofit corporations, unincorporated businesses and even employers with only one employee must comply with the Act’s requirements.
Prompt reporting of your accident is the key. Report any injury or work-related illness to your employer or supervisor immediately. You must tell your employer that you were injured in the course of employment, and inform your employer of the date and place of injury.
Our offices treat workers in the region for a variety of injuries:
Slip, Trips, and Falls: In 2018, retail stores recorded over 29,000 slip and fall injuries. These injuries may cause broken bones, muscle strains, or other serious injuries.
Falling Objects: Aside from the employee falling from a height, objects falling on them can also cause grave harm. But these incidents also happen in kitchens, retail, or in shops where items placed on high shelves or cupboards are being taken without the proper equipment such as a ladder.
Muscle Strains: Employees who regularly do heavy lifting at work or handle repetitive physical activities are likely to experience strained muscles.
Transportation: Transportation accidents are not limited to land vehicles…they can also be attributed to aircraft, railways, bicycles, and watercraft. Worker compensation can be delicate, as the incident must show the employee to be within the scope of their work and not doing personal errands. Injuries can also happen in warehouses or docks where employees are in an accident involving forklifts or other machines.
Exposure to Loud Noises: Deafness due to work is still a problem in the workplace today. Especially after prolonged exposure to deafening noise, an employee can suffer from permanent hearing damage.
Exposure to Harmful Substances: When working at jobs that require the handling of harmful chemicals, employees are at risk of inhaling those compounds, along with skin or eye irritation when they come in contact with it.
Cuts and Lacerations: Various things can cause a cut or a laceration wound. People working in the kitchen or construction sites are often at risk of being cut by the tools they are using.