Workplace safety is essential for Pennsylvania workers. This is especially
true in industrial work zones. When employees are injured in an industrial
workplace, they should be aware of their options for obtaining
Precisely these concerns are probably on the mind of a Pennsylvania man
who was recently injured in an industrial accident in Lancaster County.
The 29-year-old was injured in the parking lot of a business complex,
and his injury was caused by a boom lift that fell from the bed of a trailer
in the parking lot.
The man suffered serious injuries and was hospitalized for treatment. His
exact condition was not disclosed in a news report, though boom lifts
can be dangerous equipment causing major physical damage.
When a person suffers serious injuries at work, not only is returning to
work a problem; an injured employee's overall enjoyment is hindered
in a variety of ways. Injured workers often have increased difficulty
working, having fun and living with family following an injury.
In addition, when a workplace injury requires hospitalization or further
treatment, medical bills can pile up. However, under Pennsylvania workers'
compensation laws, an employee who is injured at work can submit a workers'
compensation claim to receive benefits after being hurt. These benefits
should cover medical bills as well as lost wages for time spent off the
job while recovering.
However, the process of filing a workers' compensation claim and achieving
optimal results is not always as simple as it may sound. Sometimes employers
will try to deny workers' compensation claims or even modify or terminate
existing benefits after a period of time. Still, workers' compensation
law in Pennsylvania provides individuals with an opportunity to appeal
a denial of benefits, and all employees in our state who have been injured
at work should be aware of their options under the law.
Source: Fox 43, "Lancaster County Man Injured in Industrial Accident," Howard L. Sheppard, May 7, 2012