Employers in Pittsburgh are required to keep the workplace safe for their
employees. Some employers do this and some do not, but, no matter what,
job-related accidents will happen. When an employee suffers an injury on the job, it can create
an immense amount of anxiety. Injured employees may become worried about
how their medical bills will be paid and whether their lost wages will
be reimbursed. And even when employees file for their well-deserved workers'
compensation benefits, the process can be complicated.
A man working in Pennsylvania recently had to be rescued by emergency crews
after he became trapped atop a 25-foot crane. The man was repairing the
crane when, according to accident reports, his arm became trapped. Fire
fighters that responded to the accident had to use a ladder to bring the
injured worker down on a stretcher. The man had an injured arm and was
taken to the hospital. The severity of his injuries is currently unknown.
When an employee is injured at work, there are a few steps that are essential
and must be taken in a timely manner following the accident to ensure
that the maximum amount of workers compensation benefits is received.
Those steps include the following:
- Report the injury to the employer within 120 days;
- Seek medical treatment, if needed, as soon as possible;
- If the employer denies the injury, one should find one's own doctor
- Tell the doctor how the injury happened so it is included in medical records; and
- Get the pertinent information of all witnesses to the accident.
Those that are injured at work and are entitled to receive workers'
compensation benefits should not go without the benefits. These workers
need to ease the hardship of recovery that follows an injury.
Source: The Houston Chronicle, "Rescue crews save Pa. man trapped in crane,"
Nov. 15, 2012