It is always important that employers are doing their part to make the
workplace as safe and free from injury-causing risks as possible. However,
there is no way to ensure that an employee will never suffer from an
And just because employers take the necessary precautions does not mean
they can wipe their hands clean of any responsibility or commitments when
an employee is injured at work. In most cases, under Pennsylvania law,
they will still owe that employee some assistance under workers' compensation laws.
A construction worker was recently injured while repairing a roof at a
Pennsylvania Wendy's restaurant. The man was doing some patching work
on the rooftop when he broke his ankle. Emergency responders arrived at
the scene of the accident to assist the man and remove him from the rooftop.
A worker who is injured on the job may be entitled to workers compensation
benefits for his injury. There are many different types of compensation
that can be recovered by an injured employee. Some of these may include
medical benefits to help pay for any medical or therapy bills that arise
as a result of the accident, lost wages for the time that the employee
spends away from work recovering and temporary or permanent disability benefits.
In the very unfortunate instance that an individual suffers a fatal on-the-job
injury, then that person's family members may be able to recover from
the employer under a wrongful death cause of action. The benefits that
may be recovered in this case are similar to workers' compensation
and may include lost wages, medical benefits and pain and suffering. An
experienced workers' compensation attorney can help family members
through this legal process.
Source: Norristown Patch, "Rescue at West Norriton Wendy's," Melissa
Treacy, Oct. 8, 2012