The majority of employers in Pennsylvania are required to carry workers'
compensation insurance to cover compensation that is due in the event
that one of their employees is injured on the job. However, due to the
varying nature of different jobs, some employers may be likely to see
the benefits of this insurance more than others.
Working on a roadside construction project while cars speed past is inherently
dangerous, so it is important that employers in this profession have the
appropriate insurance. This is exemplified by a recent incident involving
a PennDOT worker who suffered injuries after a roadside
construction site accident.
The accident happened early in the morning when the sun was just rising.
The PennDOT crew was working on paving the road and had just started for
the day. The worker was standing on the road flagging traffic when a woman
pulled around a corner from a nearby street. Although she was driving
very slowly, only a few miles per hour, upon striking the man she still
knocked him to the side of the street.
Authorities believe the woman was blinded by the sunlight and that it was
truly an accident. They do not expect her to be charged. However, just
because the driver is not criminally charged does not mean the victim
is not entitled to workers' compensation benefits.
If an employee is injured in a job site accident, then they are usually
able to recover workers' compensation benefits. These benefits may
help to cover expenses that arise unexpectedly after the accident. These
expenses usually stem from the treatment of injuries resulting from the accident.
Filing a workers' compensation claim can be a complicated and confusing
process. The good news is there are experienced workers' compensation
attorneys in Pennsylvania that are looking to help injured individuals
work through this process. They can help to ensure the filing of claims
happens correctly and in as timely a manner as possible therefore expediting
the employee's ability to receive compensation.
Source: CBS Pittsburgh, "PennDOT Worker Injured After Being Hit By Car," May 1, 2013