Lehigh Valley Workers Compensation Attorney - Workplace Injuries

Some occupations are riskier than others. Injuries on the job are common in lines of work such as:

  • Firefighting
  • Logging
  • Gas and oil production
  • Construction
  • Electrical work
  • Maintenance work
  • Health care

However, occupations that may seem safe — such as office work — also carry risks. Sick building syndrome can be a real problem for office workers who develop occupational diseases such as respiratory ailments or skin ailments. Whatever your occupation, if you were injured on the job, you should know your rights about how to collect compensation.

Workplace injuries fall into two broad categories:

  • One-time events such as falls or burns
  • Occupational diseases such as diseases of the heart and lungs that develop over time

Naturally, if you require emergency medical care after a sudden traumatic event at the workplace, you will no doubt inform your employer. However, workers sometimes neglect. this important step. If you develop an occupational disease, you should report it to your employer as soon as you are aware of the diagnosis and the likelihood that it was caused by factors in the workplace.

One of the most serious mistakes that workers sometimes make after an injury is failing to report the work injury as soon as possible. This may seem perfectly logical, but when you are the one injured, you may not want to complain or call attention to yourself. You may want to “tough it out” and prove your value to your company. You may worry about losing your job.

Protect your right to collect workers’ compensation benefits if you have been injured on the job by fulfilling your part of the bargain. This means reporting your injury as soon as possible. We recommend that you do so in writing if you are able. If you put it off too long, your employer or the workers’ compensation carrier may doubt that the injury was work-related.

After An On-The-Job Injury, Attorneys At Our Pennsylvania Law Firm Can Advise You And Advocate For You

A workplace injury can be frightening as well as painful and financially distressing. Our law firm has valuable information to share with injured workers. Ask for our book entitled What Every Pennsylvania Worker Needs To Know About Workers’ Compensation. Contact MHK Attorneys for a free initial consultation with a lawyer. Email us or call 570-839-8050.