From construction sites to warehouses to commercial offices, workers in all types of settings are asked to lift and carry heavy objects as part of their job every day. These activities can lead to injuries even when employees follow proper safety protocols. Unfortunately, many employers do not have proper safety precautions in place, and this is leading to an alarming number of lifting-related injuries in the Philadelphia area and throughout Pennsylvania.
Fortunately, Pennsylvania’s “no-fault” workers’ compensation system makes benefits available to injured workers under both scenarios. Less fortunately, employers and their insurance companies often take steps to prevent employees from obtaining the benefits they are rightfully owed. At Solnick & Associates LLC, we help injured Pennsylvania workers fight back and win the benefits they deserve.
Trends in Work-Related Lifting Injuries
The U.S. Department of Labor calls back injuries the “nation’s #1 workplace safety problem.” Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that more than one million workers suffer job-related back injuries every year, and these injuries account for as much as 25 percent of all workers’ compensation claims. These injuries result from causes such as:
- Assigning lifting tasks that exceed an employee’s strength capabilities
- Inadequate training on proper lifting procedures to protect the lower back
- Lack of physical preparation to reduce the risk of injury
Lifting injuries can lead to severe pain, and may even lead to long-term disabilities. Workers with lifting injuries often require surgery and may result in missed days, weeks, or even months from work. If limitations or pain from your injuries prevent you from doing your job, you may not be able to return to work at all. If this is the case, our Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyers can help you seek workers’ compensation and file for permanent disability benefits.
Solnick & Associates LLC | Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Serving the Greater Philadelphia Area
If you have been injured on the job, we do not recommend that you try to obtain workers’ compensation benefits on your own. The Pennsylvania workers’ compensation system is complicated, and employers and insurance companies in the Philadelphia area know how to use it to their advantage to avoid paying benefits to injured workers.
At Solnick & Associates LLC, our lawyers are experienced in helping employees successfully claim maximum benefits through workers’ compensation. We can help you claim the benefits you deserve. To speak with a workers’ compensation attorney at our offices in Jenkintown, PA, call (877) 958-7010 or tell us about your injuries online today.