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Stress, sleep loss and the risk of a workplace accident

Accidents in the workplace take place for countless reasons, such as inexperienced co-workers, inclement weather and various hazards that appear on a daily basis. However, stress and sleep loss contributes to many of the work-related accidents that occur, and it is imperative for workers to be aware of the dangers they may face while they are tired or overly stressed out. Not only do workers in this state of mind potentially threaten their own safety, but they may cause an accident the leaves other people injured as well.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

If you use your hands to do any kind of repetitive work at your Pennsylvania job, you stand a good chance of developing carpal tunnel syndrome at some point in the future. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons explains that while the pain of CTS generally begins in your wrists, it almost always progresses downward to your hands and upward to your arms. Eventually it may affect your shoulders, neck and back as well.

Who can you sue for an injury at work?

Workplace injuries can happen to anyone, which is why Pennsylvania law allows you to file for workers’ compensation benefits. With few exceptions, every employer must cover their employees for injuries that happen on the job. These benefits cover your medical bills and some of your lost wages, including temporary or permanent disability payments.

Qualifying for Social Security disability due to depression

When you are struggling with psychological issues such as depression, many in Scranton may simply say that your problems are all "in your head." Yet rather than implying that your problem may be something biological, the term instead suggests that your issue is one that can (and should) be overcome, and thus does not merit any additional assistance. Fortunately, if and when your depression interferes with your life, there is the possibility of securing disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. Many in your some position often come to us here at Steppacher Law concerned that the lack of sympathy others often show towards their struggles will be reflected by those determining their benefits eligibility. 

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