Posted On: March 16, 2009 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Pennsylvania Workers Compensation for Nuclear Employees

Former nuclear workers at a western Pennsylvania plant who are sick could receive compensation under a government program.

According to this article from the Fort Mill Times website, the Department of Labor announced that Atomic Weapons Employer employees who worked at Vitro Manufacturing in Canonsburg, Pa., during a set period in the 1940s and '50s are eligible.

Former workers diagnosed with one of 22 specific cancers are presumed to have received it from working at the plant and will receive compensation. Under the program, a worker’s family would also be eligible.

By law, it is required that every company in Pennsylvania carry Worker’s Compensation Insurance in the case an employee is injured on the job, becomes ill due to circumstances surrounding their job or even if death results from their job. Benefits can include medical expenses, lost wages and death benefits. Workers’ compensation exists both as a way to benefit injured workers and as a way to protect employers. Workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania is a no-fault insurance system, which means that no guilt needs to be proved in a case; only that the injury sustained occurred while on the job.

Any worker who has sustained an injury arising out of, and in the course of their employment has a potential workers’ compensation claim. The injury can occur while traveling on business, doing a work-related errand, attending a required business-related social function, or even while on a break or using restroom facilities, and you are still legally covered by workers compensation.

Some types of workers’ compensation injuries result from exposure to environmental toxins in Pennsylvania that include hazards such as industrial waste, nuclear facilities, asbestos concentration, military dumps, and building sites. There are many other areas that may have high concentrations of hazardous materials, which is why every worker should be sufficiently protected.

The dedicated and experienced Philadelphia work injury lawyers of Cherry, Fieger, & Marciano can help you. They will do everything possible to get the monetary compensation that is owed to you to help pay for medical bills, physical therapy, loss of work and more.