Landscapers, gardeners and groundskeepers workers face many dangers including adverse weather conditions, equipment, machinery, and physical work that can result in accidents and injuries. In many situations, there are third parties that are liable for these accidents. To obtain a fair share of workers compensation benefits it is often vital to obtain the assistance of a skilled Pennsylvania work injury attorney handling Pennsylvania landscape workers compensation claims.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 200 landscape service workers die each year due to accidents that occur while on the job. The Bureau of Labor Statistics further reports that about 60 percent of deaths involving landscape workers are due to workers being struck by falling objects. Other statistics reveal that approximately 20 percent of deaths among workers involve toxic substances.
There are a number of risks faced by landscape workers, which include the following dangers:
- Adverse weather conditions including severe heat
- Electrocution from a cut or broken power line
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Falls from ladders or trees
- Flying or falling objects
- Illness due to exposure to pesticides
- Jackknifes and other transportation-related accidents
- Overexertion or excess stress placed on a worker’s body
- Tractor or mower rollovers
- Workers who are struck buy or caught in machinery
- Foot, Hand or Finger amputations
- Wood-chipper injuries
- Lawnmower accidents
- Chainsaw accidents
- Excavation accidents
- Injuries from shoveling snow and ice
Workmans’ Compensation Benefits Available to Gardeners and Landscaping Workers Injured on the Job
Our Pittsburgh, PA workers’ compensation attorneys are able to secure the following benefits for injured workers and their families when workers sustain injuries for accidents that occur within the scope of the workers employment:
Temporary Partial Disability: these benefits are provided if the work injury has reduced the workers earning capacity by limiting to type of work or amount of work the injured employee can perform. Partial disability workers’ compensation benefits entitle injured workers to 60% of the wages they would have earned from their job if they did not get injured. These benefits are paid weekly for up to 260 weeks. The maximum compensation cannot exceed 75% of the workers temporary total disability pay rate.
Temporary Total Disability Benefits: these benefits are provided if the injury has left the employee physically incapable of working. Temporary Total Disability workers’ compensation benefits entitle the injured worker to 60% of the wages they would have earned from their job if they did not get injured. These benefits are paid weekly and can be paid for up to 156 weeks or 3 years;
Permanent & Total Disability Benefits: These benefits are provided if the injury has left the worker permanently unable to perform any type of work. Total Disability workers’ compensation benefits entitle injured workers 66.66% of their average weekly wage;
Scarring, Disfigurement and Loss of Use Benefits: These benefits are payable if the injury is permanent. Benefits for scarring are only available for scars on the hands, neck and face. This is a one time lump sum payment and the amount depends on the type of injury;
Death Benefits for Surviving Spouse: The injured workers husband or wife are entitled to 66.67% of the deceased workers average weekly wage for 250 weeks. They can also qualify for benefits beyond 250 weeks.
Countact Our Pennsylvania Workmans’ Comp Attorneys
If you or a loved one is injured in a landscaping accident, do not hesitate to contact a skilled Bethel Park, Pennsylvania work injury lawyer handling landscaper workers comp claims. The Erie, PA injury attorneys at Friday & Cox work accident lawyers with many years of legal experience. Our legal counsel has helped individuals who have been injured in a number of work site accidents including ladder fall accidents. Contact our State College work injury lawyers today for a free consultation.
Our Pittsburgh workers’ compensation lawyers serve injured workers in all of Western Pennsylvania. This includes Pittsburgh, Bethel Park, Erie, Altoona, State College, Beaver, Butler & Meadville.