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Hurt at Work? Not Every Injury Qualifies for Workers’ Compensation

Many people are under the assumption that any injury they receive while on the job is covered under workers’ compensation. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. It is possible to get hurt while working in Carlisle, only to find out that your particular injury or situation prevents you from collecting the workers’ compensation you were depending on. Here, a work injury attorney discusses occurrences in which you may not be eligible for the assistance.

Injured While Volunteering

You spend some time on the weekends volunteering at the local animal shelter. As you were attempting to pick up a 50 lb. bag of dog food, you strained a muscle in your back. You had to go to the doctor immediately, and now find it painful to bend over—or even walk. Unfortunately, you likely won’t receive workers’ compensation, since under Pennsylvania law, you must be paid in some way for your work to be covered. However, some volunteers, such as firefighters, ambulance drivers, and special school police, may be eligible to receive compensation.

Injured While on Your Lunch Break

You’re sitting in the break room enjoying your lunch, when you get up to retrieve something out of the fridge. On your way there, you trip over a box and hurt your knee. Unfortunately, you likely won’t receive workers’ compensation, as the general rule is: any personal time taken during the work day—including lunch breaks—is typically not covered.

The attorneys of Schmidt Kramer have many years of experience working with workers’ compensation cases. We are well-versed in Pennsylvania workers’ comp laws and can answer any question or concern regarding your situation.

We invite you to call us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.

Do you know someone who was injured on the job? If so, we encourage you to share this information with him or her.

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