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Hurt Pennsylvania workers receive stronger painkillers per claim


When a worker suffers from an accident in the workplace, the law requires the employer to provide compensation to the worker for the pain and suffering endured, as well as the lost wages and medical expenses incurred. Yet workers' compensation benefits may not always be easily forthcoming. In order to receive workers' compensation, the worker must go through certain procedures, often taking quite some time. Meanwhile, the injured worker is left with no option but to incur the expenses and hope to get reimbursed once the workers' compensation insurance money arrives.

If a worker is faced with such a problem, he or she may have no other option than to spend as little as possible. It is often unlikely for the worker to have savings large enough to take care of the costs of expensive medicines that he or she might have been prescribed. A recent report from Pennsylvania highlights this concern. According to this report, workers injured in this state get about 38 to 42 percent stronger doses of painkillers per claim on average compared to other states.

While the doctors seem to be more readily prescribing stronger painkillers, it may also be that injured workers are seeking them so their pain can be dulled. However, such strong doses of painkillers may also lead to substance abuse problems. And Pennsylvania has, in fact, reported a recent rise in the number of heroin-related deaths.

The problem of injured workers not getting sufficient amount of compensation in an expedited manner may have grave repercussions. In order to safeguard their interests, workers may seek competent legal advice to ensure they get compensated quickly for any injury suffered by them during working hours.

Source: WESA.fm, "Pennsylvania Ranks High In Painkiller Prescriptions,"Michael Lynch, June 2, 2014

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