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Pennsylvania nuke plant worker still without workers' compensation

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor has sponsored various and frequent awareness programs encouraging employers to maintain safe workplace environments to ensure the safety of every employee. If a workplace accident occurs, the employers must pay workers' compensation to the injured worker in lieu of earned wages.

Recently, a Pennsylvania man initiated a workers' compensation case against a nuclear power plant owned by Exelon Corp., where he worked as a security guard. He claimed that after a co-worker relieved him, he sat down to eat in a company break room when a refrigerator fell on his head, causing injury and rendering him unconscious. He has stated his injuries are serious and that he was unconscious for an indefinite period of time. He also alleged that corporate management delayed taking him to the hospital for nearly three-and-a-half hours.

This employee's demand for workers' compensation due to the injury was denied by the corporation, which later resulted in the lawsuit. The worker claimed that the injuries sustained to his head, arms and back need constant medical care and rehabilitation and that the medical expenses related to this care were exorbitant. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor launched an investigation of the company's safety history and has not found any problems.

Most legal pundits observing the case stated that the case may take as long as a year to be decided. In the mean time, lawyers for the employee and the corporation may engage the help of medical experts to investigate the matter further. Pennsylvania has seen a decline in the number of workers' compensation cases in the last few years. However, workers' compensation cases still can become long, drawn legal battles between two parties with a disparity in economic resources in most cases.

Source: The Patriot-News, "Nuclear plant worker knocked out by falling refrigerator awaits workers' comp decision," Wesley Robinson, March 2, 2015

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