Environmentalists warn that as summers become hotter, the chance of being bitten by a tick will only increase. This is bad news for anyone working outside or enjoying recreational outdoor activities, but it could also have an unforeseen impact on Pennsylvania employers.
Outdoor Employees Protected Under Workers’ Compensation Law
Contrary to popular belief, employers are legally liable for any illnesses that result from bug bites sustained on the job. Ticks are the most common pests capable of causing serious medical conditions for employees working outdoors. They can carry Lyme Disease, as well as the recently-discovered Powassan (POW) virus. Without immediate and adequate treatment, symptoms of Lyme Disease can include arthritis, memory loss, restless sleep and fatigue. The POW virus is even more insidious, and has been known to attack the brain, causing neurological problems and even death in some cases.
Proving Your Workplace Injury
If you are the target of a tick and become sick as a result, it will be our burden to prove several things in order to have your workers’ compensation claim accepted. We must demonstrate:
Your condition is a direct result of a tick or other insect bite
The bite or injury was sustained during the course of performing your work duties
We must prove beyond reasonable doubt that your injury would not have occurred if you were not in that specific location and exposed for work purposes.
Getting the Help You Need & Deserve
If you have been bitten by an insect on the job, become ill as a result, and have had your workers’ compensation benefits denied, The Law Offices of Hall and Copetas are here to help. We have many years of experience helping Pittsburgh employees get the workers’ compensation benefits they deserve and are eager to do the same for you. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced and effective employment lawyer.