With temperatures well below zero across much of Pennsylvania, most people are staying inside to keep warm and beat the weather. However, for many workers in PA this isn’t possible when they have to work. There are plenty of jobs that require workers to be outside, or in warehouses and factories that aren’t heated. This can lead to cold injuries for many people.
A lot of workers assume that cold injuries, such as frostbite, trench foot, and chilblains are just a part of their job and they have to simply deal with them. This is not the case. If these injuries have happened to you and you’ve been hospitalized, missed any time at work, or even lost use of any parts of your body from cold injuries, you should speak to a workers’ compensation attorney, such as the attorneys at The Law Offices of Michael J. O’Connor & Associates.
In conditions such as these, where wind chill temperatures can be as low as negative forty degrees, frostbite can happen in a matter of minutes if skin is exposed or a person is not properly insulated against the cold.
Many insurance companies will view cold injury claims in workers’ compensation suspiciously. Because of this you need to have experienced, aggressive representation on your side. Check out our Workers’ Compensation Cold Injuries page at OConnorLaw.com for more information.