Scranton NEPA Workers Compensation- Work Injury Lawyers

Date: June 3, 2012
Posted In: DLP Law

      John was employed as a foreman on a construction project. He had been suffering from diabetes for a number of years. For the most part, he kept good control of his blood sugar levels but there were times when he did not. One hot, muggy summer day, John and hid crew were working on a highway project. The temperatures were in the high 90’s and John was sweating profusely. He began to feel weak and then apparently he passed out. The next thing that John remembered was waking up in a hospital bed with a bad cut on his head and a broken right arm. As it turned out, John’s blood sugar level had dropped too low thus causing him to pass out. John had skipped lunch that day because he was so busy with work.

Question:          Does John have a Workers’ Compensation claim?

ANSWER:     Yes. Even though the reason that John fell had nothing to do with the work he did, the injuries that John incurred once he hit the ground would be considered work related. Thus any disability that John incurs because of his injury to his head and broken arm would be compensable. The treatment that John receives in the hospital for his physical injuries would be the responsibility of the Workers’ Compensation insurance carrier for his employer. The treatment John receives for his diabetes though, would not be.

If you’ve suffered a work injury and have questions about your claim, contact me at or call (570) 347-1011 for a free consultation.



Disclaimer: The above article is for instructive purposes only and each case is fact sensitive.  Consultation with an attorney should be obtained instead of reliance upon the legal issues discussed in this column. 


Tom Cummings
Thomas P. Cummings has been a Partner with Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP since 1996 and has been with the firm since 1991. He focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability and personal injury cases.