Almost all full-time and part-time workers in Pennsylvania are covered by the Workers’ Compensation Act. Individuals who are not covered by this act are generally individuals who are self-employed.
Injured workers in Pennsylvania receive workers’ compensation benefits to provide for reasonable medical expenses and wage loss benefits that are related to injuries sustained while on the job. In return, workers are not allowed to file a lawsuit against their employers, even if sustained injuries were a result of the employer’s negligence. Victims, however, may opt to sue other responsible parties apart from their employer. Death benefits for work-related fatalities are paid to the victim’s dependent survivors.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
The law provides for several forms of workers’ compensation benefits, including:
- Payment for lost wages
- Medical care
- Specific loss and amputation
- Lump sum settlement
- Death benefits
Workers’ Compensation Injuries and Illnesses
If your occupation causes an illness, injury or disease, then you may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation. However, no compensation will be paid to you if:
- The injury or death is deliberately self-inflicted
- The injury or death results from an attack from a co-worker for personal reasons
- The injury or death results from an attack from a third person for a reason not related to your job
- The injury or death results from intoxication, the illegal use of drugs, or breaking the law
In Pennsylvania, the Workers’ Compensation Act is often viewed as complex, lengthy, and very confusing. If you or a loved one is injured while on the job and are unsure as to how to proceed, then it will be in your best interests to obtain quality legal representation from a workers’ compensation lawyer.
We know that you are more than just a statistic or claim number. At our law firm, our committed and experienced workers’ compensation lawyers will work hard to protect your rights, and will help you obtain a fair and just settlement for your injuries.