Workers who are injured on the job in Pennsylvania have access to one of the nation’s fairest workers’ compensation systems. The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act requires most employers to carry insurance to cover the costs of benefits under the program, which include compensation for lost wages and necessary and reasonable medical expenses. Injuries suffered in accidents outside the workplace, such as automobile accidents, may still qualify for benefits under the program if they were work-related.
If you have suffered injuries in a workplace accident or have developed an illness or medical condition due to your working environment, you may be eligible to receive compensation under the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation program. However, consulting an attorney with experience in this area may be advisable due to the sometimes complex nature of the claims process and the number of potential benefits available.
While the workers’ compensation program is not designed to consider who was responsible for causing a workplace accident, the claims process may sometimes be adversarial. Employers may contest a workers’ compensation claim due to concerns about liability or fears that their insurance premiums will increase. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney could advocate on your behalf if your employer claims that you are exaggerating the severity of your injuries or maintains that you were not injured while on the job.
The goal of the workers’ compensation system is to prevent workers from suffering financially when they are injured on the job. However, the cost of benefits paid under the program are borne by employers and insurance companies, and injured workers may wish to consider having legal representation when dealing with these corporate entities. If you feel that you may be able to make a claim under the program and would like more information about the process, please visit our page dealing with workers’ compensation.
Source: Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo , “Pennsylvania Workplace Injury Attorneys“, November 24, 2014