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How Long Can I Stay on Workers’ Compensation in Pennsylvania?

Receiving workers’ compensation benefits is essential to your daily life when you suffer an injury while performing work-related duties. However, it can be confusing, leaving you with many questions, such as wondering how long you can stay on workers’ compensation. Pennsylvania has the Workers’ Compensation Act detailing what benefits an injured worker receives and how long.  When you are injured while performing work-related duties, you can receive medical benefits and wage loss benefits. A doctor will evaluate your injury or[…] Read More

Can I Be Fired for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

If you have filed a claim for workers’ compensation and then fired, you should know that this kind of retaliation is illegal. Contact a lawyer who can explain your rights under the law and help you defend them. In Pennsylvania, firing someone purely because they were injured or filed a claim is prohibited. Additionally, employers may not discriminate or retaliate against workers who file for workers’ compensation benefits by demoting, reassigning, denying a promotion, reducing benefits, or otherwise penalizing them.[…] Read More

Traumatic Brain Injuries and Workers’ Compensation: What to Know?

Accidents can occur at any time in the bustling world of labor and industry. When these accidents result in traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), the consequences can be devastating, affecting not only one’s health but also their ability to work. Fortunately, a system exists to support those injured on the job – workers’ compensation. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) refer to sudden physical damage to the brain caused by an external force. This could be a violent blow, jolt, or skull penetration.[…] Read More

No Witnesses to My Work Injury – Will This Impact My Claim?

Suffering a work-related injury can be confusing, leaving you with many questions with few answers. Most questions revolve around whether or not your workers’ compensation claim can be approved. To do so, you may have different sources of evidence to substantiate your claim, including the eyewitness account. However, is your claim likely to be denied if you do not have any eyewitness accounts for your injury? Fortunately, Pennsylvania follows a no-fault workers’ compensation program. A no-fault program means an employee[…] Read More

Conflicting Medical Opinions of My Work Injury – What Will Happen to My Claim?

A work injury can be frustrating and difficult for you and your family. When you are injured at work, the severity of the injury and the timeframe when you can return to work may come into question, likely by your employer. When this happens, your employer may request that you get a second opinion from another doctor. However, if that second opinion conflicts with the original opinion, your workers’ compensation claim may be in jeopardy. When you get a second[…] Read More

Can Seasonal Employees Collect Workers’ Compensation?

Seasonal employees are vital to the operations of many businesses, but they are afforded different benefits than a full-time workers. Even though seasonal employees work fewer hours, they are not entirely immune to injury. Seasonal employees may be more susceptible to injury because they need more experience and training. So, it is fair to wonder if a seasonal employee is covered under workers’ compensation benefits like full-time employees. In Pennsylvania, almost all employees are covered under workers’ compensation benefits, including part-time,[…] Read More

Can I Sue My Employer for Not Providing Safety Training?

Some occupations are more dangerous than others and require safety training. Although employers owe a duty of care to their workers, it is not unusual for them to provide inadequate programs. No matter the employee’s responsibilities, proper training is essential. It should be an ongoing process, with instructional meetings, monitoring, and continuing education. Some of the most critical areas that should be covered include: Adequate supervision Details about risk information Educating the employee about the job’s demands Information about safety[…] Read More

What Should I Do if My Workers’ Compensation Claim Is Denied?

Receiving a workers’ compensation denial notice can be confusing and even alarming. However, this does not always mean that it cannot be appealed. Most Pennsylvania employers must carry worker’s compensation insurance, but there are exceptions, like when employees are independent contractors and certain agricultural workers. It is a no-fault system, so negligence does not need to be shown to be compensated if you qualify for coverage. Specific guidelines must also be followed. The injury must be work-related. Once an accident[…] Read More

Will a Lawyer Be Able to Help Me With Workers’ Compensation Paperwork?

Getting injured at work can be a confusing time. You must recover from the injury and might also wonder what steps you need to take to claim your workers’ compensation benefits. You may even consider hiring a lawyer if you have questions or you are running into issues with your claim, such as a denial. Every state has a workers’ compensation benefits program designed to protect workers in case they are injured. These benefits include partial income for the injured[…] Read More

How Much Time Will I Get to Recover From a Repetitive Stress Injury With Workers’ Compensation?

Repetitive stress injuries (RSI) are among the most common workplace injuries. These occur from repeating the same motion repeatedly, whether typing on a keyboard, scanning items at a cash register, or performing another similar action every day for hours. Every RSI is different. As with any workplace injury, you more than likely will be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits while you recover. However, your workers’ compensation claim may be challenging to prove because RSIs heal differently. Fortunately, there are[…] Read More