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Pennsylvania Workers Compensation
Under Pennsylvania law, most employees in the state are automatically covered by workers' compensation insurance beginning on their first day at work. Workers' comp is a form of no-fault insurance that helps hurt workers get benefits and compensation for their injuries without having to sue their employers. For help understanding your legal rights or filing a claim, talk to a local workers' compensation attorney.
Frequently Asked Questions About Workers' Compensation Insurance
How do I know if I'm covered by workers' compensation insurance?
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, "Generally, workers' compensation insurance coverage is mandatory for all employers who have one or more employees, whether they're part-time or full-time, including family members. Coverage ensures medical and wage-loss benefits to employees who are injured during the course of their job. Employers who so provide coverage are protected against lawsuits filed by injured workers."
Talk to your employer to find out if your job is covered by workers' comp insurance.
What types of injuries does workers' compensation cover?
Injuries typically covered by workers' comp include:
- Traumatic physical injuries
- Repeated trauma injuries
- Mental injuries
- Occupational disease
How do I file a workers' compensation claim?
If you're injured while at work or develop a job-related occupational illness, notify your employer as soon as possible. If you suffered an on-the-job injury, be sure to tell your employer when and where the injury occurred. Your employer will notify the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers' Compensation, which will begin the claims process.
What benefits will I receive if I'm injured on the job or diagnosed with an occupational illness?
You may be entitled to workers' comp benefits that include:
- Medical care
- Lost wages
- Money to compensate you for disfigurement or permanent loss of the use of a body part
In addition, family members may be entitled to death benefits if a worker has been killed on the job or has died of an occupational disease.
Can I sue my employer for additional compensation?
If you receive workers' compensation following an injury, you cannot sue your employer for additional compensation in connection with your injury. You may, however, be able to file a lawsuit against others involved in your injury.
Additionally, if you do not receive all of the benefits or compensation you think you deserve, your workers' compensation lawyer can help you appeal for more benefits.
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