What injuries and illnesses are covered?
The majority of all injuries and illnesses caused by a work-related accident or a condition are covered under Pennsylvania workers' compensation. You may request workers' compensation payments even if you are at fault for your work injury.
The only injuries that may occur in the workplace and are not covered under workers' compensation are:
Injuries that are intentionally self-inflicted, including suicide
Injuries caused by your own intoxication or illegal drug use
Injuries that result when a co-worker attacks you for personal reasons
Injuries that result when a person unrelated to your employer or your workplace attacks you for some reason not related to your job.
Injuries caused by breaking the law.
Furthermore, accidents that occur while traveling to or from work or during breaks generally do not qualify for Pennsylvania workers' compensation.
Can I sue my employer or co-worker for causing my injury or illness?
No, you can't sue your employer or co-worker for causing your injury or illness. You can only file for workers' compensation to pay for your lost wages and medical bills. You are not paid for pain and suffering from your work injury.
There are two exceptions:
If your injury or illness was caused by a defective product, you may have a personal injury case against the manufacturer of the product.
If a co-worker assaults you based on a personal matter; you may be able to file a civil or criminal lawsuit against your co-worker.
Are all workers covered?
Most Pennsylvania full-time and part-time workers are covered by the Workers' Compensation Act. Even if an employer only has one employee, that employee is covered. Generally, those who are not covered are self-employed.
Coverage begins from the first day of employment.
Who is responsible for providing workers' compensation benefits?
Your employer is required by law to provide workers' compensation coverage to their employees. Those who are self-employed may be rare exceptions to this law. In the same way that it's required by law to have car insurance but plenty of drivers are still uninsured, employers are required to have workers' compensation coverage but some neglect to carry it.
Are repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel covered?
Yes. If you can prove that your injury is work-related, you could request workers' compensation payments. Jobs that require repetitive motions to perform them can cause carpal tunnel syndrome and other disorders.
When Should You Contact Us?
You may be wondering when you should contact our law firm regarding your workers' compensation case. It's best to get legal help as soon as possible and we make it easy – our phones answer 24/7 and you'll receive a free legal consultation.
Contact us if you're wondering:
Do I have a case?
Do I need a lawyer?
How much does it cost?