It may be in your best interest to attend mediation with your employer (and your self-obtained counsel) to come to a resolution. You or your employer can file a petition with the Office of Adjudication to begin the mediation process. Though you are not required to obtain counsel for representation in worker’s compensation proceeding, we [...]
Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation program is a great benefit to workers and employers. It streamlines the process of getting you the medical treatment and money you deserve, and saves your employer from costly litigation; however, it is not always smooth-sailing. The law is complex, and your employer and the insurance carrier will be represented by experienced [...]
There are a number of reasons why your benefits may be reduced or stopped. For example, if -- after you begin to receive benefits -- your employer has evidence to prove that employment is available to you, within your medical restrictions and in your local area, you may receive an offer of employment. If you [...]
There are certain, periodic reporting requirements if you are seeking or are receiving benefits. You must be truthful: workers’ compensation insurance fraud is a crime. In addition, failure to complete the required forms may result in the suspension of your benefits.
Depending on the specific circumstances of the work-related injury, there are a variety of types of workers’ compensation benefits. Medical Care Of course, the most important and immediate need is for you to have medical care. Your employer is responsible for advising you in writing of your rights under the workers’ compensation law. This notice [...]
As soon as you’re injured or discover a work-related illness, you must contact your supervisor immediately and provide him/her with full details of the incident, including the date and place of the injury. Make sure you provide your employer with a descriptive illustration as to what occurred in addition to requesting any witnesses (example - [...]
Generally, Pennsylvania employers must provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage for their employees, including part-time and seasonal workers. There are a few exceptions: for example, some volunteers, agricultural laborers, casual employees, and domestics are not covered. Further, certain categories of workers receive benefits under separate compensation benefit laws. These include federal civilian employees, railroad workers, longshoremen, [...]