The Law Office of Norman J. Barilla is very experienced in the handling of Workers Compensation Claims. We would like to stress however that the immediate consultation with an attorney is a very important step. There are many ways that employers try to get out of paying for these types of claims, and we would like to advise you before you may make a mistake.
Below are some frequently asked questions and the answers to them. At the bottom of the page please feel free to get in contact with our office, and we will be sure to confidentially contact you immediately.
What is workers’ compensation?
If you sustain a job injury or a work-related illness, the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act (Act) provides for your medical expenses and, in the event you are unable to work, wage-loss compensation benefits until you’re able to go back to work. Additionally, death benefits for work-related deaths are paid to your dependent survivors.
Benefits are paid by private insurance companies or the State Workers’ Insurance Fund (a state-run workers’ compensation insurance carrier) or by employers themselves if they are self-insured.
Am I covered?
Nearly every Pennsylvania worker is covered by the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. Employers must provide workers’ compensation coverage for all of their employees, including seasonal and part-time workers. Non-profit corporations, unincorporated businesses, and even employers with only one employee, must comply with the Act’s requirements.
Some Pennsylvania employees are covered by other compensation laws, including: Federal civilian employees, railroad workers, longshoremen, shipyard and harbor workers. Some others who may not be covered are volunteer workers, agricultural laborers, casual employees, domestics and employees who have been granted a personal religious exemption from the Act. Certain types of executive officers of for-profit and not-for-profit corporations may elect exemption from the Act. A worker should seek further information if there is any doubt as to coverage.
What is covered?
If your work causes an injury, illness or disease, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. No compensation shall be paid when an injury or death is intentionally self-inflicted, or is caused by an employee’s violation of the law including, but not limited to, the illegal use of drugs. An injury or death caused by intoxication also may not be covered.
When am I covered?
Coverage begins on the date of hire. Medical benefits are payable from the first day of injury; payment of lost wages are addressed in the question, When are wage-loss payments made?
If you have further questions about workers’ compensation issues, please feel free to contact us.