Compensation for Your Work Accident Case
Workers’ Compensation Claims in Pennsylvania
Are you eligible?
In general, the majority of workers who are injured at work in Pennsylvania will be eligible to make workers’ compensation claims (i.e., workmens’ compensation claims). However, in some cases, eligibility can become an issue, such as when an injured worker waits too long to report the accident/injury to the employer. In addition, there are other eligibility requirements. Therefore, eligibility may be an important legal issue which should be discussed with an experienced work accident compensation lawyer.
What compensation can you receive?
Workers who are injured at work can often obtain compensation for medical bills and lost wages by filing a workers’ compensation claim in Pennsylvania. These claims are filed with the employer and are regulated by law.
Workers who make workers’ compensation claims are eligible to obtain reasonably necessary medical treatment, and in the event the injuries cause disability, wage loss benefits. Wage loss amounts are determined by the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. In general, injured workers will be able to recover a percentage of their average weekly wage. In the event of an amputation injury or other major injury such as disfigurement, injured workers are entitled to special benefits known as specific loss benefits.
Firm Results: $13 million in the collapse of the Philadelphia Kimmel Center during its construction.
Negligence Lawsuits in Work Accident Cases
Time and time again, many injured workers assume that their only recourse is workers’ compensation. This is simply not true. Workers who are injured at work may have perfectly valid claims against other, non-employer parties. This is not limited to the accidents at construction/work sites. In fact, valid negligence claims in work accidents often involve the following industries:
- trade (retail and wholesale),
- agricultural, and
Who is liable?
With some limited exceptions, Pennsylvania workers cannot sue their employers for an accident which occurs at work. This is the principle behind workers’ compensation in PA. However, employees may bring a lawsuit against an employer who fails to provide workers’ compensation coverage.
However, other parties may be liable for negligence which contributed to a work accident, such as:
- outside companies (contractors/subcontractors),
- product manufacturing companies,
- property owners, and
- property maintenance companies.
Can you receive financial compensation?
It depends on whether the case is successful. A negligence action in a work accident case will probably be successful when there is sufficient evidence that the defendant committed negligence which caused the accident. In fact, most work accident lawsuits boil down to whether the plaintiff can prove that the defendant was responsible for the accident.
Proving negligence requires expert analysis of the facts and a deep understanding of OSHA regulations because the vast majority of work accidents occur due to violations of OSHA requirements.
What kind of financial compensation can you receive?
Under Pennsylvania work accident law, workers can receive fair financial compensation for the following:
- past and future pain and suffering,
- past and future medical expenses, and
- past and future lost wages.
PA Work Accident Law Firm
Our lawyers have represented workers throughout the PA and NJ area and recovered millions. For a free case review, please call 800.220.7600.
- $13 million – A workplace accident resulting in an above the knee amputation of the plaintiff’s right leg
- $2 million – An inadvertent release of dangerous chemicals at a local oil company, causing on the job burn and inhalation injuries to three union carpenters
DISCLAIMER: Since each case is unique, discussion of prior outcomes and settlements in past cases is no guarantee of a similar outcome in current or future cases. This website does not create any attorney-client relationship or provide legal advice. It is crucial to speak to a qualified lawyer prior to making any decision about your case.