In any work related accident in Pennsylvania, whether an electric shock accident or a construction scaffold accident, there are two separate time limitations issues which come into play. First, for any work accident in Pennsylvania, there is the workers’ compensation statute of limitations. Second, there is the tort/negligence claim statute of limitations.
Workers are often surprised to learn that in addition to a workers’ comp case, there may be an additional case against non-employer parties. In an electric shock accident, utility companies and other subcontractors may be held liable for negligence in contributing to the accident. For example, a utility company may be held liable for faulty wiring leading to an electric shock accident or a subcontractor may be held liable for exposing others to a live wire. Each case should be carefully evaluated by a Pennsylvania electric accident lawyer to eliminate the viability of these additional claims.
The Statute of Limitations in a Work Related Electric Shock Accident in Pennsylvania: Workers’ Compensation Claims
In general, there are two time limitations which come into play when making a workers’ compensation claim in Pennsylvania: there is an initial reporting requirement in addition to a statute of limitations.
Initial Reporting Requirement: Workers injured on the job in Pennsylvania should report the accident and injuries to the employer within at least 21 days after the accident occurs in order to receive maximum benefits. In addition, there is a 120 day deadline within which an injured worker must report the accident to the employer and failure to do so could bar the claim altogether.
3 Year Statute of Limitations: In general, under Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law, workers have 3 years from the date of the accident within which to file their claim for benefits against an employer. The 3 year statute of limitations applies to the worker’s right to file a claim for workers’ comp benefits against the employer.
The Statute of Limitations in a Work Related Electric Shock Accident in Pennsylvania: Negligence Claims
Under Pennsylvania law, those whose negligence contributes to an accident can be held liable in a civil court case. However, claims must be brought within Pennsylvania’s two year statute of limitations. The clock begins ticking on the day of the accident.
No two work accidents are the same and so, it is important to have a case evaluated by an experienced work accident lawyer, especially one with experience handling the specific kind of accident you were injured in, like an electric shock accident.
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- PA NJ Electrical Accident Legal Article: What to Expect in an Electrical Accident Lawsuit
Legal Help After a Work Related Electric Accident – Contact Our PA & NJ Work Accident Lawyers
Electric shock accidents often result in significant injuries. If the worker survives the electric shock, extensive medical treatment including reconstructive surgery and physical therapy is often required. Our work accident lawyers have experience and success in handling electric shock accidents and offer a FREE consultation.
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