Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law Library Archives

The following articles, frequently asked questions and blogposts are provided by our Pennsylvania workers’ compensation accident lawyers. They are for information only. Prior to making any decisions about your case, it is vital to contact an experienced, knowledgeable work accident lawyer.


Archived Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law Articles

  • Can I sue workers’ compensation for pain and suffering? (June 14, 2017) Can you sue workers compensation for pain and suffering? Workers’ compensation won’t pay for pain and suffering, but will pay for medical bills and disability from work. In some cases, lump sum payments may be made via workers’ comp for major injuries like the loss of a limb or eye.
  • Can I sue workers’ comp for pain and suffering in Pennsylvania? (June 20, 2016) Can I sue workers’ comp for pain and suffering? Our PA work injury lawyers discuss injured workers’ rights to pain and suffering compensation.
  • PA Workers’ Compensation Law Update (Nov. 2015) (November 17, 2015) In a recent case, the Pennsylvania Superior Court declined to apply the exclusivity provision of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. In this case, the workers’ compensation insurance company was sued for aggravating a non-work related injury–the plaintiff’s mental anguish due to sexual molestation suffered as a child.
  • Pennsylvania Work Accidents & Claims for Lost Pay/Wages (Part 2) (November 11, 2014) Workers who are seriously injured and unable to return to work often want to know whether they can receive benefits for lost wages or disability pay. While some employees have employer-paid disability insurance, many do not. Therefore, many seriously injured workers in PA are put in tough financial positions. Part 1 of this article discussed how ...
  • Pennsylvania Work Accidents & Claims for Lost Pay/Wages (Part 1) (November 11, 2014) Every day, workers across Pennsylvania are injured in work related accidents. The three most common types of work injury accidents are: fall accidents (slip, trip and falls or falls from heights), machinery/product accidents (forklift accident), and auto accidents. Most workers and employees who are injured in work related accidents do not suffer any serious or major injuries. For example, ...
  • Can You Sue Your Employer for a Work Accident in Pennsylvania? (Part 2) (October 10, 2014) Workers’ Compensation Law in Pennsylvania – The Exclusive Remedy As a general rule, after a work accident occurs in Pennsylvania, an injured worker is usually limited to receiving workers’ compensation benefits. This is mandated under Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law and is known as the exclusivity principle. However, this only applies against the employer. This rule does ...
  • Can You Sue Your Employer for a Work Accident in Pennsylvania? (Part 1) (October 10, 2014) By a Philadelphia work accident lawyer Workers who are injured in accidents while on the job often want to know whether they can sue their employers. In most work accident situations in Pennsylvania, an injured employee or worker will be unable to bring a lawsuit against the employer directly for a tort or negligence claim. However, ...
  • Work Related Auto Accidents & Financial Compensation in Pennsylvania (September 25, 2014) Work related auto accidents are one of the most common types of work accidents which result in financial compensation. Workers may be injured in various types of auto accidents, such as car accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents. When serious accidents occur, injured workers and their families often want to know whether they ...
  • Pennsylvania Work Accident Compensation – Are You Eligible for Financial Compensation? (September 9, 2014) Workers who are seriously injured in work related accidents in Pennsylvania are often confused about their legal rights to financial compensation. In general, injured workers in Pennsylvania have legal rights to file two types of cases or claims. First, injured workers may file workers’ compensation claims. Second, workers may file tort claims. While most injured workers ...
  • Pennsylvania Work Accident Law – Pre-Existing/Old Injuries (Part 2) (April 14, 2014) Can You Recover Financial Compensation For Your Work Accident? (Part 2) Many workers, especially those in the construction and industrial industries work through old injuries which often include bad backs, shoulders, or knees. In addition, certain jobs tend to result in specific injuries. For instance, HVAC workers tend to have shoulder injuries because they are often required ...
  • PA Work Accident Law, Pre-Existing Injury Case Hypothetical (April 14, 2014) Many injured workers are surprised to learn that Pennsylvania work accident law allows for financial recovery in situations where a work injury leads to aggravation of an already existing or old injury. Below is an example which explains the claims an injured worker may make in a pre-existing injury work accident case. More: Pennsylvania Courts Recognize ...
  • Pennsylvania Work Accident Law – Pre-Existing/Old Injuries (April 7, 2014) Can You Recover Financial Compensation For Your Work Accident? It’s no surprise that pre-existing or old injuries often come up in workers’ compensation cases and work accident lawsuits, especially those involving injured construction, manufacturing or other industrial employees. After all, workers in these industries are incredibly tough and tend to work through minor injuries and pain. I ...
  • Pennsylvania Courts Recognize Injured Workers’ Rights to Recovery for Pre-Existing Injuries (April 7, 2014) It is well-established in Pennsylvania that an injured worker who aggravates an old injury can make a workers’ compensation claim to obtain medical treatment and disability payments. When reviewing aggravation/pre-existing workers’ comp cases, Pennsylvania courts have consistently recognized that employers are liable in aggravation scenarios. In fact, two relatively recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court cases have recognized ...
  • Steps in a Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Claim (April 3, 2014) The Life of a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Pennsylvania This diagram explains the basic steps in a workers’ compensation claim in Pennsylvania. If you need legal assistance with a work accident-compensation claim, please call our office and ask for a free consultation. 800.220.7600 Related: Work Accidents in Philadelphia – Should You File a Workers’ Compensation Claim? Work Accident Claims ...
  • Pennsylvania Injured Workers & Compensation – 3 Basic Things You Should Know (March 25, 2014) Workers who are injured in work related accidents deserve to be compensated for their injuries. In fact, workplace accident compensation is one of the most common types of issues raised in civil lawsuits filed in Pennsylvania. Below are 3 common issues raised in a PA work accident case. 1. Is the Employer Liable for the Accident? Under ...
  • What is the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act (February 10, 2014) Nearly 100 years ago, in 1915, the Pennsylvania legislature enacted the Pennsylvania Workman’s Compensation Act (Act). It is now known as the PA Workers’ Compensation Act. Under the Act, the PA Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is tasked with overseeing all aspects of the Act, which provides compensation for workers injured ...
  • Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law – Benefits for Disfigurement (February 6, 2014) Every day, Pennsylvania workers are injured in accidents while on the job. While most injured workers recover fully, many do not. Serious, permanent injuries can and do result from on the job accidents. Fortunately, Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Act provides a way for seriously injured workers to recover for medical bills, lost wages and in cases of ...
  • Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law – Serious, Permanent Injuries (Specific Loss Benefits) (February 6, 2014) Workers who are injured in accidents while on the job and suffer major injuries may be entitled to specific loss benefits, i.e., lump sum payments for certain types of injuries. Section 306(c)(1)-(21) of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act lays out the specific types of injuries and what employees are entitled to receive in the event ...
  • Work Accidents in Philadelphia – Should You File a Workers’ Compensation Claim? (January 20, 2014) Every day, workers in Philadelphia are injured in work related accidents, and many workers are confused about whether they should file for workers’ compensation benefits and whether they are eligible for workers’ compensation. In addition, a large majority of workers are unaware about their legal rights to obtain fair compensation for work accident injuries in ...
  • Work Accident Law in Pennsylvania – Can You Sue Your Employer or a Co-Worker? (January 16, 2014) One of the first questions an injured worker has is whether they can sue their employer or a co-worker for a work related accident. In most cases in Pennsylvania, the answer is no, with some limited exceptions. Under Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law, employers are required to provide injured workers with medical treatment and wage loss ...
  • Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Eligibility – Accidents Occurring Off the Employer’s Premises (January 7, 2014) There are many different types of jobs which require traveling for work. For instance, a plumber or other residential contractor often works in dozens of private homes each month. An insurance employee may have to travel to multiple locations to conduct insurance investigations. A traveling nurse often provides medical care at many patients’ homes. When an ...
  • Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Eligibility – Work Related Car Accident Cases (January 7, 2014) Many workers and employees in Pennsylvania travel for work. When a car accident occurs, injured workers may be confused about whether they are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Determining whether a work related car accident is covered by workers’ compensation requires analysis of the facts and circumstances surrounding the accident. As a general rule, so long ...
  • Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Eligibility – Work Assault Cases (January 2, 2014) The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation law lays out eligibility requirements for work accidents. One of the most complex and often disputed issues relating to eligibility involves the PA Workers’ Compensation law course of employment requirement. Click here to read more about the PA Workers’ Compensation Act course of employment requirement as defined in Section 301(c). There are ...
  • Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Eligibility – The Course of Employment Requirement (January 2, 2014) Workers who are injured while on the job often have many questions about their eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits. In fact, one of the first questions an injured worker asks is “Am I eligible for workers’ compensation benefits?” or “Should I make a workers’ compensation benefit claim?” In most cases of a work related injury in ...
  • Pennsylvania Workplace Trench Accident Case Study – Beyond Workers’ Compensation (December 12, 2013) Injured Workers in PA Often Believe They are Only Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Work accident lawyers often come across this scenario: a potential client, a worker injured while on the job, comes into the office to discuss a work accident case. He was told to make a workers’ compensation case, which he did. During the course of the ...
  • Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Benefits – Assaults/Robberies at Work (Part 2) (December 9, 2013) Philadelphia is a major city and like all major cities, suffers from crime. Robberies and assaults happen almost every day. Store employees often fall prey to such criminal activity. Cashiers, clerks, security guards, etc. can be injured or even killed in store robberies. When the criminal activity occurs during the course and scope of employment, ...
  • Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Benefits – Getting Medical Treatment (December 5, 2013) Individuals injured at work or suffer work related injuries often want to know how their medical bills get paid. Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation laws require most employers to provide workers’ compensation benefits to employees. Therefore, an injured worker would be able to obtain medical treatment, so long as the employer maintained workers’ compensation insurance and assuming ...
  • Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation – Horsing Around & Goofing Off (December 2, 2013) In general, workers are protected from on the job and work related accidents and injuries, even when caused by a worker’s own negligence or carelessness. In most cases of horsing around or otherwise goofing off at work, the injured worker will likely be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. For example, a construction worker who is ...
  • Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law – What if the Employee was at Fault for Causing the Accident? (December 2, 2013) Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation laws were designed to protect workers in the event of an accident or injury at work or otherwise related to the employment, without regard to fault. This means that for the vast majority of on the job work accidents in Pennsylvania, the worker will be able to make a workers’ compensation claim, ...
  • Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Benefits – Assaults/Robberies at Work (November 19, 2013) Like most major cities, Philadelphia suffers from high crime rates. Assaults, fights, robberies, etc., can occur on the streets and at work. Whether it’s a clerk/cashier at a Philadelphia convenience store who gets robbed or a construction worker who gets into a fight with another worker, getting compensation for medical bills and time lost from ...
  • Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation – Do You Qualify for Workers’ Compensation Benefits? (October 22, 2013) Pennsylvania workers who are injured in accidents at work often want to know whether they are eligible to make workers’ compensation benefits claims. Below are three issues which determine whether an injured worker can make a workers’ compensation benefits claim. 1. Did the accident or injury happen during the course and scope of employment? This is a ...
  • Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law – The Basics (Part B) (October 22, 2013) Below is a discussion of the types of workers’ compensation benefits available to injured workers in Pennsylvania, as well as common exclusions from coverage. Click here to read Part A, which discusses eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits. If you’ve been injured in a work accident, it is vital that you speak to a work accident lawyer ...
  • Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law – The Basics (Part A) (October 22, 2013) Workplace accidents are very common and can result in major injuries and disabilities. Fortunately, Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation benefits scheme is designed to help workers who are injured on the job, whether it’s a construction worker who is injured in a forklift accident or an office worker who trips and falls in the office. Many workers who ...
  • Employer Liability for Work Related Accidents in Pennsylvania (August 26, 2013) Workers, especially construction workers, are often misinformed about their legal rights to obtain financial recovery after a work accident occurs. The vast majority of workers believe that if they are injured on the job, their claims are limited to workers’ compensation claims. This is 100% false. Pennsylvania law recognizes workers’ rights to make claims against ...
  • Pennsylvania Work Accident Law -Compensation for Work Related Accidents in PA (September 5, 2012) Accidents at work are very common, and when they occur, a worker may suffer serious injuries. Injuries like head injuries, broken bones or back injuries can lead to a pile of medical bills and lost wages. Pennsylvania workers’ compensation provides some benefits, but only a portion of lost wages. For many workers and their families, ...
  • Injured Workers’ Rights in Pennsylvania-Recovery Beyond Workers’ Compensation (August 31, 2012) Accidents at work are very common, and in certain industries, the injuries tend to be severe. For example, in the logging industry or longshore, marine terminal industry, workers often sustain very severe injuries. Many accidents result in fatalities. Workers take pride in supporting their families and when a worker suffers such injuries or is killed, the ...

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