Things you should know about workers’ compensation:
- Pennsylvania State law requires employers to pay for any and all employee injuries that occur during the scope and course of their employment. Injured workers are entitled to recover medical expenses and lost wages due to their injury.
- Pennsylvania State law requires employers to cover all employees, regardless of the number of hours worked per week or whether the person is a relative of the employer.
- It is illegal in most states for an employer to terminate an employee for reporting a workplace injury or for filing a Workers’ Compensation claim.
- The cost of workers’ compensation coverage can never be charged to the employee.
- If your employer is not insured, your injuries may be covered by directly filing a claim against your employer.
- Workers compensation programs provide benefits to those who have suffered immediate and/or long-term effects of certain occupational exposures, taking place recently or over several years.
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Repetitive stress disorders
- Over exposure to loud noise
- Cardiovascular disorders
There are three major components to workers’ compensation benefits (i.e., three major components to be covered):
- Medical expenses, including costs related to medical treatments, hospitals, doctors, etc.
- Disability pay, which can be temporary while you are recovering or permanent if you never fully recover from the injury or illness.
- Vocational rehabilitation, if your injury or illness requires physical therapy or re-training for a new occupation.
With more than 40 years of combined experience, the personal injury attorneys at Fellerman & Ciarimboli strive to provide the best service to clients in Philadelphia, Northeast Pennsylvania, and throughout the Keystone State.