An Overview of Workers’ Comp Claims in PA

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If you suffer an injury or illness at work, you have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim. However, understanding the laws and the claims process can be difficult. Knowledgeable and experienced, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Katherine L. Niven & Associates, PC can explain the nuances of workers’ comp law in layman’s terms. We realize that, as an injury victim, your focus is on recovering, not navigating the intricacies of the legal system. When you retain our services, you gain the support of a law firm that has more than 25 years of experience protecting the rights of workers in Pennsylvania.

Who is covered by workers’ compensation?

If you work in Pennsylvania, you are likely covered by workers’ compensation. An experienced Harrisburg lawyer can explain the details of the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, but the majority of employees in the state have access to workers’ comp benefits. In accordance with this law, employers must provide coverage to all of their employees, including seasonal and part-time workers. In addition, the following types of employers must provide coverage:

  • Nonprofit corporations
  • Unincorporated businesses
  • Employers with only one employee

Employees who may be restricted from filing workers’ compensation claims in Harrisburg and other areas of Pennsylvania include volunteer workers, agricultural laborers, casual employees, domestic employees and employees granted a personal religious exemption from the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act.

Types of coverage

Individuals who suffer illness, injury or disease may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation, unless they intentionally cause harm to themselves or are injured as a result of breaking the law or using illegal drugs.

If your PA workers’ comp claim is considered legitimate, depending on the extent of your injuries, you may be entitled to receive the following types of benefits:

  • Specific loss benefits: A specific loss award may be granted if you are permanently unable to use your thumb, finger, hand, arm, leg, foot or toe, if you have lost sight or hearing, or if you have a serious and permanent disfigurement to your head, face or neck.
  • Payment for lost wages: You can get wage loss benefits if you are partially or permanently disabled.
  • Medical care: You may be entitled to receive compensation for reasonable surgical and medical services.

Unwavering advocacy for injured workers in Pennsylvania

If a work-related injury is causing you pain, suffering or disability, let the Law Offices of Katherine L. Niven & Associates, PC provide you with experienced and compassionate counsel. Contact our Harrisburg personal injury, workers’ compensation and SSDI law firm by phone at 717-260-3580 or via our convenient online form to schedule a free consultation, with no obligation, to allow us to determine how we can help you.