Workers in Pennsylvania may know that most employers in this state are required to pay compensation for both workplace injuries and for accidental deaths in the workplace. However, under some conditions, employers are not liable for compensation.
An employer is not required to pay compensation if a worker suffers a wound or dies from a self-inflicted injury. In addition, if an employee is determined to have been under the influence of drugs at the time of an accident, the law does not require an employer to pay compensation. If an employee is injured during an attack on the United States or as a result of a military activity, then no compensation is required.
Workplace injuries eligible for compensation must be those suffered in the workplace during the performance of normal duties or as an aftermath of those duties. The same applies to workers who die on the job. Injuries received for any personal reason are not considered to be valid for claiming compensation claims.
If an employee dies from an occupational disease, then compensation may be awarded only if the death occurs within 300 weeks since the last day of employment. However, if the employee has had multiple jobs since first exposure to the disease-provoking condition, the employer with the last exposure will be required to pay the compensation. Certain ailments, such as silicosis and asbestosis, can only be compensated if the employee can establish work for at least two years in a Pennsylvania facility with exposure to silica or asbestos.
Source: Portal.State.PA.us, “Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act” Accessed on July 3, 2015