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An overview of what is covered by workers' compensation

Thousands of employees in Pennsylvania apply for workers' compensation benefits every year. But, do all of those applications for benefits get approved? No, they do not. Why would an application for workers' compensation be denied? Well, the most common reason is that the injury or illness that the workers are listing on their applications did not occur in relation to their workplace responsibilities.

Are you covered by Pennsylvania workers' compensation law?

Being involved in a workplace accident can be very disconcerting for a worker in Pennsylvania. Even minor accidents can leave a worker with an injury that forces that person to miss time at work for a week or longer and, when that happens, the worker would be feeling the stress of not only dealing with medical treatment, but also the stress of wondering how those lost wages will be recouped.

The basics: what is workers' compensation?

Employees in almost every sector of the economy have likely heard the term "workers' compensation" at some point in time during their employment. However, the vast majority of workers will never need to make a claim for workers' compensation, so they do not know even the most basic elements of this hugely important protection for workers. For those employees, it is important to begin with the basics: what is "workers' compensation"?

The interplay between workers' compensation and SSD benefits

Many of our readers already know that if they suffer an on-the-job injury they will likely be entitled to workers' compensation. This compensation will be awarded regardless of fault, unless the worker was engaged in an activity that was deemed to be outside the scope of employment. However, workers' comp benefits don't last forever. Workers who suffer a serious injury that will keep them out of work for an extended period of time may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits.

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