Representing clients in Pennsylvania faced with workers’ compensation matters
Starting in 1911, the Pennsylvania Industrial Accidents Commission monitored the rise in industrial casualties. In response to the overwhelming burden on the injured worker or the family of a killed worker, legislation was drafted to answer the injustice. This was the state’s first workers’ compensation law. The Workman’s Compensation Act of 1915 was a superior way of handling workplace injuries from what was known before. Workers were able to feel confident that they would be covered and employers would avoid litigation for neglect. This idea is now the mainstream. When a worker is hurt on the job, they have security in knowing that they will be compensated for their injury. If you have a question about workers’ compensation or need a law firm to protect your rights and interests in a workers’ compensation matter, contact Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C.
What is workers’ compensation?
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance policy held by all employers for their employees to compensate for the impacts of work injuries and illnesses. According to the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, if you sustain a job injury or work-related illness, your medical bills are covered. If you are unable to work, you will be compensated for lost wages until you can get back to your job. If a worker is killed, death benefits will be paid to the dependent survivors.
Am I covered?
Almost every worker in Pennsylvania is covered under the Workers’ Compensation Act. Employers must provide workers’ compensation coverage for all employees under their care, including seasonal and part-time workers. Even nonprofit and unincorporated businesses must comply with the requirements. Other compensation laws provide further protection to some specific occupations, including federal civilian employees, railroad workers, longshoremen, shipyard and harbor workers. The Act may not cover some people, including volunteers, agricultural laborers, casual employees, domestic and employees who have been granted a personal religious exemption from the Act.
What is covered and how do I get benefits?
If you suffer from a work injury or illness that was not self-inflicted or caused by the use of illegal drugs, your medical bills and lost wages should be covered to an extent. To get the benefits of workers’ compensation, reporting the injury or illness in a prompt manner is key. Report your injury or illness to your employer or supervisor immediately. Failure to report injuries or illnesses can cause a delay or denial of benefits. If your employer denies the claim, you have the right to file a claim petition with the bureau for a hearing before a workers’ compensation judge.
Contact a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyer
Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C. is proud to be a legal resource for the people of Pennsylvania. Our law firm understands how work-related injuries can impact a person’s life. When you face legal matters regarding workers compensation, it is important to have representation that has your best interests in mind. If you need our quality legal services, contact Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C.