What to Know About Workplace Accidents in Pennsylvania

If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you may be eligible to recover financial compensation called workers’ compensation. To learn more about your eligibility and what to expect during the process ahead, continue reading and contact our experienced Montgomery County, PA personal injury attorneys. Here are some questions you may have:

What is workers’ compensation?

If an employee becomes injured or ill on the job, they may be eligible to recover financial compensation called workers’ compensation. The majority of employers in Pennsylvania are required to have this insurance in case an employee becomes injured on the job. This insurance exists so that these individuals do not lose their jobs if they are unable to return to work due to their injuries. This compensation provides them with benefits that cover any damages stemming from the workplace incident. Compensation can be for medical bills and lost wages. Workers’ compensation gives employees the following benefits:

  • Medical care
  • Supplemental benefits
  • Social security benefits
  • Death benefits
  • Long term benefits in the event that they are no longer able to work

It is required to report the incident to an employer immediately following a workplace accident in order to receive workers’ compensation. The claim will then be reviewed to determine if it is covered under the Workers’ Compensation Law. If the claim is approved, the individual may receive benefits.

Who is responsible?

When an employee is injured at work, they can hold their employer responsible. However, this can cause an uncomfortable workplace environment. Due to this, workers’ compensation is available. Neither the employee nor employer can be held responsible for the accident once workers’ compensation is received.

Legal action cannot be pursued against an employer while receiving worker’s compensation, however, it can be sought against a third party. If the injured individual can prove that a third party was responsible for the incident, they may be able to receive additional compensation. However, they may be required to pay back the workers’ compensation they received.

If you have any additional questions about filing a claim after a workplace accident, do not hesitate to contact our experienced legal team at Friedman Schuman. Our firm is prepared to fight for your right to compensation so that you can heal and move forward with your life and your job. Give us a call today to learn more about our services and how we can help. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

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