Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Laws: Process and Payment Options

PA workers compensation laws are similar to the laws in other states. Your employer is supposed to provide you with workers compensation insurance benefits by paying part of them and the rest comes out of your taxes. Self employed individuals are supposed to pay their own workers compensation benefits and can get a tax deduction for the half their employer would normally be paying.

Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Laws: Process and Payment Options

Injuries and illnesses caused by work-related accidents or conditions are generally covered by Pennsylvania workers compensation. You may be eligible to receive Pennsylvania workers compensation benefits if:

  • You work in Pennsylvania;
  • You live in Pennsylvania but work in another state; or
  • You were hired by a Pennsylvania based company.

You may request work compensation benefits even if you are at fault for your injury at work. If you can prove that your injury is work-related, you can request workers compensation benefits. You may be eligible for Pennsylvania workers compensation payments if you:

  • Get hurt on the job;
  • Have aggravate an existing injury; or
  • Develop a work-related illness.

You should immediately report any work-related injury or illness to your employer. In Pennsylvania, you have up to 120 days to inform your employer that you were injured at work. You have three years from the day you were injured to file a workers compensation claim for an injury.

Payments for lost wages are approximately 2/3 of your average weekly wage up to a set maximum under Pennsylvania law. Benefits can be reduced if you are receiving other income such as Social Security, pensions, severance pay or unemployment compensation.

Getting Legal Advice

If you have questions about Pennsylvania workers compensation laws or your entitlement to benefits, an experienced attorney can advise you of your rights and help you with any paper work necessary to get you on the road to getting benefits to which you are entitled. When you are faced with an injury or illness that prevents you from doing your job, this insurance is meant to help you get through your situation and heal.

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