Workers’ Comp, The Basics Pt 1.
The PA Workers’ Compensation system can be a large and scary system for injured workers that don’t have experience dealing with its intricacies. However, at its heart the system is very simple.
PA Workers’ Compensation was created to help people that were injured at work. It is designed to help workers with two things. Workers’ Compensation pays for medical bills related to an employee’s work injury, and lost wages when an employee is out of work for a work injury. As an injured worker you can’t sue your employer for pain and suffering resulting from their negligence, nor can you sue your co-workers. So, while you don’t have to prove your employer was negligent to recover benefits in the Workers’ Compensation system, the amounts you recover are not as high as you might read about in the paper because you can’t be compensated for pain and suffering.
If you are out of work due to a work injury and you are collecting weekly compensation benefits it might be possible for you to receive a lump sum settlement. If your injury hasn’t been picked up, an attorney can help you file a claim and get you the compensation benefits that you have been entitled to, including any back pay, or reimbursement for medical bills.
If you feel you have been injured at work don’t hesitate to contact an attorney. Our office has free consultations.