If you are injured in the course and scope of your employment, under Pennsylvania law, you are entitled to have your medical expenses paid for and be reimbursed for lost wages. These are your rights even if you were negligent or your actions were the cause of the injury. You do not have to prove that you were injured through the fault of another party.
Pennsylvania law requires your employer to carry Worker's Compensation insurance for you. As long as they do carry this insurance, you cannot sue your employer if they cause your injury. Frequently, however, there are third parties who through their negligence caused your work-related injury and we at Howland Hess will advise you of your rights and opportunities for appropriate compensation.
As the Worker's Compensation law has strict notice requirements, it is important to quickly consult with a worker's compensation attorney if you are hurt at work. Failure to notify your employer of your work-related injury in a timely manner can preclude you from receiving benefits. We at Howland Hess can lead you through the process of notifying your employer, filing the necessary paperwork with Harrisburg, and representing you at each stage through the worker's compensation system.
The extent of your injury and its impact on your ability to return to work in your same job capacity has a direct relationship with your eligibility for benefits. Each one of our clients receive individualized service because your injury, job, and skills are unique. There are no two identical worker's compensation cases and we will advise and guide you, accordingly.
Remember, if you are injured at work, please contact us online or call us at 215-947-6240 for a free initial consultation.