Does Pa. Workers’ Compensation Protect My Job or My Benefits?
Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Act does not protect an injured worker’s job. Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Act does not protect an injured worker’s benefits.
Rather, the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act protects an injured worker’s right to be paid wage losses when they are unable to perform the job they did before they were hurt on the job. And the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act protects an injured worker’s right to be paid for medical care to treat the injuries they suffered when they were hurt on the job.
While some employees are protected in a limited way, for example, employees subject to a union or collective bargaining agreement, the Workers’ Compensation Act does not preserve your job or your medical benefits, such as Blue Cross or an HMO. In those situations, being hurt not only penalizes workers by paying them a fixed rate that never goes up but also by not assuring that they have a job when they are better or that they have medical insurance to cover all of the things that aren’t covered by workers’ compensation.
At the Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC, we regularly guide our clients through these scary situations so that they understand their rights, know what benefits may be available, and can plan ahead, particularly for injured workers whose injuries are permanent or take a long time to heal. We help them understand the Workers’ Compesnaiton Act, as well as other benefits, including Social Security Disability benefits, and the relationship between all of these benefits.
When you are hurt, you need a lawyer who will answer your questions, and devote their time to helping you. We are proud of our reputation for client-focused legal representation, and welcome your call or email. When you are hurt, give us a call at 610-446-3457 or click here to send us an email.