What Is Workers’ Compensation?
In Pennsylvania, injured workers receive workers’ compensation (workers comp) benefits, which are paid based upon the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. In exchange for receiving workers’ compensation benefits — which provide for payment of reasonable medical expenses related to the on the job injury and wage loss benefits– workers are not permitted to file a lawsuit against their employers (although they may be able to sue other responsible parties), even if the injuries were caused by their employers’ negligence. If a worker is killed on the job, the law pays death benefits to the deceased worker’s dependents. The Workers’ Compensation Act is very complex, and there are many decisions of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania that interpret this law. As a result, the law is more complex than most people would expect, and a relatively limited number of lawyers handle these cases. Most insurance companies pay benefits every other week, although a few pay wage loss benefits weekly. These benefits are not taxable. If you would like to speak with Dan Siegel, call (610) 446-3457 or send an email, and Dan will respond promptly. All workers’ compensation matters are handled on a contingent fee basis, which means that you never pay a fee unless Dan Siegel gets you benefits or successfully prevents your employer from stopping your benefits. Give Dan Siegel a call at (610) 446-3457 or send an email.