Workers’ Compensation protects employees and employers in the event of a work-related accident. In the unfortunate event of an accident at work, it is important to know your rights.
Workers’ Compensation allows an employee to receive medical treatment and compensation of any wage loss because of a work-related injury or disease.
Workers’ Compensation protects employers from being directly sued by an employee who was injured on the job.
In Pennsylvania, Workers’ Compensation is mandatory for most employers; however, some are exempt. According to PA. GOV, exemptions include: “people covered under other workers’ compensation acts, such as railroad workers, longshoremen and federal employees; domestic servants (coverage is optional); agricultural workers who work fewer than 30 days or earn less than $1,200 in a calendar year from one employer; and employees who have requested, and been granted, exemption due to religious beliefs or their executive status in certain corporations.”
Workers’ Compensation coverage begins the first day of employment. Employees are covered for the entire time they are employed at a specific job. It is important to know that Workers’ Compensation covers any injury or disease caused by a work-related accident regardless of an employee’s previous physical health.
Recovering compensation after an accident
If you were injured on the job or lost a loved one while they were on the job, contact the experienced attorneys at Berger and Green. We keep in mind your present and future needs. After an injury or a death, filing a claim will help you and your family during this difficult and unexpected time. Call Berger and Green at 412-661-1400 to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Pittsburgh today.
Source: PA. GOV, “WC Act Landing Page.”