Does Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Fulfill Its Obligation to Injured Workers?
Recently, the federal government issued a report analyzing state workers’ compensation systems all over the country to determine whether these systems meet the needs of injured workers. The report warns: Working people are at great risk of falling into poverty.
Insurance companies are experts at manipulating the system against injured workers. Over the years, Pennsylvania law has evolved to help them do this more effectively. This often means that injured workers can be left out in the cold by insurance carriers using a system to maximize profit and limit costs.
In Pennsylvania, there are tools available to insurance companies and employers that discourage injured workers from the very outset of a claim. Even when a claim can be established, insurance companies are reluctant to pay for the most basic and obvious benefits. More often than not, claims are forced into litigation to be resolved by workers’ compensation judges.
Over the next month, we will be highlighting particular areas of Pennsylvania law where insurance companies and employers tend to take advantage of injured workers. We hope to prepare injured workers for the challenges ahead. When it is all said and done, the best remedy is effective legal counsel. It can level the playing field for the injured worker. Visit our site for more information about workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania and stay tuned.