Does workers’ comp protect my job position and benefits?
No, the Pennsylvania Worker’s Comp Act does not include any protection of your job title, employment benefits or even a job with your employer. Rather, you are entitled to wage loss checks when you are out of work for the injury or when you are in a lower paying job because of the work injury. […]Continue Reading
Can my employer offer me a different job after a work injury?
Yes, Even though your Employer has no legal obligation under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Comp Act to find you work or offer a job after a work injury, your Employer’s insurance company often encourages your Employer to offer you a job so that the insurance carrier can stop or lower your workers’ comp checks. A job […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
Adequacy of Cash Benefits: Don’t Be Limited
Insurance carriers and employers seek any and every way to limit, modify, suspend, or terminate benefits payable to injured workers under Pennsylvania law. This is occurs in many forms: CALCULATION OF AVERAGE WEEKLY WAGE (AWW): In order to determine how much it will need to pay out on any given claim, the first step for […]Continue Reading
Discouraging the Report of Injuries: Don’t Be Fooled
Insurers and employers know that to truly save money, they must discourage the reporting of injuries. The report of an injury is the first step in the process of obtaining benefits. Under Pennsylvania law, a failure to report an injury within 120 days may relinquish your right to compensation; as a result, it is hard […]Continue Reading