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What rights does an injured worker have in Pennsylvania?

A: Under the laws of Pennsylvania, workers who are injured at work have the right to receive certain benefits, which include medical benefits, wage loss benefits, death benefits, and a lump sum in some instances of disfigurement or scarring.

There are two factors which determine whether a worker can make a claim for benefits:

1. whether the injury was timely reported to the employer and

2. whether the injury occurred in the course and scope of the employment.

Injured workers should speak to a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyer in order to discuss whether they can make a claim for benefits.

In addition to workers’ compensation benefits, those injured at work should have their case evaluated by a workplace lawyer who can review the case to determine liability of other parties. For example, in a case where a worker slips and falls at work, there may be other parties who are liable for the accident. The building or parking lot operator may be liable for negligent maintenance. This kind of negligence claim would be entirely separate from any workers’ compensation claim.

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The workers’ compensation and social security disability lawyers at Schwartz & Blackman handle cases in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area, including:

  • PA: Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County, Allentown, Lehigh Valley, Norristown, Philadelphia
  • NJ: Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Camden, Cherry Hill, New Jersey shore cities

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Published: August 7, 2012



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