Workers’ Compensation in Pennsylvania

For those who suffer injuries while at work, Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation system ensures that employees receive fair compensation. For many employees, the qualifications and process may be confusing. 

The process may seem simple on its face. An employee notifies his or her employer, seeks medical treatment and then fills out an incident report. In the case of employees who suffer injuries because of an accident, should they even file a report? 

What are exempt injuries? 

According to the Department of Labor and Industry some injuries do not qualify, even if an employee is at work. The injuries that a person cannot claim, include self-inflicted injuries, drug related and alcohol related injuries. For instance, if a person shows up for work intoxicated or under the influence of drugs and acts recklessly resulting in the harm of his or herself, then it is not the employer’s responsibility. 

What are allowed injuries? 

Injuries that a person may file a claim on behalf of include any injuries or illnesses that a person suffers while performing work related duties. For instance, if you someone suffers from an illness or condition, such as mesothelioma or carpal tunnel because of his or her employment, then this person can file a claim. This can include car accidents as long as the accident did not occur during the person’s commute and the trip was business related. 

When injured on the job, Pennsylvania employees have three years to file a claim. However, it is best to file a claim as soon as possible. For more information about workers’ compensation claims, visit our webpage.