Who is Eligible for Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

If you have sustained a work injury or you have become ill because of exposure to a hazard in the workplace, you may be entitled to compensation and medical benefits provided under the Workers’ Compensation Act. Nearly all Pennsylvania workers receive coverage under the Act. Those who are not eligible, such as federal workers and railroad workers, may be entitled to benefits under another plan.

It is important to be aware of reporting requirements. To be eligible for Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits, a worker needs to inform their employer of the injury or illness within a specified time. An injured worker, for instance, has 120 days from the date of the injury to notify their employer. Failure to provide an employer with notice may result in the loss of benefits.

A worker may encounter difficulties when it comes to actually receiving benefits, even when it is apparent that the injury is legitimate. Because many employers provide coverage through for-profit private insurance companies, valid work-related injury claims are often denied. If you are eligible for workers’ compensation but the insurance company or your employer has denied your claim, it is important to speak with a Pennsylvania workers compensation lawyer about your case. Call Calhoon and Kaminsky P.C., at 717-695-4722 or 877-291-WORK (9675) to schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney.