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The Flow Of A Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Claim

  • Megan McCarrin
  • 10/21/2021

What Is The Flow Of A Workers’ Compensation Claim In Litigation?


PA Workers Compensation Litigation Flowchart

PA Workers Compensation Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ compensation is a program requiring employers to purchase insurance coverage to provide workplace compensation benefits to employees who become ill or injured on the job. Through this program, workers are provided such benefits as lost wages and medical care. In exchange, employers are protected from personal injury lawsuits by injured employees. While the federal government administers a workers’ compensation program for federal and certain other types of employees, each state has its own laws and programs for workers’ compensation, such as the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act.

What To Do After A Work Injury?

  1. Immediately report your injury or work-related illness to your employer or supervisor. Tell them you were hurt on the job as well as the date and location of the injury.
  2. Seek medical attention. You may need to see your employer’s doctor, which depends on if your employer maintains a panel physician list. Ask if your employer has such a list and, if they do, ask that it is provided to you immediately. If they do not have a list, you are free to treat with whichever doctor you choose.
  3. Know your rights. Contact the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyers, at Pearson Koutcher Law and speak with a lawyer with expertise in workplace injury law. Our attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience helping injured workers throughout Pennsylvania and will help you fully understand your rights as an injured employee and assist you in seeking the full Workers’ Compensation benefits you deserve under the law.


Filing a Work Comp Claim Petition

Once the injured employee gives the employer notice of his work injuries, the employer or its insurance carrier must agree that the job injury or illness is work-related before injured worker benefits are paid. If the employer or insurance carrier denies the work injury claim, the injured worker must file a Claim Petition to be heard before a Workers’ Compensation law judge who decides which party will prevail.

Workers’ Compensation Benefits

The Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law provides for several types of workplace injury benefits for employees who suffer job-related injuries or illnesses. Injured workers are entitled to the payment of reasonable and necessary medical treatment including surgical and medical services, medicine, supplies, hospital treatment and services, orthopedic appliances, prostheses and rehabilitation. Wage-loss benefits are available if it is determined that an injured worker is totally disabled and unable to work at all, or partially disabled and working in a position earning less than the worker’s pre-injury pay. An injured employee may be entitled to Specific Loss Benefits if the worker has lost the permanent use of all or part of his arm, leg, foot, finger, hand, toe, has experienced sight or hearing loss, or has suffered a serious and permanent disfigurement on his head, face or neck. If the work injury results in death, surviving dependents may be entitled to death benefits. Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Types Of Workers’ Compesnation Benefits

The Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law provides for several types of benefits for employees who suffer job-related injuries or illnesses. Injured workers are entitled to the payment of reasonable and necessary medical benefits including surgical and medical services, medicine, supplies, hospital treatment and services, orthopedic appliances, prostheses, and rehabilitation. Wage-loss benefits are available if it is determined that an injured worker is totally disabled and unable to work at all, or partially disabled and working in a position earning less than the worker’s pre-injury pay. An injured employee may be entitled to specific loss benefits if the worker has lost the permanent use of all or part of his arm, leg, foot, finger, hand, toe, has experienced sight or hearing loss, or has suffered a serious and permanent disfigurement on his head, face or neck. If the injury results in death, surviving dependents may be entitled to death benefits.

Workers’ Comp Benefits under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act

Under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation laws, workers who are injured in the workplace may be eligible for the following benefits:

  • Medical Benefits
  • Wage-Loss Benefits
  • Specific Loss Benefits
  • Death Benefits

  • Hurt At Work? Call The Workers’ Compensation Lawyers At Pearson Koutcher Law For A Free Consultation?

    Lawyers at Pearson Koutcher Law are aggressive and pursue cases efficiently and as quickly as possible. We know that you are struggling emotionally, physically and financially. Being out of work and injured is something most people are not used to. Pearson Koutcher Law work accident attorneys have decades of experience assisting injured workers with their claims. If you have been injured in a work accident, let the Philadelphia work accident lawyers at Pearson Koutcher Law handle your Workers’ Compensation claim.

    The Philadelphia Workers Compensation attorneys at Pearson Koutcher Law, are dedicated to the singular goal of securing maximum compensation and full benefits entitled to injured employees under the laws of Pennsylvania. Their years of experience as seasoned, skillful trial lawyers and negotiators, along with their compassion and diligent understanding of the significant impact a workplace accident can have on an injured worker’s life, motivate the attorneys of Pearson Koutcher, LLP, to approach each new client individually, with meticulous consideration to their specific individual considerations and circumstances. Call our office today at 215-627-0700 or email us to discuss the particular facts of your Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation matter.