If a Pennsylvania resident has a work-related injury or illness, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation. There is helpful information available about the program and the requirements to qualify.
Workers’ compensation overview
Workers’ compensation provides benefits to employees, including offering financial support to employees after an injury or illness. It may provide payment for medical expenses, replace the employee’s wages, or other benefits.
Many employers have workers’ compensation information available, sometimes posted at the place of employment or available through the human resources department.
Injuries and employee responsibilities
If the worker has an accidental injury at work, like being hurt by lifting a heavy object, a fall or another sudden event, that may qualify for workers’ compensation. Also, if an employee contracts an illness or disease from their workplace, like respiratory issues from hazardous materials or hearing loss from excessive noise levels, that may also be covered.
Employees may be surprised to learn that workers’ compensation may provide benefits for a pre-existing condition that is made worse because of a work-related activity or because of injuries caused by repetitive motions.
Workers’ compensation is also not limited to physical injuries or illnesses. An employee who has a mental health condition such as anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder related to their work may also be eligible for workers’ compensation.
If an employee has a workers’ compensation claim, they must inform their employer as soon as possible after the injury or illness. Employees should also be aware that there may be time limits to file the claim.