Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Fight To Preserve Your Rights and Recover Rightful Damages
Holding at-fault employers responsible for on-the-job accidents for more than 26 years
When you’re at work, your managers and the company you work for are accountable for your safety and well-being. If you suffer an injury that affects your ability to work, keep your job or adversely affects your life as a whole, you are entitled to fair and just compensation for your suffering. At McCann & Wall, LLC, our Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers help you recover damages for lost wages, as well as pain and suffering, if you have been injured on the job.
Requirements for Workers’ Compensation coverage in Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act was enacted to protect workers injured while on the job and compensate victims for medical expenses and lost wages. The Act is broad in scope, but does not protect all workers. Generally, the Act does not provide coverage for:
- Agricultural workers
- Chief Executive Officers that elect exemption from the Act
- Domestic service workers
- Persons granted religious exemption from the Act
In general, any injury, illness or disease sustained at work or caused by work is considered eligible for compensation. This includes activities directly related to work, but not specifically described in the job description such as travelling for work, acquiring equipment for a job, or commuting to and from work. The Act does delineate a few exceptions where coverage is not applicable including when:
- The injury or death is self-inflicted
- The employee engaged in illegal activity such as drug use
- The injury or death was caused by the employee’s intoxication or reckless indifference to danger
Our Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers take the time to analyze each aspect of your specific situation to ensure that you recover appropriate compensation for your injury.
Employer responsibility in Workers’ Compensation claims
Workers’ Compensation coverage begins on your date of hire and compensation and benefits should be paid beginning upon the date of your injury. It is vital that you report an injury immediately to establish a record of when coverage should begin. Depending upon your specific circumstances, your employer may be required to pay:
- Damages for a specific loss, such as the loss of a limb or physical ability
- Death benefits including funeral expenses and loss of income for your dependents
- Lost wages if you are unable to work
If your employer refuses to make these payments or denies liability for your injuries, our Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers work hard to prove your case and help you recover the compensation you deserve.