Workplace accidents can be unexpected and can cause an employee to miss a substantial amount of time at work. Additionally, an employee could suffer a serious injury that could leave them with expensive medical bills that can be difficult to manage. Fortunately, an injured worker may be able to file a valid claim for workers’ compensation to cover their injuries. If you or a family member was injured at the workplace, contact an experienced Philadelphia on the job injury lawyer today.
At the Reiff Law Firm, we are dedicated to providing you with the diligent legal representation needed to file your workers’ compensation claim. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your claim, contact the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 709-6940, or contact us online.
Workers’ Compensation Requirements After an On the Job Injury in Philadelphia
Workplace injuries can occur under a variety of circumstances. However, there are some circumstances that may prevent a worker from receiving workers’ compensation for their injuries. Understanding the requirements when filing for workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania can help a worker if they suffer an injury on the job.
To pursue a valid claim for workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania, an employee must be injured within the scope of their employment, whether they were working on-site or off-site. For example, if a truck driver is injured while transporting materials, this would be a scenario where they would qualify for workers’ compensation despite being off-site. However, an injury may not qualify for workers’ compensation if a person was injured in a scenario where they were commuting to or from work.
Additionally, an injury at the workplace may not qualify for workers’ compensation if the injury was intentionally self-inflicted. For example, orchestrating a scam to be injured by a coworker or injured by machinery can void your claim to workers’ compensation.
Another scenario that can invalidate a claim for workman’s comp is when a worker is injured while intoxicated. For example, if a worker operates a forklift while drunk and causes a crash and suffers a severe injury, the accident will likely be attributed to their intoxication. The use of drugs that can affect the reactions and judgment of a person can also be considered when determining whether a worker’s intoxication caused their injury.
Note, however, that fault for a workplace accident will not affect an employee’s benefits as long as the accident was not the result of the above circumstances. This means that even if an employee caused their own injury, this would not disqualify them from receiving workers’ compensation.
There are a variety of workplace accidents that can be covered with workers’ compensation:
- Construction accidents
- Fires and explosions
- Vehicle accidents (e.g., trucks, forklifts, etc.)
- Overexposure to dangerous chemicals
- Slip and fall accidents or falls from great heights
This is not an exhaustive list. To learn more about filing a workers’ compensation claim with your employer, you should continue reading and speak with an experienced Philadelphia workman’s comp attorney.
What to Do After a Workplace Accident
After a workplace accident, your top priority is to receive medical attention for your injuries. Your employer should have a list of authorized healthcare providers that can treat your injuries. However, if you are severely injured, securing medical treatment from an outside healthcare provider is appropriate.
Once you have received medical attention, it is imperative to inform your employer of the details of the accident. This injury report should include:
- The date of the injury
- The cause of the injury
- Where the injury occurred and whether the employee was working when the accident happened
If an employee waits a significant amount of time before reporting the injury to their employer, this could affect their ability to receive benefits. An employer should be apprised of the details of the accident as soon as possible to begin the process of applying for workers’ compensation.
After informing an employer of the injury, the employer will refer the employee to a healthcare provider authorized by their insurance company. The healthcare provider will examine the extent of the employee’s injuries to determine whether they qualify for benefits.
There are multiple benefits available if a worker prevails in a workers’ compensation claim:
- Medical benefits
- Specific-loss benefits (i.e., an injury that causes amputation or loss of movement in a body part)
- Death benefits (for the family of a worker that died in a workplace accident)
There are other steps that must be completed when pursuing a workers’ comp claim. Our firm can help you get started.
Contact Our Experienced Philadelphia On the Job Injury Attorney Today
If you or a family member suffered an injury at the workplace, contact an experienced Philadelphia on the job injury attorney today. The devoted personal injury attorneys at the Reiff Law Firm possess decades of combined legal experience, and we would be pleased to pursue compensation for your injuries. To schedule a free case evaluation to discuss your legal situation, contact the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 709-6940.