Lancaster Lawyers Answer Frequently Asked Workers Comp Questions

Get the answers you need after you suffer a workplace injury

Georgelis Injury Law Firm, P.C. concentrates on workers compensation and personal injury cases. We believe that knowledge is power. So we answer your questions promptly, clearly and fully. Read our workers compensation FAQs, and then contact us to schedule your free consultation to discuss your claim.

Get the answers to your workers compensation questions

For a complete claim analysis, call Georgelis Injury Law Firm, P.C. at 717-394-3004 or contact our firm online to schedule your free initial consultation. We are available after regular business hours and on weekends, and we can visit you in your home, hospital or rehabilitation center. Our office has free parking.

Who is responsible for providing my workers compensation benefits?

Most Pennsylvania employers are required to carry workers compensation insurance. The insurance company pays your benefits for workplace injuries or illnesses. If your employer does not carry workers compensation insurance, you may be eligible to receive benefits from the State Workers’ Insurance Fund.

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Are all employers required to carry workers compensation insurance?

The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act applies to the vast majority of employers, including nonprofit corporations, unincorporated businesses and employers that have only one worker.

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Are all workers covered?

Some workers are eligible for other state or federal compensation programs — for example, federal civilian employees, railroad workers, longshoremen and shipyard and harbor workers. In addition, exemptions may apply to volunteer workers, agricultural laborers, casual employees and domestic workers. The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation also may grant employees a personal religious exemption from the act. Corporate executive officers may sometimes waive coverage.

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What injuries and illnesses are covered?

Injuries, illnesses or diseases you suffered at your workplace or while performing a job-related duty are typically covered under the program. However, workers compensation does not pay benefits for intentionally self-inflicted injuries or those caused by an employee’s violation of the law — such as illegal drug use. In addition, a worker may be denied coverage for injuries caused by intoxication.

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Is my lung disease covered if it occurred because of toxic exposure at my worksite?

An occupational disease is an illness that is caused by or aggravated by your workplace conditions and that occurred within 300 weeks of your last date of employment in the job that subjected you to exposure to the hazardous substances. However, you may be subject to less-restrictive time limitations for some diseases.

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Is my repetitive stress injury covered?

Repetitive stress injuries can arise from performing the same task repeatedly and continuously. Carpal tunnel syndrome, for example, is a common repetitive motion injury related to daily typing. If your employment duties led to this type of injury, you may be entitled to compensation.

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Do I have to tell my employer I was hurt on the job?

You may be denied benefits if you fail to notify your employer in a timely manner of your job-related accident or illness. Our attorneys explain what to do after an injury at work to protect your health and your legal rights.

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Is there a deadline for reporting my accident to my employer?

Typically, an employee must give notice within 120 days of the date of the accident. Our law firm recommends you give notice immediately to avoid delays in receiving compensation.

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I was just diagnosed with cancer that I think may have been related to a job I held a decade ago. Can I file a claim?

Possibly. In most occupational disease cases, your illness or disability must occur within 300 weeks of the date of last employment in the job that exposed you to a dangerous condition. In addition, you have up to three years from the date of your injury or disability to file your petition. To collect benefits for certain lung diseases, you must have worked in an occupation with a silica, coal or asbestos hazard for at least two years during the 10 years preceding your disability.

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How long do I have to challenge a denial of my claim?

You have up to three years from the date of your injury to contest a denial.

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How much compensation do I receive?

The amount of compensation you are entitled to depends on numerous factors, including the extent of your injuries, the length of your disability and the salary you earned before you were injured. Our lawyers analyze your claim at a free consultation so we can give you an accurate indication of the workers compensation benefits you should expect to receive.

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