Employees in Pennsylvania may benefit from learning more about worker’s compensation and the remedies available for injuries suffered at the job. While many injured employees are able to receive worker’s compensation, many face challenges when returning to work. Injured employees may return to work voluntarily, or an insurer or employer may determine that the worker is fit to return to their occupation. When an employer believes a worker is fit to return to work, the employee may be subject to an independent medical exam.
Many employers use the results of an independent exam to try to terminate the employee’s worker’s compensation claim. Some employers may have injured employees return on restricted work responsibilities but might attempt to suspend medical and disability payouts. Some employers may attempt to reduce the amount of benefits given to a worker who is now considered to be partially disabled. A worker’s compensation judge may be able to review the medical records and provide a resolution for the disputing parties.
These types of trials may take some time to reach a verdict. Injured employees typically go to trial when an employer has denied the worker’s compensation claim. Otherwise, injured employees may receive wage loss benefits until they are able to return to work again. Employees who suffer an injury at the workplace may be expected to notify an employer of the incident in a timely manner. In addition, injured workers are advised to seek medical attention.
If you have suffered an injury at the workplace, you may benefit from contacting our firm before signing any contracts or agreeing to any resolution. Our advice may be able to help you review the events leading up to the accident, allowing for a strong compensation claim. If you would like more information about what to do after an injury on a job site, please view our page on workplace injury.
Source: Laputka Bayless Ecker & Cohn PC, “Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Claims Process“, November 06, 2014