Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Coverage and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Date: April 3, 2020

PA Workers’ Compensation Coverage and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As State and Federal agencies work to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Department of Labor & Industry, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Workers’ Compensation Office of Adjudication, and Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board have undertaken efforts to allow the workers’ compensation system to continue to operate in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania utilizes the Workers’ Compensation Automation and Integration System, or “WCAIS”, a web-based system that allows public access to the Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Bureau , the Pa. Workers’ Compensation Office of Adjudication and the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board. As WCAIS is web-based, it allows parties (injured workers, employers, insurance carriers, etc.) online access to Workers compensation claim files and dispute summaries. In addition, in this period of social distancing and “Stay at Home” orders, the WCAIS system provides employees and staff members of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation the ability to work from home and to continue to administer work injury claims.

Coronavirus and Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation: What You Need To Know.

Since Workers Compensation claims are filed and submitted an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) process, the Workers Compensation Bureau continues to receive and process claims, despite the COVID-19 crisis. All forms submitted via the EDI process will continue to be processed via the same method as they were prior to COVID-19- i.e., via electronic format, and automatically attached to the claim, file and dispute materials within WCAIS.

If you’ve suffered a work injury and have questions about your claim, contact me at tcummings@dlplaw.com or call (570) 347-1011 for a free consultation.

Disclaimer: The above article is for instructive purposes only and each case is fact sensitive.  Consultation with an attorney should be obtained instead of reliance upon the legal issues discussed in this column.

Tom Cummings
Thomas P. Cummings has been a Partner with Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP since 1996 and has been with the firm since 1991. He focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability and personal injury cases.