Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law Explained

Date: December 30, 2020
Posted In: DLP Law

The Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Act addresses the rights and remedies of both injured workers (“claimants”), employers and employer’s insurance carriers in the event that a work injury is alleged or occurs. To get a workers compensation case before a Judge, any of those parties may file a petition with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. There are various types of Petitions including:

Claim Petition filed by the claimant to establish that the claimant is entitled to benefits for a disputed work injury;

Termination Petition filed by employer or insurance company to show that the claimant is fully recovered from a work injury, and is no longer entitled to any workers’ compensation benefits from that injury;

Modification Petition filed by employer or insurance company to show that claimant has either returned to work or is capable of returning to available work with some loss of earnings;

Suspension Petition filed by employer or insurance company to show that claimant has either returned to work or is capable of returning to available work without a loss of earnings;

Review Petition filed by either party to  correct errors in compensation documents (i.e. the description of injury, calculation of the average weekly wage, etc.);

Challenge Petition filed by claimant to address whether a Notification of Suspension or Modification (filed by the employer when the claimant returns to work) is correct.

Do I need a lawyer to help with a Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Act claim?

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.