On October 23, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed an omnibus workers’ compensation bill that was previously approved by the state Senate on Oct. 18. This legislation, which was developed in cooperation with PaTLA and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, will streamline the state’s Workers’ Compensation system without restricting the rights of injured workers.
House Bill 2738 is geared towards reducing workers’ compensation litigation costs and streamlining the litigation process to benefit both employees and employers.
The changes set forth in the new legislation include:
-Requiring workers’ compensation judges to establish a mandatory trial schedule and compel attendance of all parties to help prevent delays and to reduce litigation costs.
-Requiring mandatory mediation in an effort to avoid unnecessary litigation. Mediation is currently not required for Pennsylvania workers’ compensation cases.
-Restructuring the workers’ compensation appeals board by establishing a code of ethics for board members and a more streamlined process for final appeal decisions.
-Establishing an Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund to provide workers’ compensation benefits to injured workers whose employers did not carry the required coverage.
The workers compensation litigation process is a complex and sometimes confusing endeavor. If you are injured at work, you will need competent counsel to help you secure all of the benefits you deserve. At DLP law offices, we have a team of Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorneys who will vigorously pursue your claim and help you to secure all of the remedies available to you.
Thomas P. Cummings, Esq.