Work Injury- Exclusions To Workers Compensation Act

Date: October 6, 2014
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In Pennsylvania, there are certain circumstances that would exclude an injury from being covered under the Workers Compensation Act. These exclusions are defined by statute and include:

– an intentionally self-inflicted injury

– an injury or death caused by the employee’s violation of law

– an injury or death caused by the employee’s violation of a positive order

– an injury caused by the act of a 3rd party intending to injure an employee because of reasons personal to the 3rd party and not directed against the employee because of the employment

– injuries caused by the injured employee’s intoxication.

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.