Workers Compensation Injury Jurisdiction Question

Date: January 9, 2012
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Question: I work for a business based in Pennsylvania. I was injured on the job but my injury occurred out-of-state. Can I pursue a Pennsylvania workers comp claim?

Answer: It will depend on the facts and your work situation. The Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Act applies to all injuries that occur within Pennsylvania. If the injury occurs outside of Pa., the Act may apply if:

  • the employment is principally localized in Pennsylvania ; or
  • the employee is working under a contract of hire made in Pennsylvania and employment is not localized in any state; or
  • the employee is working under a contract of hire made in Pennsylvania in employment principally localized in another state whose workers compensation law is not applicable to the employer; or
  • the employee is working under a contract of hire made in Pennsylvania for employment outside the U.S. and Canada.

If you have any questions regarding a Pennsylvania work injury, call me at (570) 347-1011 or email me at tcummings@dlplaw.com

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.