Montgomery County Worker Compensation Laws
The Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Act ensures medical and wage loss benefits for all individuals working in the state, with certain exceptions, including:
Federal employees, shipyard and harbor workers, and railroad workers have workers compensation rights under other legislation. Agricultural workers are eligible for coverage benefits if their employer pays one agricultural worker wages equal to or greater than $1,200, or employs one agricultural labor employee for 30 or more days in the span of one calendar year. In addition, contractors are responsible for paying compensation benefits to the employees of any uninsured sub-contractor.
For more information on these worker compensation laws, you should speak with attorney Larry Pitt. Mr. Pitt has three decades of experience practicing worker compensation law in Pennsylvania. He can help you handle a claim and answer any question you may have about worker compensation in Pennsylvania. In an effort to help you understand your rights as an injured worker, what follows is a brief summary of some important workers compensation laws.
Workers compensation law in Montgomery County
If you have a pre-existing or underlying condition that is aggravated or becomes worse due to a work accident, you are entitled to compensation benefits.
In addition to receiving benefits for workplace injuries, you are also eligible for compensation if you suffer an illness because of exposure to chemicals, fumes, or other hazardous substances in the course of your employment.
Psychological injuries, such as those resulting from workplace stress, may also be covered, although proving such claims is very difficult.
Employer health care providers
An employer may require an injured employee to choose a health care provider from a designated list and receive treatment from that provider for an initial 90 day period. In order for this rule to take effect, however, the employer must properly post a list and give written notice to employees of their medical treatment rights before any injury occurs.
Specific Loss benefits
An injured worker who loses a body part through amputation, or loses a bodily function such as hearing or vision, may be eligible for specific loss benefits in addition to wage loss benefits.
If a worker dies due to a work injury within 300 weeks of the date of the injury, his or her family and dependents may have the right to receive weekly benefits and money for burial expenses.
Contact Larry Pitt & Associates
Please contact the law firm of Larry Pitt & Associates at 888-PITT-LAW or fill out the consultation form on this website for more information about workers compensation. Larry Pitt & Associates helps clients with workers compensation issues in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery & Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania.