Those who are injured on-the-job can easily become overwhelmed with anxiety and stress. Hurt workers might have some or all of the following concerns swirling around in their heads:
- Can I still work?
- Should I still work?
- What happens if I can’t work?
- Should I talk to my employer about how I’ve been injured?
- What will my employer think if I complain about my injury and an unsafe work condition?
These are just some of the concerns that come up in workplace accident cases. Pennsylvania workers should find some comfort in knowing that they have rights meant to provide for them in the case of a worker’s injury.
Pennsylvania has strict workers’ compensation laws. Not only are employers required to have workers’ compensation insurance, but all types of workers are protected by that benefit. Examples of workers who should be covered by workers’ comp insurance are full-time, part-time, seasonal and temporary workers. Chances are high that you will fit into one of these protected categories.
What should you do following an injury? A workers’ comp claim cannot be filed until your employer is involved. Therefore, if you have been hurt or become sick because of work, you will need to report the issue to your employer. Once the incident has been reported and you have missed work following the injury, your employer will file a report with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
The process can be frustrating to an injured worker because they must rely on their employer and then the bureau in order to receive the compensation they need. The required level of collaboration can leave an employee feeling helpless. By working with a workers’ compensation lawyer who is on their side and whose goal is to serve the worker’s best interests, the victim of a work injury can regain some control, power and visibility over the situation.