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 Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation

For those injured on the job, life is suddenly filled with uncertainty and hardship. Pain and disabling injury are usually accompanied by loss of a paycheck. Medical and household bills begin piling up, and there is no way to meet expenses. Workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania provides coverage to help injured workers get back on their feet and return to work. Insurance companies may dispute or deny claims for all sorts of reasons, making a difficult situation even worse.

Remember, in most cases, you only have 120 days to file a workers’ compensation claim. Our attorneys want you to be fully aware and informed of your rights under the law. Martin Law takes pride in protecting workers and their families. All of our partners are certified specialists in workers’ compensation and strive to provide the best representation possible for every client. For nearly four decades our PA workers’ compensation lawyers have helped injured workers receive compensation to cover medical expenses, pay household bills, and put their lives back together again.


Workers’ Compensation Claims Process

The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation process can be a very complicated. When a worker is injured, the employer and insurance carrier may admit liability right away. However, if a claim must be litigated, it will follow the pattern shown. On average, it can take about a year to reach a decision. It is easy to see why it is so important to hire an experienced, reputable attorney.

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Injury

Worker sustains injury at work

2

Injury reported to employer or supervisor

Report injury to employer right away

3

First Report

Employers must report injury to their insurer immediately

4

Voluntary Payment

Within 21 days of the first report, the employer and insurance carrier accept liability

1

Denial of Payment

Within 21 days of the first report, the employer and insurance carrier deny liability

2

Worker Files Claim Petition

An employee has 3 years to file a claim petition

3

Case Assigned to Judge

Workers’ compensation case is assigned (by county) to a judge

4

Hearing

Hearing is scheduled, parties are notified and judge hears evidence and decides if more evidence is needed

5

Dispute Resolution

Judge schedules mediation; if no settlement is reached, parties can ask for a settlement conference with judge

6

Decision

Judge renders written decision

7

Appeal

Parties have 20 days to appeal to the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board

8

Commonwealth Court Appeal

If appeal to the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board fails, either party may appeal to Commonwealth Court

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Appeal

If appeal to the Commonwealth Court fails, either party may appeal to Pennsylvania Supreme Court

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Awards & Accomplishments

The workers' compensation attorneys at Martin Law have received numerous honors and awards—from other lawyers, neutral third-party publications and trusted consumer organizations. The achievement we are most proud of is simply being able to help the many decent, hardworking people who have suffered the misfortune of a work injury.