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Should I file a workers' compensation claim or take other action?

Pennsylvania residents who have suffered work-related injuries have every right to question their options for seeking compensation. The vast majority of employers are required to provide workers' compensation coverage, and the benefits can cover quite a bit, but is it only way one can recover any damages sustained? It is the best option in many cases, but for a few filing intentional torts may be better.

How do workers' compensation benefits work?

Pennsylvania residents who have suffered injuries or illnesses while on the job, depending on their fields of employ, may be able to have their treatment costs and financial losses covered. This is made possible through workers' compensation benefits, something for which most employers are required to supply coverage. How does one gain access to these benefits and what do they cover?

My workers' comp. petition was denied. Now what?

You were injured at work. There is no doubt about your injuries, where they happened and how severe they are. However, a workers' compensation judge still denied your claim for the benefits that you need while you are unable to work. It is easy to be frustrated about Pennsylvania's complex, bureaucratic workers' comp. system. However, it is important that you don't lose hope. You have options, including filing an appeal.

Pennsylvania workers' compensation: Firefighter dies in crash

A Pennsylvania firefighter lost his life following a tragic accident while en route to a house fire. This incident occurred just recently in Harrisburg. As he was on the job when this event occurred, his family may pursue workers' compensation death benefits to help cover their losses. They may also seek further compensation and closure by filing a civil claim against the driver believed responsible for the car crash.

Can I see my own doctor for my workers' comp. benefits?

It is difficult for many people to go to a new doctor. We build lasting, trusting relationships with our doctors, and we trust that they have our best interests at heart. This is the same for anyone, whether a child, parent or someone dealing with a workplace injury or illness.

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