How to Get Accurate Information About Your Rights Under Workers' Compensation
March 23, 2016
By Marianne H. Saylor
Most workers never even think about workers’ compensation until they are injured. At that point, the worker is overwhelmed with being injured. Most information about their injury and claim is being provided by their employer or their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company. Unfortunately, employers and insurance companies are not obligated to tell an injured worker their rights under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. In fact, they are not even obligated to tell injured workers the truth about what injuries are covered under the Act.
It is not unlawful for an employer to tell an injured worker that their injury is not covered under workers’ compensation, when in fact it is covered. Employers and insurance companies often will tell injured workers that their injury isn’t being covered because it is a pre-existing condition. They will say this even though the injured worker may never have had treatment for the condition before. However, the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act specifically allows for aggravations of pre-existing conditions to be covered under the law.
Seek Third-Party Input on Workers’ Comp Info
Misinformation about what is covered by workers’ compensation is all too common. It is very important for injured workers to have someone to advise them of their rights when they get injured and are working through the initial stages of their claims. Relying on information from the employer or its insurance company almost certainly means that injured workers are being deprived of accurate information about their rights.
It is common that employers will tell injured workers that they cannot have a claim for an injury when they don’t have a specific date of injury. This is patently untrue because the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act considers injuries caused by repetitive work activities as an “injury” under the law. An injured worker can make a successful claim for a variety of injuries that are caused by repetitive work activities.
It is very important that injured workers have access to accurate information about their rights under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act immediately after they are injured. The workers’ compensation attorneys at Willig, Williams & Davidson are all certified by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. We offer free consultations for injured workers to ensure that they have accurate information about how their claim should be handled, including questions about treatment with workers’ compensation panel doctors and the length of time an injured worker must treat with those doctors. If you need accurate information on workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania, call the certified workers’ comp attorneys at Willig, Williams & Davidson at 800-631-1233.