Workers Comp News
Has Your Boss Misclassified You As an Independent Contractor to Avoid Paying the Worker’s Comp Benefits You Deserve?
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault program designed to provide medical and wage benefits to employees who have been injured on the job. If you’re suffering from a workplace injury, you are eligible for benefits even if your employer, you coworker, … Continue reading
Do You Qualify for a Lump-Sum Settlement for Your Workers’ Compensation Claim?
If you have been injured on the job or if you are suffering from an occupational illness, you are forbidden to sue your employer or coworkers, even if their negligence was responsible for hurting you. Instead, your employer is required—in … Continue reading
“Can I Work Elsewhere? Can I Retire?”: How Workers’ Comp Affects Your Employment Plans
The American workplace has changed profoundly over the last forty years. In the mid-1970s, it was still common for a man—yeah, men still made up the bulk of the labor force then—to plan to spend his entire career working in … Continue reading
The Top Story of 2012: The Collapse of Pennsylvania’s Statutory Employee Defense
The construction industry in Pennsylvania has long had a special loophole in the law when it comes to workers’ compensation claims: the statutory employee defense. On a typical construction site, one company—the general contractor—is responsible for coordinating and planning all … Continue reading
Hurricane Sandy, Deadly Mold, and Workers’ Compensation
Hurricane Sandy was the most noteworthy news story of the 2012 hurricane season. Although at its peak it was only classified as a Category 2 storm, Sandy devastated huge swaths of the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and in lost business … Continue reading
Your Boss Hasn’t Paid for Workers’ Comp Insurance: What Happens Next?
If you have been injured at work, your state workers’ compensation program protects you. Work-related injuries and occupational illnesses qualify for coverage that pays for your medical care and even a portion of your lost wages. Workers’ Comp is a … Continue reading
Getting the Mental Health Benefits You Need from Workers’ Compensation
In contrast to a decade ago, most Americans today have at least heard of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is an anxiety disorder triggered by an emotionally traumatic event. While most people have heard that soldiers returning from war zones … Continue reading
Changing Jobs While Keeping Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits
One sign that the U.S. economy has been improving is increased job mobility. People who are working feel they have greater freedom to leave their current jobs and switch to a different career track, even if there is short-term risk … Continue reading
Understanding Third-Party Lawsuits and Workers’ Compensation
Okay, by now you know the basic rules for comp. If you have been injured at work, it doesn’t matter whose fault it was. Regardless of whether you were hurt by the actions or negligence of a coworker, your employer—or … Continue reading
Beware These Workers’ Comp Investigator’s Tricks!
Imagine that you were hurt—injured fairly seriously, in fact—in a workplace accident. Ouch. Of course, you handled everything according to the rules. You knew that, for injuries on the job, you cannot sue your employer or coworker, even if they … Continue reading