Employees who suffer from a work related injury, illness, disability or death are entitled to compensation from their employer under the Workers’ Compensation Act (“WCA”). Typically, these benefits include payments for lost wages and medical expenses incurred as a result of the injury.
The test for what constitutes a work-related injury in Pennsylvania is more relaxed than what some may believe. For example, in Berro v. WCAB (a Pennsylvania Case) claimant was injured in a work-related accident. He was prescribed physical therapy to treat the work-related injuries. While traveling to one of these physical therapy sessions, he was involved in a car accident and sustained injuries separate from the original work-related injuries. The Court ruled that the claimant was in fact eligible for workers’ compensation benefits for the injuries he sustained in the car accident, because the accident wouldn’t have happened if he hadn’t needed physical therapy for the first work-related injury.
If you are injured during the course of your employment, the attorneys at Leonard Sciolla have experience maximizing the workers’ compensation benefits available to you. If someone is directly responsible for your workplace injury, our attorneys can pursue a personal injury claim for additional compensation for your pain and suffering. Contact Greg Sciolla in our New Jersey office at (856) 273-6679 or call (215) 567-1530 for Christopher Fleming in our Philadelphia office.
Published August 1, 2016