As businesses slowly reopen after the coronavirus, some furloughed and laid-off workers are moving into new positions. While they adapt to unfamiliar environments and procedures, they expose themselves to new workplace hazards, which means some could suffer injuries. Although these employees are new to the company, they likely still qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.
In general, employees are eligible for workers’ compensation on the day they begin working for an employer. If you slip and injure your leg a few hours into your first day on the job, the state grants you as much protection as someone who suffers the same injury after 10 years in the same position.
To qualify for workers’ compensation, you must generally meet three requirements:
1. You must be an employee of a company that carries workers’ compensation insurance. Almost all employers, with few exceptions, are required to have this insurance in Pennsylvania.
2. You must have a work-related injury or illness. This generally means your injury occurs or stems from an event in the workplace. In some cases, workers’ compensation covers workers when a pre-existing illness or condition is aggravated by on-the-job activities.
3. You must meet the Pennsylvania deadlines for reporting the injury and filing a workers’ comp claim. Pennsylvania has three important deadlines to meet:
If you have questions about any of these requirements, reach out to an experienced workers’ compensation attorney for guidance.
If you suffer an injury in the workplace, you should follow the procedures for reporting an injury as quickly as possible:
Following these steps protects your rights as an employee while ensuring you receive the medication attention you deserve.
Your employer and their insurance company may take every step possible to reduce the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve. Protect yourself with an experienced attorney. Contact Dugan & Associates to ensure you receive every penny you are entitled to.
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