In the early 1900's, the industrial revolution led to an increase in the number of industrial injuries. With no workers compensation laws in effect at the time, injured employees had to seek compensation through the civil tort system which was slow and employers had no way of calculating the prospective damages.
The original worker's compensation system was designed to benefit both the employee and employer. Through this system, the employer agreed to provide medical and wage replacement benefits and the injured employee agreed to give up his/her right to sue the employer. Employers benefited from being protected from damage suits and could now more easily calculate production costs. The employee benefited by having a quick way to seek compensation.
Pennsylvania Worker's Compensation Act
Today the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act (Act) provides for your medical expenses and wage-loss compensation benefits until you're able to go back to work. If an employee suffers an injury, illness, or disease, caused by the work place then he or she maybe entitled to workers compensation. Employees are covered by worker's compensation from the date that they are hired for employment, however notice must be given to the employer no later than 120 days after the injury for compensation to be allowed.
In the present day and age, workers' compensation litigation has evolved into an intricate web of legal complexities. Although you can represent yourself in your workers compensation suit, your employer or your employer's insurance carrier will be represented by an experienced attorney. It is the feeling of this law firm that you should have the same type of expert working for you. If you believe that you have a worker's compensation law suit call (412-921-1605) or e-mail for a free consultation.