Filing a workers’ compensation benefits claim in Pennsylvania is not equal to filing a lawsuit. Workers’ compensation provides an injured worker who suffered from a work-related injury or illness the right of collecting benefits no matter who was at fault. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault benefits system (doesn’t matter if the employer or employee is to blame) that requires no lawsuit to be filed to receive their entitled compensation.
In the majority of circumstances, workers’ compensation is an exclusively used solution for work-related illnesses and injuries. This essentially means that, except for certain situations, a worker cannot sue their employer. They can however sue a third party if that third party bears some amount of responsibility for their sustained injuries or illness.
If you have been the victim of a workplace injury, you can contact a Calhoon & Associates, Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law firm, at 717-695-4722 or 877-291-WORK (9675) for a free consultation.