Guide to Workers’ Comp in Pennsylvania

Guide to Workers' Compensation in Pennsylvania

Assisting Injured Workers in Pittsburgh Since 1970

The Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act is designed to provide workers with financial security after suffering a work-related injury. If you are injured during the course of your employment, workers' compensation benefits will serve as payment for the medical treatment, rehabilitation expenses, and lost wages you incur during your period of recovery.

At the Law Office of Melvin L. Vatz, we have an in-depth understanding of Pennsylvania's workers' compensation system. Since 1970, our workers' compensation lawyers have helped injured workers obtain workers' compensation benefits in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. We are committed to helping injured workers obtain and protect their workers' compensation benefits.


Contact our law firm today to schedule your free initial consultation: (412) 453-3341​.


Workers' Compensation Claim Procedures

When you have been injured at work, you have many worries:

  • What will happen if I can't come back to work?
  • How will my medical bills be paid?
  • Will I be paid for my lost wages?

If your claim is denied, we will answer all of these questions, and take all of the necessary steps to ensure you get all of the benefits that the law requires, utilizing our 35+ years of combined experience representing injured workers. You will not have to pay us any legal fees unless we are successful in obtaining or protecting your workers' compensation benefits. And we will pay the costs to pursue your case, such as obtaining your medical records and getting testimony from your doctors, if required.

In Pennsylvania, employers have 21 days to accept or reject workers' compensation claims. If the claim is denied, our firm can file a petition for a hearing before a workers' compensation judge. We will take steps to obtain and present all of the evidence necessary to obtain your benefits, including lost wages and medical benefits. If you have suffered permanent scarring to your head, neck or face as a result of your injury, or medical treatment for your injury, you may be entitled to additional compensation.

Challenges to Your Workers' Compensation Benefits

If you are receiving workers' compensation benefits, the insurance company may try to change or stop your benefits. If you get any notice of a petition to terminate, modify or suspend your benefits, you should contact our Pittsburgh workers' compensation attorney immediately for a free initial consultation. There are many ways that your benefits may be challenged:

  • Termination: If a doctor says that you can return to your previous job.
  • Modification: If you have started working at a different job or a vocational expert says that you are capable of earning an income (even if you are not working).
  • Impairment rating: If you have received total temporary wage loss benefits for two years, a doctor may be asked to evaluate you to determine what percentage of total disability you have (an "impairment rating").
  • Job search: You may be asked to go to job interviews for potential employment.
  • Light duty job: Your employer may try to create a different job for you within your medical limitations.

Any attempt by the insurance company and the employer to change or stop your benefits requires that you get prompt legal help. Our attorneys will not charge you a fee unless we are successful in defending against the attempt to stop or lower your benefits.

If you have questions about workers' compensation, we are here to help. Contact us at (412) 453-3341 for a free consultation!