Workers’ Compensation in Pennsylvania

Dec 10, 2019

Although most Pennsylvania workers know what workers’ compensation is and what it does, not everyone is familiar with the history of this form of compensation for those injured on the job.

It has been close to a century since the adoption of the first workers’ compensation laws. These laws are considered to offer greater clarity and less risk to workers and employers in dealing with on-the-job injuries and illnesses. The idea was to remove these types of grievances from the civil justice system and directly deal with them through no-fault compensation.

While it was a great idea, the implementation process got more complex and complicated over time. Due to administrative changes, questionable adversarial interests and ongoing tensions in play due to different policy goals the system became overwhelming. Unfortunately, while the bureaucracy got worse and slower, the workers needing help were the ones who suffered, and at times, they still pay the price of trying to access Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation system.

Although there have been some significant legislative changes to the workers’ compensation system over the years, specifically in 1993, 1996 and 2006, there is still a great deal of work to be done to achieve the kind of simple system first envisaged almost a century ago. Even with various studies of the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation system, questions remain about how the system delivers medical care, safety, resolves disputes and restores lost income. Much like the cumbersome U.S. immigration system, most state workers’ compensation systems need overhauling to address the needs of the workers and not the administration.

Because of some of the glitches in the existing system and those that have developed over time, it is best to reach out and connect with an experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at Melaragno, Placidi & Parini. We have decades of substantial experience working within the existing framework of the workers’ compensation laws. We know how to help you achieve the compensation you deserve.

Our primary focus when working with an injured worker is to address their needs and help them not only understand how the system works, but how to navigate their way through a claim. We do not quit until we have a good outcome for injured workers. If you have any questions about a possible case, please give us a call today. We are here to answer your questions. At Melaragno, Placidi & Parini, we can be your voice to navigate a complex compensation system.

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