Workers' compensation rights can arise from many situations. Essentially, as long as an individual suffers injuries that arise out of and fall within the scope of the injured worker's employment, then compensation may be recoverable. The benefits provided by workers' compensation can be far-reaching, helping injured workers recover lost wages and pay medical expenses. This aid can be pivotal in allowing an injured individual to reach a full recovery and get back to work.
To highlight an example of when workers' compensation can be received, one can look to a Pennsylvania woman who was granted workers' compensation after her son slashed her throat in her sleep. The woman, who agreed to care for her son under a government contract, conducted her work where the incident occurred. As a result of the attack, the woman lost function of her left arm and suffered post-traumatic stress disorder. Though her claim was initially denied by the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board, a state appeals court overruled that decision, granting the woman workers' compensation.
Though this may seem like an extreme example of when one is entitled to workers compensation, it is important for Pennsylvania residents to know when workers' compensation can apply. This way, should a workplace accident leave him or her injured, he or she will know the legal steps that can be taken in an effort to obtain the money he or she needs to recover.
As evidenced by this case, the legal process surrounding workers' compensation claims can be complex. Fortunately, an attorney can help simplify the process, provide clarity, and vigorously fight for the injured worker's best interests. After all, workers put their very lives on the line for their employers. So, when workplace injuries occur, these employers should take care of their employees. An attorney will fight to make that happen.
Source: The Claims Journal, "Pennsylvania Woman Stabbed by Son Granted Worker's Comp Benefits," Mark Scolforo, Jan. 10, 2014