If you are injured at work or are diagnosed with an occupational disease and inform your employer of this, your employer has an obligation to report this injury or illness to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (PDLI) and their workers’ compensation provider. If they fail to fulfill this obligation, you can file a petition with the Office of Adjudication at www.dli.pa.gov or can call the Claims Information Helpline at 800-482-2383.
The PDLI oversees and enforces the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act (WCA), which imposes certain obligations on employers throughout the state. Not only does the WCA require virtually all employers in Pennsylvania to carry workers’ compensation insurance, but they must make sure that their employees understand their rights and responsibilities regarding work-related injuries. They must display posters and provide individual employees with brochures that offer the information they need in the event of a work-related injury or illness.
What’s more, employers must keep records of every work-related injury or illness of which they become aware, whether this is through an employee’s notice or other means. These records must be available to the PDLI for inspection at any time.
Employers in Pennsylvania must file a written report with the PDLI:
- Within 48 hours of a fatal work-related injury; or
- Within seven days of any other work-related illness or injury.
They must file a copy of this report with their workers’ compensation insurance provider. If the employer is self-insured, a copy of this report must be filed with the person who is responsible for managing their compensation program.
If you were injured and your employer did not file a report with the PDLI, you can try to handle this on your own, or you can involve an experienced legal team to fight for your right to fair benefits. At Handler, Henning & Rosenberg, we’re passionate about helping injured workers like you. We know you are going through an extremely difficult time, but we also know how challenging it can be to navigate the workers’ compensation system without legal counsel.
Our attorneys know how to put the right amount of pressure on your employer to report your injury, so your claim receives the attention it deserves. We can also help if your petition has been denied, and we can consider whether third-party liability may apply, which could open the door to additional compensation under a personal injury lawsuit. If we take on your case, we will do everything in our power to help you get the support and care you need to move on.
Ready to find out how we can help you? Give us a call at (888) 498-3023 for your free consultation.