HAVE A WORKPLACE ILLNESS OR INJURED ON THE JOB AND NEED HELP?

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The Pennsylvania Federation of Injured Workers can help you understand your rights under the Pennsylvania Worker’s Compensation Act. If you need some information about Pennsylvania’s Worker’s Compensation System or you need a little support to make it through tough times the P.F.I.W. is here for you. We help injured workers because “An Injury to One is an Injury to All”!

WHAT IS A WORKPLACE ILLNESS OR INJURY?

If you are not sure what a workplace illness or injury P.F.I.W. has compiled a list of illnesses and injuries that fall under worker’s compensation. Many workers have illnesses and injuries they got from the workplace and they don’t know it. Many cancers and nerve damage comes from the workplace. If you need to know more.

WORKER’S COMPENSATION MANDATE

There is an opinion in law that explains what the purpose of the worker’s compensation act is to be; the only problem is finding a way to get the commonwealth to enforce it. The following is part of a decision handed out by Judge Robert Simpson: “The object of all interpretation and construction of statutes is to ascertain and effectuate the intention of the General Assembly.” 1 Pa. C.S.A. ยง1921(a). The ultimate goal of the workers’ compensation program is to make an injured employee whole. O’Brien v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (City of Philadelphia), 780 A.2d 829 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2001).

KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT

We have gathered information from the experience of injured workers to put together several informational publications. These publications are available to answer the questions injured workers have about workers compensation. We are constantly expanding the publications section as we hear from more injured workers about their experiences while on Pennsylvania worker’s compensation.

INFORMATIONAL PUBLICATIONS

We are always looking to add to these publications so if you have something that you think will be helpful to injured workers submit it to us for consideration to add.

MEDICAL TREATMENT

When injured on the job the injured worker must treat with a physician, the injured worker selects, from an Employer’s List of Defined Physicians Defined that is properly posted at the job site. It is important to know that there is a reason the employer has chosen that particular physician to be a company panel physician. The physician has agreed to treat any work injury with as little expense as possible. This may lead to the injury not receiving aggressive treatment necessary for a complete recovery.

Note: There are exceptions to this part of Pennsylvania Worker’s Compensation Act 57. Some employers do not follow the guidelines of the Employer’s List of Physicians Defined, therefore allowing the injured worker to choose the physician they want to be treated by. In Pennsylvania, injured workers must treat with a physician from an Employer’s List of Physicians Defined, for the first 90 days after the injury. After the 90 days injured workers can get the physician they choose.

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