Workers ‘ Comp Laws Vary Widely From State to State

Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law is like no other State. I mean no disrespect by that statement; truly, PA workers comp is unique, like in every other State. Unlike Federal laws which may be of concern to an injured worker, such as Social Security Disability (SSD) or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which apply to any injured worker in the United States, each State has its own set of workers’ compensation laws.

The difference between workers’ comp laws from State to State is tremendous. For instance, in Pennsylvania, once an injured worker is receiving workers’ compensation benefits, the workers’ compensation insurance carrier usually must get the permission of a Workers’ Compensation Judge to stop the benefits. In some other States, the workers’ compensation insurance company can simply stop paying benefits on its own. Also, in PA, the Employer, or workers’ compensation insurance company, can only control treatment, at most, for the first 90 days. After that time, if not before, an injured worker in Pennsylvania can select his or her own doctor.

On the down side, in PA, once an injured worker returns to work with no loss in wages, there is usually no more money due the injured worker. There is no compensation for the injured worker who can no longer take part in pleasurable activities (as long as the injured worker can do his or her job, according to PA law, no compensation is payable). In some other States, an injured worker who returns to work can still get money for his “percentage of impairment.”

So, while you are looking at the information out there, including on this Blog and on the Brilliant & Neiman LLC website, please keep in mind that every State has different workers’ comp laws. If your case is not a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation case, the information here may or may not apply to you. We would strongly recommend you talk to an attorney licensed in the State in which you were injured. Follow this link for helpful information regarding workers’ compensation laws in other States.