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Can temporary or contract workers apply for workers’ compensation?

On Behalf of | Aug 30, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

When workers get injured while working, it is important to know if temporary or contract workers can get workers’ compensation.

Pennsylvania, like many other states, has rules to protect all workers who get hurt while on the job.

Can temporary or contract workers get workers’ compensation?

Temporary and contract workers, sometimes called “non-traditional employees,” might wonder if they will get covered by workers’ compensation if they get hurt. The good news is that in Pennsylvania, these workers usually have the same rights as regular employees when it comes to workers’ compensation.

Who takes care of the workers’ compensation costs?

When a worker gets hurt while doing their job, the costs of things like medical bills and lost wages can turn into a lot to handle. By law, employers must have workers’ compensation insurance, no matter how big or small the company is. This insurance helps pay for things like medical bills and wages when employees get hurt while doing their jobs.

How does it work?

If a temporary or contract worker gets injured at work, they should tell their boss right away.  The employer then starts the process for the workers’ compensation claim. This means they give the worker the right forms to fill out about the injury. The injured worker should see a doctor approved by the workers’ compensation insurance plan for treatment.

In 2022, Pennsylvania had 167,254 workplace injuries in Pennsylvania, signaling that no one has immunity for getting injured on the job. Temporary and contract workers also have rights and steps they can take to get the compensation they deserve.