If you are employed in Pennsylvania, it is important for you to know about the laws related to your employment and the benefits you may have access to regarding or because of your employment. One type of benefits offered to most workers in the state is workers' compensation. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, this program is designed to help people after they have been injured at work, developed an illness related to a work environment or situation or have lost a loved one in a work-related incident.
There are various job-related risks that workers face in many fields, but some are especially dangerous. For example, those who work with dangerous machinery or regularly find themselves on the road may have a particularly high chance of becoming hurt or losing their life in an accident. Those who drive large trucks, delivery trucks and taxis face the risk of passing away in a traffic crash on a daily basis. Sadly, these accidents take place too frequently and can sometimes prove fatal.
If you accept a job in Pennsylvania, there are many things that you should expect from your employer. One of these things is the knowledge that you will be granted access to appropriate health care or other benefits if you are hurt while at work. These things are granted to you via laws in place that created the state's workers' compensation program.
Let’s say that your job requires you to drive a company car. Most days, you have no issues driving the vehicle; you drive from location to location with no problems. But one day, you are involved in a car accident. You suffer an injury, and now you wonder whether you can file a workers’ compensation claim. This depends on a variety of circumstances.