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Who is eligible for a workers' compensation in Pennsylvania?

According to the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, if a worker sustains an injury or suffers an illness because of a work-related activity, that worker is eligible for compensation, which includes medical expenses and lost wages. Those benefits are made available to the worker until the person is able to return to work. Workers' compensation benefits are also available to workers' survivors in the event of a fatality that was caused by a work-related activity.

According to workers' compensation laws in Pennsylvania, all employees, including those who are part-time or seasonal, may claim compensation after a work-related injury or illness occurs. The state laws require that all employers, including workers in non-profit organizations and unincorporated businesses, comply with the law and provide workers' compensation coverage. However, federal employees, railroad employees, maritime workers, agricultural workers, domestic workers, volunteers and casual workers are not covered under the state's Workers' Compensation Act.

Accordingly, every worker is covered by workers' compensation insurance from the day the person is hired. Additionally, every worker is eligible for benefits under the act from the day of the injury or illness. However, if an injury or illness is self-inflicted, the worker is not eligible for benefits. It is also important to remember that a worker's disability must last seven days before the worker becomes eligible for workers' compensation. Payment is only made after a worker fails to resume duties within 14 days of the injury.

In the event of an injury or illness in the workplace, the incident must be reported immediately to the employer along with all necessary details. In order to receive workers' compensation, notice must be provided by the worker or a representative within a maximum of 120 days. Also, in the event of a workers' compensation denial, the worker must appeal the decision within three years. However, if that worker fails to give notification, that person will forfeit all rights toward the claim for workers' compensation.

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