The Pennsylvania workers' compensation program is designed to provide financial assistance to individuals who suffer an injury while on the job or who become sick due to their work environment. However, the complexity of the claims process sometimes makes obtaining all of the available benefits a challenge for an injured or ill worker.
By law, most Pennsylvania employers must carry workers' compensation in the event any employee incurs a work-related illness or injury. Under the insurance claim, workers may be entitled to receive certain payments based on the severity of their workplace injury or illness.
Pennsylvania residents may be interested in a ruling that occurred in a Richmond, Virginia court, in which changes in health care reform will allow widows of coal miners to receive benefits. Originally, widows were unable to receive benefits unless they were able to certify that their husbands' deaths were caused by pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. In 2010, their status changed because the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act brought back a 1978 ruling that stated that dependents of the deceased could collect benefits if the miner was eligible when he died, regardless of his cause of death.