I don’t want to file for benefits because I don’t want to cause trouble at work.
The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act was adopted in 1915. Before the “Act,” injured workers had no ability to seek income for lost wages or for medical benefits from their Employer’s after suffering a work injury. Because those workers had no chance to support themselves or their families before the Act was established, most workers returned to their jobs despite suffering serious injuries. Often times the injuries worsened, making the worker incapable of doing anything, let alone being able to support their families.
The “Act” was implemented to provide workers the ability to seek medical care and lost wages for injuries sustained while working. Some injured workers do not take advantage of the benefits available to them for fear they will be seen by their Employer as troublemakers. A worker who continues to work despite suffering an injury may cause their injury to worsen because they are not capable of performing their job duties. Sometimes their injuries become permanent.
It is important that you speak with a knowledgeable Workers’ Compensation attorney to discuss what benefits are available to you. With proper medical care, a treatable injury will get better and not cause further wage loss. With an attorney’s help, some Employers will even agree to modify your job duties to accommodate your physical restrictions while you recover. Even if you feel you can push through the pain, it is important to discuss your options with an experienced attorney.