In Pennsylvania, you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits from day one!  As long as you are working your job, as defined by your job description and you are injured, making you unable to work your job, you can file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. 

You must meet the following requirements, however, to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.  

It is always a good idea to write down or journal how the injury occurred, when, and where. Keep in mind that even if you meet the requirements, the workers’ compensation carrier may still deny your claim, and your claim may go to a workers’ compensation judge to ultimately decide if you are entitled to receive wage loss and medical benefits. 

If you do have to file a Claim Petition, the burden of proof is on you to prove that you gave “notice” timely and properly to your employer and that you have medical evidence to substantiate your claim.  The medical evidence would come through your treating physician and he or she must be willing to document and testify that your work injury caused you to lose time from work and is disabling. 

It is best to consult with and retain a seasoned workers’ compensation lawyer to help you pursue your case, giving you the best chance of winning through to get the wage loss and medical benefits you deserve.