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And Another Thing...

Although there are many, many different scenarios that can occur and can be argued by both the employee, the employer and their workers’ compensation carrier as to what constitutes a compensable work injury, all claims must start with the basics.  In order to establish a right to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation, an employment relationship during which an injury or accident occurs in the course of employment, and is related to the actual employment, is required.

The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act is applicable to all injuries occurring in Pennsylvania, no matter where the contract of hire. 

What if injuries occur outside of Pennsylvania?  Is there any way to bring those within the purview of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act?  Yes, possibly……….In the mid-1970s, extraterritorial provisions were introduced which would bring certain cases within the Act if:

  • The employment is principally localized in PA; or
  • The employee is working under a contract of hire made in PA in work not principally located in any state; or
  • The employee is working under a contract of hire made in PA in work principally located in another state whose workers’ compensation law is not applicable to his/her employer; or
  • The employee is working under a contract of hire made in PA for employment outside the US or Canada.

This is just the tip of the iceberg with regard to whether particular injuries are compensable in Pennsylvania; however this is your starting point.  Keep in mind that each case is unique and must be reviewed on a case by case basis.  Your workers’ compensation carrier is to work with your company and perform the necessary investigations to determine whether an alleged injury should be accepted or denied.        



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