The Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act provides medical benefits and payment for lost wages to employees who sustain a work-related injury or illness through the course of employment. Note that your urgent and follow-up care must be obtained by approved physicians/facilities in order to be eligible for Workers' Compensation benefits.
All new employees should review the Workers' Compensation Injury/Illness Forms Packet [pdf], which contains important forms:
- Information Form—sign and return to Human Resources Benefits Office
- Acknowledgement of Employee Rights and Duties—sign and return to Human Resources Benefits Office
- Supervisory Injury/Illness Report—retain and complete if you become ill or injured on the job
- Workers' Compensation Medical Panel—a list of approved Workers' Compensation medical providers
When you become injured or ill on the job ...
You must follow this procedure in order to be awarded workers' compensation.
- If your injury is severe, call 911 for immediate transportation to CONCENTRA or UPMC Shadyside for emergency treatment.
- Inform your manager ASAP (within 24 hours) so that you and s/he can complete a Supervisor's Injury/Illness Report and the Acknowledgement of Employee Rights and Duties forms.
- If your injury is not an emergency, call CONCENTRA at 412-621-5430 to schedule an appointment.
- If your injury does not appear to require medical attention, still complete the forms to put the injury on record, in case medical attention should become necessary later.
- Your follow-up care will be provided for the next 90 days by a Panel Physician [pdf] at CONCENTRA. If you do not choose to have your follow-up treatment provided by a Panel Physician, you will pay all expenses yourself.
- After 90 days, if additional treatment is required, you can choose your own physician after notifying your supervisor and the Benefits Office within five days.
Through Workers' Compensation, you can receive the following benefits:
- Payment of Medical Expenses—Reasonable and necessary medical expenses are paid for work-related injuries or illnesses even if the employee does not miss any days away from work. Medical benefits are paid for as long as the employee requires treatment for the work related injury or illness.
- Replacement of Lost Wages—An employee is paid a portion of his/her salary if the employee is unable to work due to a work-related disability, up to a maximum amount per week as provided by law. Payment begins after seven calendar days. This is known as the "waiting period." If an employee is unable to work for more than 14 calendar days, then benefits begin retroactively as of the date of disability.
- Specific Loss Benefit—Benefits are payable, in specified amounts as defined by law, for the loss of vision, hearing, and/or the use of a limb, including fingers and toes.
- Disfigurement Benefits—Benefits are payable for serious, permanent disfigurement of the head, face or neck.
- Death Benefits—An employee's dependents may claim benefits if an employee dies due to a work-related injury or illness.