Frequently Asked Workers' Comp Questions

If I am injured at work, what should I do?

If I am receiving workers' compensation benefits, can the insurance carrier stop my benefits?

Can I receive both Pennsylvania workers' compensation and Social Security Disability?


If I am injured at work, what should I do?

You should immediately notify your employer of the work-related injury. If the employer has a policy for reporting injuries, you should follow it. Otherwise, the notification should describe how the injury occurred, when it occurred and the injury you suffered. If the employer has a list of approved health care providers, you must be treated with them for the first (90) days. The employers' workers' compensation carrier has (21) days to accept or reject the claim. You should contact Casale & Bonner, P.C., for a full explanation of your rights.

If I am receiving workers' compensation benefits, can the insurance carrier stop my benefits?

If you are receiving wage loss benefits and have not returned to work, the insurance carrier generally cannot stop your benefits without first filing a petition and after a hearing receiving permission of a workers' compensation judge. If you have returned to work at the same rate of pay, the carrier may then stop your wage loss benefits upon notice to you. In the event there may be a change in your benefits, you should contact Casale & Bonner, P.C., in order to review your rights.

Can I receive both Pennsylvania workers' compensation and Social Security Disability?

If, as a result of a work injury, you are unable to both return to your time of injury job and are disabled from performing any other type of job, you may receive both workers' compensation and Social Security Disability. There is an offset (reduction) of the Social Security Disability benefit, as the combination of benefits cannot exceed 80 percent of your pre-injury wages with workers' compensation being primary, or approximately two-thirds of the wage loss up to the statutory maximum.


Casale & Bonner, P.C., has the answers to your workers' compensation claim questions. Call us at 570-326-7044.