Scranton Workers' Compensation Attorneys

Protecting your rights when you've been injured on the job in Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties

If you’ve been injured at work, you should know that you have a right to seek compensation for medical bills and lost wages. At The Law Firm of Cognetti & Cimini, we know, unfortunately, not all employers want you to be aware of your rights, and some may even refuse to file an accident report to avoid paying you the compensation you deserve. We have also seen cases where employers attempt to force injured employees back to work before they are fully healed.  Our attorneys have more than 60 years of combined experience helping clients navigate the workers' compensation process, and we’re ready to get you the help you need and deserve if you’ve suffered an on-the-job injury. We offer free consultations, so even if you decide not to pursue a claim now, documenting your injuries can protect your rights down the road.

Workers' compensation in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, if you suffer an injury while on the job or fall victim to a work-related illness, the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act  provides for coverage of your medical expenses. If you are unable to immediately return to work, wage-loss compensation benefits are available until you can do so. The act also provides death benefits to dependents of victims of work-related deaths.

If your work causes an injury, illness or disease, you may be entitled to several types of workers' compensation benefits, including those covering:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills
  • Uninsured employers
  • Permanent scarring
  • Amputation
  • Injuries resulting from defective products

You won’t receive compensation if your injury is intentionally self-inflicted or happens as a result of breaking the law (such as through illegal drug use).  Injuries sustained while intoxicated on the job also may not be covered.

Coverage for claims

Virtually every Pennsylvania worker is covered by the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act because employers are required to provide workers' compensation coverage for all employees, even part-time or seasonal workers. Even businesses with only one employee, nonprofits, and unincorporated businesses must comply with the workers' compensation guidelines outlined by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or run the risk of severe penalties.

These protections don’t mean, however, that your employer or its insurance company wants to pay your claim. Insurance companies have been known to fight workers every step of the way, which is why you should seek the experience of a skilled personal injury attorney to protect your rights and secure a fair settlement.

Call us today for a free workers compensation case evaluation

Contact The Law Firm of Cognetti & Cimini today at 570.955.3251 or online for a free consultation about your workers' compensation matter. We handle your case on contingency, so we don't get paid if we don't win. Our office is located near the federal courthouse, we offer flexible business hours and we have convenient parking.