PA Workers Comp and Layoffs

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Like all fields of law, deciphering a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation case is best done with an experienced attorney in your presence. This is because, unfortunately, most cases are not black and white. 
In this week’s post, we will discuss layoffs and how they pertain to a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation case. However, do keep in mind that, since each case is so different, it’s best to have your case evaluated and all of your questions answered by a certified Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney. 
If I am laid off after returning from PA workers’ comp, can I collect workers’ compensation again? 
If you come back to work after a work injury and are on light duty work, you are entitled to an automatic reinstatement of your temporary total disability (TTD) if you are laid off. If, on the other hand, you have returned to work after a work injury and are not under any work restrictions BUT still are suffering form the effects of your work injury, a petition may be filed to have your TTD benefits reinstated. 
Can I collect unemployment and PA workers’ compensation benefits at the same time?
It is possible to receive unemployment and PA workers’ compensation benefits at the same time. However, even if a worker is eligible for both of these benefits, it does not necessarily mean that receiving both of them is advisable. Applying for bother workers’ comp and unemployment will require two separate court cases, which can be time consuming. It’s best to consult with an experienced PA workers’ compensation attorney if you feel you are entitled to both unemployment and PA workers’ comp benefits. 
Can I be fired for anything related to my PA workers’ compensation case? 
In Pennsylvania, employers can fire employees for any reason as long as the decision does not violate any federal or state laws. Employers cannot fire somebody based on race, religion, or disability. Therefore, it is illegal to fire an employee simply for filing a workers’ comp claim against the company.  
If you have been injured on the job and live in the Harrisburg, Chambersburg, or Gettysburg area, you may entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. Contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 for a FREE evaluation. 
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