Pennsylvania employers are generally required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for any employees working in Pennsylvania. For 110 years Powell Law attorneys, past and present ,have represented injured workers. and encountered, probably too regularly, the situation where a worker is injured and the employer has no workers’ compensation insurance.
The Pennsylvania General Assembly created the Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund (UEGF) in 2006 for this specific situation. The UEGF was formed to provide medical treatment and lost wages to workers who would have no remedial alternative otherwise, thus achieving the public policy humanitarian objectives of the Workers’ Compensation Act.
The UEGF is funded by an assessment charged to insurance carriers and self-insured employers in Pennsylvania. The UEGF compensates an injured worker from injury, through recovery and return to the job or until the injured worker has sufficiently recovered to return to work at the same rate of pay. Because of the strict and complicated procedures that apply to claims against UEGF, it makes sense to consult an experienced Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney.
In the past, the UEGF allowed unlimited time to file claims and payment of lost wages without verification. However, new legislation passed in 2014 made changes to the UEGF system that provides for medical treatment of injured workers by a list of designated health care providers.
Also, claimants are now required to file a claim within 180 days of the currently required notice to the fund, as well as provide proof of wages before filing a claim. After a worker files notice of a claim against an uninsured employer, she has twenty-one (21) days to file a Claim Petition for Benefits From the Uninsured Employer and the Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund.
Powell Law’s decades of experience make it the clear and obvious choice for representation in workers’ compensation matters in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and surrounding areas. Consult an experienced Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney for situations involving uninsured employers and the UEGF. Contact Powell Law at (570) 961-0777. The consultation is FREE!