Many of our hard working families have members of their families that work for big trucking companies and drive trucks all across the United States. They may live here in Pennsylvania, but could be driving anywhere. It is important to know your rights as an injured worker in these circumstances.
If you or a loved one suffered a work injury while driving a truck over the road, it is important to document the facts and circumstances. A lot of the trip can have a major impact on where you are allowed to filed a claim for workers compensation benefits.
The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court recently issued a decision reviewing the jurisdiction of the workers compensation courts under the PA Workers Compensation Act. In the case of Watt v. WCAB, 53 C.D. 2015 (decided on September 15, 2015), the Court looked at a truck driver who was injured in the scope of his employment. The truck driver was a resident of PA, but was employed by a trucking company based out of Alabama. The trucking company did regular business in Pennsylvania as well. However, because the truck driver was injured in New Jersey and the trucker had signed an employment contract that said his employment was principally located in Alabama, then the PA Courts could not hear his claim.
It is important to review all employment contracts before signing them and starting to work for a big company. We at Abrahamsen, Conaboy and Abrahamsen help injured workers every day. Please call us for help whenever you have suffered a work injury!