There are no jury trials for workers’ compensation cases in Pennsylvania. The cases are heard before a Workers’ Compensation Judge- formerly called “Referees”.
The Workers’ Compensation Judges are fair-minded and objective. Now, of course, each judge has their own personality and experiences and opinions about things, so they are not identical. And, some have a reputation for rendering decisions that favor injured workers more than other judges, but overall, you really do see fair decisions based on the evidence presented.
Michael Cardamone- Fighting For Injured Workers In Pennsylvania