Pennsylvania Act 534 and Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act For Healthcare and Enforcement Workers – Facts To Know!

The official Enforcement Officer Disability Benefits Law of 1954 is often referred to as Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act. While PA Heart and Lung Act cover enforcement officers, including fight fighters, police officers, investigators, and special agents, Pennsylvania Act 534 offers similar benefits for hospital or healthcare workers.

The crux of both acts is the same to provide compensation to the injured workers in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Act 534 and Heart and Lung Act
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Facts About PA Act 534 and Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act:

Here are some crucial facts about Pennsylvania’s Act 534 and the Heart and Lung Act that every injured worker needs to know before filing a claim:

Who Is Entitled To Act 534 Or PA Heart And Lung Act Benefits?

Under Pennsylvania Act 534, all the workers of state hospitals, youth development centers, department of human service, state centers, Pennsylvania penal and correctional institutions, and mental hospitals are covered in case of an injury at work.

The Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act cover enforcement officers employed by the state police department, correctional centers, law enforcement agencies, investigation firms, judiciary, and more.

Here’s a visual overview:

Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act

What Do You Get If You Are Eligible For Act 534 Or Heart And Lung Benefit?

An employee or injured worker eligible for Act 534 or Heart and Lung compensation is entitled to full, base salary. The employer pays the salary. Work comp benefits that may be payable are either paid directly to the employer by the insurer or must be turned over by the injured worker to the employer (i.e., State).

What Is The Criteria For PA Heart And Lung Act Or Act 534?

You may have a Pennsylvania Work Comp claim but not an Act 534 or Heart & Lung Act claim. For a Heart and Lung claim to be available, the injury must occur during the performance of one’s duties. Under Act 534, the injury must be due to “an act of any inmate or any person confined in such institution.”

FAQ: Can I have an Act 534 or Heart and Lung Act Claim and PA Work Comp Claim at the same time?

What If Your Pennsylvania Act 534 Or Heart And Lung Act Claim Is Denied?

You have the right to a DUE PROCESS hearing. If you are covered under the Heart and Lung Act or Act 534, you are entitled to a due process hearing if your benefits are denied or prior to any termination of benefits.

What Is The Notice Requirement For The Pennsylvania Act 534 Or PA Heart And Lung Law?

Unlike Pennsylvania Work Comp cases, there is no notice requirement (i.e., a time limit imposed for informing your employer about what happened) nor a statute of limitation (a time limit for when you must file a claim) for a claim under Heart and Lung and Act 534. In Pennsylvania Work Comp cases, an injured worker has three years to file a claim or he/she is forever barred.

Best Heart And Lung Act Attorney In Pennsylvania: Contact Now!

For more information about the Heart and Lung Act in Pennsylvania or Act 534, call or email experienced Pennsylvania attorney Michael W. Cardamone of The Cardamone Law Firm at 215-206-9068 or Michael@Cardamonelaw.com for a free and prompt analysis of your case. Our Heart and Lung Act Lawyers in Pennsylvania are equipped with knowledge and experience to guide you through the process and help you navigate through the case.


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