May I recover any penalties against my employer's insurance company for excessive delays in paying the benefits?

The Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act imposes upon employers and insurance companies penalties of up to fifty percent on late or illegally suspended benefits, which may be obtained by filing a penalty petition with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers Compensation. However, the employer and insurance company may be able to avoid payment of penalties if they can show a reasonable basis for the non-payment. Attorney's fees may be recovered as well under certain circumstances, primarily involving a judge’s finding that the employer did not have a reasonable basis for contesting your claim.