Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ Compensation

When employees are hurt on the job, workers’ compensation is a crucial shield that protects them from large medical bills and lost wages. If you’ve been injured at work, it’s always best to file a claim promptly and earn what you deserve.

Almost all employers in Pennsylvania are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. However, even if your employer has the right insurance, it can be a frustrating uphill battle to receive the benefits when you need them.

If you’re fighting a denial, or need advice as you navigate this process, we’re here to support you on the road to recovery.

How to Claim Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system. That means that, even if you were partly responsible for the accident, you’re eligible for workers’ compensation. If the incident happened in the workplace, while you were performing your normal job duties, you should go ahead and file a claim.

Legally, you have to report the injury to your employer within 120 days, but the sooner you make your claim, the faster you can receive the compensation you’re owed. 

After they receive your report, your employer will forward your claim to the insurance company. Ideally, the insurance company will approve your claim, and you’ll start receiving benefits right away—it should be that simple. 

Unfortunately, many workers’ compensation claims are denied every year.

What to Do if Your Claim is Denied

If your claim is denied, don’t give up. You have several opportunities to appeal the decision and ultimately earn back what you deserve. 

The first step is to file with the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board. You must do this within 20 days of being denied.

If the Board still doesn’t decide in your favor, there are other steps we can take together.

Third-Party Claims

Not all workplace injuries count as workers’ compensation cases. Sometimes accidents that happen on the job are actually considered personal injury claims. These cases involve a third party who isn’t associated with your employer. 

Say you work on a construction site and a co-worker causes an accident that leaves you injured. This would be an example of a workers’ compensation case.

On the other hand, say you work on that same construction site, but you’re injured by a defective chainsaw or forklift. If the manufacturer of that equipment was negligent, you would file a personal injury claim against the manufacturer.

We can help you figure out who should be held accountable in your situation.

Reach Out If You’ve Been Injured At Work

If you’ve suffered an injury at work, you deserve to know and exercise your rights. We can help you pursue the compensation and protection that you deserve, holding employers, manufacturers, and insurance companies accountable. Call us today at (570) 821-5717 to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.

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