Each year, thousands of employees suffer injuries, illnesses or even die on the job. Every employee has the right to receive compensation for lost wages, medical costs and other damages. However, workers’ compensation laws and regulations are detailed and often tricky to figure out on your own. Having a lawyer at your side during the process can relieve stress and make it easier to get the full benefits you deserve.
When your claim is denied, you have limited time
Complex laws rule your workers’ compensation process. A lawyer can help ensure you reach the strict deadlines of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, including:
- You must report your on-the-job injury or job-related illness to your employer within 120 days
- If denied, you must file a Claim Petition within three years of the date of your injury or illness
- If you suffered a workplace illness, it must have occurred within 300 weeks of your last date of employment to be applicable for workers’ compensation
Your employer or employer’s insurance company can deny your initial claim. If this happens, you must file your Claim Petition with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation for a hearing before a judge.
You may have additional opportunities to receive compensation
Workplace injuries often result from a person’s or company’s negligence. You may be able to bring a lawsuit against someone other than your employer to receive damages. If you were injured on property not owned by your employer, involved in a construction site accident, vehicular accident or injured by a defective product, some of the following people may be lawfully responsible to pay damages:
- Property owner
- Negligent driver or machine operator
- Product manufacturer
- General contractor or subcontractor
Call for a free consultation about your Pennsylvania workers’ compensation
Dealing with workers’ compensation laws and deadlines can be stressful and confusing. However, a workers’ compensation attorney with knowledge of Pennsylvania law and the details of your case can help get you the full compensation and benefits you deserve. Call Howard, Brenner & Nass, P.C for a free consultation in your home or at our office. We have three locations to better assist you throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Howard, Brenner & Nass, P.C.
1608 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
106 W. Front St.
Media, PA 10605