If you are injured at work, you may wonder whether you need to hire a workers’ compensation attorney. The answer depends on the circumstances of your case. You may not need to hire a workers’ comp lawyer if: your injury is relatively minor; your employer does not dispute your claim; or the injury does not cause you to miss work.
However, most people benefit from having an experienced attorney on their side, especially when their employer disputes the claim. If any of the following statements apply to your case, contact a Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. as soon as possible for a free consultation.
Under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, you are entitled to payment for all reasonable and necessary medical expenses associated with your workplace injury, including surgeries, medicine, physical therapy, and even travel costs to and from your doctors’ appointments. However, your employer may require you to choose from a list of designated healthcare providers and receive treatment from one of those providers for at least the first 90 days.
Many employers will deny claims for workers with pre-existing conditions. However, as a Pennsylvania employee, you are entitled to compensation, even if you have a pre-existing injury, as long as it was aggravated by your work activities or environment. Legal counsel is recommended in cases involving pre-existing conditions because they tend to be more complex than traditional workers’ compensation cases.
Time Out of Work
If you missed more than seven days of work due to your injury, you may be eligible to receive either temporary or permanent disability benefits. The amount of wage loss compensation you will receive depends on your level of impairment and whether you are unable to return to the job you had before your injury, or whether you are unable to return to any type of work at all.
If Your Initial Workers’ Compensation Claim is Denied
Employers and their insurance companies often try to avoid accepting financial responsibility for workers’ injuries and may therefore deny workers’ compensation claims. If your initial claim was denied, you have the right to appeal. A workers’ compensation attorney can help ensure that you follow the requisite procedure, that all necessary forms are filed in a timely manner, and that all pertinent information is included so that you have the best chance of prevailing on appeal.
Entitlement to Benefits
Even if you are already receiving benefits, you may not be getting the maximum compensation to which you are entitled. Our Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers can review your case to see if there is any potential third-party liability. If someone other than your employer is responsible for your injuries, you may be entitled to additional damages such as pain and suffering.