Helping Hurt Workers in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Carlisle, Hanover, & York
If you have suffered a serious injury at work, or while on the job, and if your employer is somehow blaming you for the injury and seems annoyed by your situation, you need a lawyer's help. All too often, you have doctor bills piling up for treatment of the work injury, only making matters worse. The last thing you need to worry about after a work injury is all of these distractions because of a denied or reduced claim.
You need to worry about you, about healing up and getting back on the job. Let a lawyer worry about the rest.
Have You Been Injured on the Job? One Call Does It All!
Workers’ compensation law can be complex; however, our experienced Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorneys can help you navigate this difficult process and ensure that your legal rights are protected throughout each step of case proceedings. Our Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyers are committed to helping employees who have suffered work-related injuries and medical conditions. Our law firm has offices located in Lancaster, Harrisburg, Carlisle, Hanover, and York areas to help serve the needs of our clients throughout Pennsylvania. Since 1922, we’ve established ourselves as one of the largest firms in the area.
Call (888) 498-3023 to begin a free case evaluation.
Are You Eligible for Workers' Compensation?
All Pennsylvania based employees qualify for some form of workers' compensation. Workers' compensation comes into effect when an employee is injured on the job and is entitled to medical and wage loss benefits. Among the employees that DO NOT qualify for workers' compensation are:
- Federal Workers
- Railroad Workers
- Sole Proprietors
- Domestic Based Workers
- Agriculture Laborers
- Casual Laborers
If you do fall into one of these categories, there is a chance you may be covered under the Federal Employee Compensation Act (FECA). In addition, if you are a domestic worker, you do have the option to purchase a private form of workers' compensation at your own expense.
Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law
Under Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law, injured employees have the right to workers’ compensation benefits regardless of how their injuries occurred. An employee must inform their employer immediately of an injury and consult a medical professional to evaluate the extent of their injuries. There are reporting requirements and time limits to receiving your benefits; according to the U.S. Department of Labor, an employee has 120 days to report an injury to their employer. As a result, you should not hesitate to contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Common Workplace Injuries
Unfortunately, work can be a dangerous environment. Employees are injured every day while they perform their job duties. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the greatest number of work-related claims involve the lower back and knees being the most common areas for overall injuries. The most common injuries sustained in the work place being strains and sprains.
Other common injuries include:
- Puncture Wounds
- Occupational Illness
When an injured worker has difficulty getting medical bills paid or finds themselves under surveillance or harassed by their employer’s insurance company, a workers’ compensation lawyer can help.
Workers' Compensation Claim
Workers' compensation cannot be paid out until a claim has been filed, either by their employer or by the employee. An employee has 120 days to file a workers' compensation claim and must be accepted or denied within 21 days of filing a claim. It is important to inform your employer of the injury immediately after its occurrence, see a medical professional to access the extent of your injury, and begin filing the necessary paperwork to take full advantage of your benefits.
Why Was My Claim Denied?
It is always a difficult process applying for workers' compensation, however this can be made worse by a claim which is denied. A workers' compensation claim may be denied for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to:
- Exceeding the Time Limit
- No Medical Diagnosis
- Lack of Medical Evidence
- Intentional Accidents
- Insufficient Information
If you are denied for workers' compensation this may lead to loss of wages and a build up of medical expenses that could lead to financial hardships. However, it is within an employees' rights to appeal any workers' compensation decision.
Skilled Representation from Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Lawyers!
Our workers’ compensation attorneys have helped thousands receive benefits and recover lump-sum settlements. Our lawyers will advise you and handle your claim from start to finish, so you can focus on healing and getting back to work.
If you were injured on the job, contact Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLP to begin your journey!