Helping Nurses Whose Workers’ Compensation Was Denied

July 15, 2015

Nurses are a higher risk than much of the population for suffering back injuries on the job. Daily duties include routine heavy lifting, and when injuries happen on the job, you are entitled to compensation. But sometimes nurses are denied benefits even though they deserve them. When that happens, Larry Pitt & Associates in Philadelphia can help.

Nurses deserve better

Terry Cawthorn was a nurse for more than 20 years. On her 45th birthday, she was helping to move patient from a gurney to a bed when she felt a hot pain in her spine. She had trouble walking later that day, and reported the incident to her supervisor the next day.

Over the following week, Cawthorn injured her back twice more, both times while moving a patient. She had back surgery at her own hospital, and the hospital staff agreed that her injuries happened on the job. The hospital’s lawyer disagreed. Cawthorn was declared unfit for duty due to her injuries and terminated.

In Cawthorn’s case, her workers’ compensation claim was complicated by her termination by the hospital. Her employer denied her medical benefits and retaliated against her valid claim by firing her. Both the hospital and its insurance company employ a lot of lawyers, and unless you’re well-versed in Philadelphia workers’ compensation law, the best course of action in this case is to hire a skilled workers’ compensation attorney.

Why you need a workers’ compensation lawyer

The more complicated your situation is, the more likely it is that hiring a skilled workers’ compensation attorney can be the difference between winning and losing your claim. If your work-related injury is severe enough to require surgery, and you may not fully recover, you could be eligible for a permanent partial disability award from workers’ compensation. A good Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorney can help you prove your case.

Philadelphia has a statute of limitations of three years on filing workers’ compensation claims. If you have been injured on the job, contacting a skilled attorney today can mean that your medical needs and bills are taken care of on time.

If you are suffering from a work-related injury and have been denied a workers’ compensation claim, we want to hear from you. We have successfully represented workers throughout Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. Please contact Larry Pitt & Associates today.