How Do I Know if I Have a Workers’ Comp Claim?

October 23, 2017

It’s a common scenario: You’ve been injured on the job, and you’re not sure what to do next. The process of filing a workers’ compensation claim in Philadelphia can be complicated, extensive, and a little bit disheartening if you’re trying to do it all on your own. You’ll need to find a Pennsylvania workers’ comp attorney that can help you through the process of filing documents and claims. You might even need representation in hearings. Thinking about it all can be stressful and daunting.

But how do you even know if you have a claim?

Criteria for a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claim

When you’re spinning your wheels and wondering whether or not you have a valid workers’ comp claim, it’s always best to consult with your trusted attorney or legal team. If you’re not sure whether you should call, there’s a simple litmus test that can help you understand your likelihood of a valid claim.

Ask yourself:

  • Was I injured during the course of working and/or at my place of employment?
  • Did I have to take days off due to an injury or illness that occurred because of or at my job?
  • Have I lost out on salary or wages due to this injury?
  • Do I have medical bills to pay that were the result of the injury I sustained on the job?

If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you probably have a valid workers’ compensation claim.

The process of filing a claim doesn’t require the help of a Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorney, but we think it’s best to call one to consult with no matter what. You might file a claim and think, “This is easy!” But there are many reasons it’s smart to enlist the help of a lawyer — particularly for the process that comes next. You will have to submit medical records, there are administrative hearings, and you’ll need to be sure you have representation in case of a third party claim.

There are three major types of workers’ compensation benefits you can file for: medical benefits, wage benefits, and death benefits. Wage benefits include permanent partial disability, temporary total disability, permanent total disability, or specific loss benefits (if you’ve lost a body part or have been disfigured).

Larry Pitt & Associates is known for their aggressive advocacy of the Pennsylvania worker. We represent honest, hardworking people that have suffered work injuries and want to collect the restitution they deserve. Please call 888.PITT.LAW or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment to consult with us about your situation. We can tell you if you have a claim! Larry Pitt fights for injured workers in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties. Give us a call today!