Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Upper Darby, PA
If You Have Been Injured at Work, Ask Our Workers’ Comp Attorneys in Upper Darby, PA for Help
A workplace injury can be devastating for you and your family. Work-related injuries or illnesses can cause crippling medical bills while suffering a loss of income. This can make paying your everyday bills very difficult to do, with the added medical expenses. Fortunately, for over a century, Pennsylvania has had workers’ compensation laws that can help reimburse victims and their families after an unexpected and debilitating workplace accident. It is a no-fault system, meaning that victims do not have to prove liability or fault for their injuries. Rather, workers just need to establish that the workplace injury or illness occurred or was related to their scope of employment. Although this sounds like an easy task, our workers’ compensation lawyers in Upper Darby, PA, know that is not always the case.
Serious or catastrophic workplace injuries can make it significantly more difficult for you to complete the paperwork within the short time limits established by law. Sometimes your employer may challenge where your injuries occurred, attacking whether the injury is truly related to work and whether you may be entitled to workers’ comp benefits. This can be made more complicated because you are required to pick from a list of physicians proposed by your employer who may not be your regular doctor. If that doctor undervalues your claim, or worse, agrees that your injury is not work-related, you may face an uphill battle to recover any benefits—let alone benefits to fairly reimburse you.
Why to Hire a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Although it is not required under Pennsylvania law to hire a lawyer to help file your workers’ comp claim, it is strongly suggested that you do. Individuals who try to handle a claim without legal representation are likely to be taken advantage of by an unscrupulous adjuster or overreaching doctor.
Recall that your employer should provide you a list of doctors that you must choose from for the first 90 days after your claim is filed. Those doctors have every incentive to keep their referral relationship in good standing with employers and insurance adjusters. This means that some injured workers may have their claim undervalued if they do not know the correct reasonable compensation for their injuries. A lawyer can help fight back and ensure you recover the compensation that you deserve.
There are also complex calculations related to workers’ compensation benefits as it relates to wages. This is particularly true when your injuries are so severe that you may be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) because there is an offset between workers comp and SSDI/SSI. This calculation can be very difficult, even for lawyers to calculate. As an injured worker, it could be daunting, if not impossible.
How Do I Know I Am Covered By Workers’ Compensation?
Under Pennsylvania law, nearly every worker is covered by WC laws. This includes full-time and part-time workers, seasonal, temporary, management, greeters, or any other employees.
It also does not matter if it was your first day on the job or your last day packing up your stuff. There are no waiting periods, and any injury that occurred within the scope of your employment will trigger coverage.
Do You Need Help Filing a WC Claim? Call Our Workers’ Comp Lawyers in Upper Darby, PA for Help
Here at Larry Pitt & Associates, our compassionate and experienced workers’ comp team in Upper Darby, PA, can help you and your family recover the benefits that you may be entitled to under the law. We will not let your claim get undervalued or unfairly denied. Learn how we can help you by scheduling your FREE consultation by calling (888)-PITT-LAW or (877) 748-8529 or by sending us a private message with our easy-to-use contact us box available here. We are here and ready to help you.