We are Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers serving injured employees. If you have been hurt on the job, Gibbons Legal Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers can assist you in the workers’ compensation process.
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Attorneys for Workers’ Compensation in Philadelphia
Workers’ compensation helps people when they are hurt at work. It is meant to be a no-fault and no-hassle system. However, if the insurance company refuses to pay what you deserve or if they stall the process, it can quickly become frustrating.
Our lawyers for workers’ compensation in Philadelphia can represent you in everything needed to pursue your case. Contact us now to discuss your situation with an experienced injury attorney.
PA Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Types of workers’ compensation benefits you may receive in Philadelphia include:
Medical care and rehabilitation
The injured worker may receive medical care at no cost. Doctor visits, surgery, and prescription medication are some types of medical care that may be covered.
Temporary Total Disability (TTD)
If your injury prevents you from working, you may receive temporary total disability (TTD) benefits. After 104 weeks, you may need an Impairment Rating Evaluation (IRE) to determine your continued right to benefits.
Partial Disability Benefits
If you can work but you earn less than before, you may receive partial disability benefits. Benefits may cover a portion of your lost income.
Compensation for disability and specific loss
A workplace injury can result in loss of bodily function, disfigurement, damage to the senses, and other permanent harm. Specific loss benefits compensate you for permanent harm.
You may need to travel for medical care. Travel expenses can be covered as part of your benefits.
Survivors may receive death benefits. Funeral costs may be covered. Survivor benefits may continue until age 23 for full-time students.
Filing a Claim
If the system works perfectly, you notify your employer of your injury, seek medical care and receive your benefits. However, there are several reasons you may need to file a workers’ compensation claim:
- Proving your entitlement to benefits, addressing an allegation that your injuries did not happen on the job or that you are not qualified for benefits
- Challenging termination, suspension, or modification of benefits
- Addressing your entitlement to benefits and calculation errors in your average weekly wage
- Disputing medical evidence and your ability to work
- Fighting for the medical care and treatment that you need for your injury
- Seeking approval for a proposed settlement (compromise and release)
A claim and hearing may be appropriate whenever you are not getting the benefits you deserve. Our lawyers can assist you in determining if you need to file a claim.
In addition to a workers’ compensation claim, a third-party claim may be possible. If someone other than the employer acted negligently, causing injury, a traditional tort claim may be available. Third-party liability may provide compensation that is unavailable through workers’ compensation. There are important things to consider in creating a legal strategy for your situation.
Working for You, So You Can Work on Your Recovery
You work hard. You should be confident that you’ll be covered if you get hurt on the job. The need for employee safety is so great that the government has an entire agency devoted to workplace safety: the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Since safety is such a large concern, our law firm prides ourselves in upholding worker rights. Our knowledge and extensive experience working with injured employees, OSHA, and insurance companies make us uniquely qualified to stand up for you.
We’re confident that we can help you get the compensation and treatment you need for injuries caused by:
- Slips and trips
- Falling objects
- Co-worker accidents
- Farming accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Maintenance accidents
- Faulty machinery
- …and more
Not sure if your injuries require legal help or compensation? We handle cases involving all types of work-related injuries, including:
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Crush injuries
- Brain trauma
- Cuts and severe bruising
- Nerve damage
- Violent injuries
Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation FAQs
How does workers’ compensation work in Pennsylvania?
An injured employee may receive workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania for medical care and treatment. If injuries prevent the victim from working for seven or more days, the victim may claim lost income. The employer has 21 days to begin wage-loss payments or deny a claim.
What can you receive for wage-loss benefits in Pennsylvania?
An injured worker may receive 66 and 2/3% of their average weekly wage for Pennsylvania workers’ compensation wage-loss benefits. The rate may be higher if the worker’s pre-injury wages are below average. There is a maximum compensation rate, too. Wages may include bonuses, tips, and incentive payments.
My employer says that I was an independent contractor. What can I do?
Sadly, employers may try to avoid paying workers’ compensation by calling their employees independent contractors. The employer doesn’t have the final say. The question is the nature of the person’s work and the amount of control that the employer exercised over the work.
If you have been improperly categorized, our lawyers can help you challenge the denial.
What should I do if I’m hurt at work?
If you’re hurt at work, take action to prevent further injury and seek emergency medical care. Report the accident to your employer. See an approved doctor within 90 days. Failing to report the injury within 120 days and see an approved doctor in a timely manner may jeopardize your right to compensation.
What can I do if my worker’s compensation claim is denied in Pennsylvania?
If your workers’ compensation is denied, you have the right to a hearing. You may file a Claim Petition for Workers’ Compensation. A lawyer can represent you.
How long do I have to claim workers’ compensation benefits?
After providing the required notice of injury, you have three years to file for workers’ compensation benefits.
Consultations Available – Talk to a Lawyer Now
If you have been hurt at work, contact the Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Gibbons Legal Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers. You can talk to a lawyer now, and we’re taking new cases. See how we can assist you in the workers’ compensation process.