Altoona, PA Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Seek Your Fair Amount of Compensation: Call GHSCOS at 814-705-4741
Have you been involved in an accident while at work? Has a loved one suffered
a debilitating injury, disability, or illness due to work-related duties?
If so, our Altoona workers’ compensation attorneys can help determine
if you are eligible to seek compensation by way of a workers’ compensation claim.
Why Clients Are Choosing Our Law Firm:
- We understand all workers’ compensation laws pertaining to your case.
- We offer clients free initial case evaluations to start.
- We accept cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you owe us nothing upfront.
- We have decades of litigation experience and proven results to our name.
Established more than 100 years ago, Goldstein, Heslop, Steele, Clapper,
Oswalt, and Smith has been exclusively devoted to protecting the rights
of clients throughout Altoona and other areas in Blair County, Pennsylvania.
If you are considering filing for workers’ compensation, or would
like to know more about your rights as an injured employee, contact our
team as soon as possible. We can guide your steps and help you navigate
this often complex area of law.
Request your FREE initial case evaluation by calling us at 814-705-4741.
Understanding Your Rights as an Injured Employee
If you are injured at work either your employer or its workers’ compensation
insurance carrier is legally obligated to pay you certain benefits. Your
employer and its insurance carrier are legally required to pay any medical
expenses which are reasonable, necessary, and related to your work injury.
You may also be entitled to additional benefits if you lose the ability
to use part of your body for all practical intents and purposes.
Your workers’ compensation benefits could include:
- Lost wages for the time you are disabled as a result of your work injury.
- Medical benefits for the money spent receiving medical care or treatment
- Disfigurement benefits for injuries to the face, head, or neck area
- Death benefits (for surviving family members)
If you have been injured at work or while performing work-related duties,
you should immediately report the work injury to your employer. Benefits
will not payable until notice of your work injury has been provided to
your employer. If you do not provide notice within 120 days of sustaining
your work-related injury then your workers’ compensation claim could
be barred. Once you sustain and report a work-related injury, your employer
will then have 21 days to decide whether or not to accept your claim.
If your claim is not accepted within 21 days, you should consult with
an attorney to discuss your rights and options.
Do I Really Need an Attorney to Represent Me?
In addition to the initial filing process, there are other legal issues
that may require the immediate attention of a skilled and experienced
workers’ compensation lawyer from GHSCOS.
- If you are already receiving workers’ compensation benefits, your
employer may have you examined by a doctor of their choice, which could
result in the filing of a petition to stop your benefits.
- Your employer may also have you interviewed by a vocational expert in an
effort to establish an earning capacity. This may also be used to stop
or reduce your benefits.
- Your employer may also attempt to offer you light-duty work in an effort
to stop or reduce your compensation benefits.
- Your employer may tell you that they do not want you to report your injury
- Your employer may instruct you to send medical bills to health insurance
and/or to sign-up for unemployment benefits.
You should never sign any documents provided to you by your employer or
insurance carrier relating to your workers’ compensation benefits
unless you discuss those documents with our workers’ compensation
lawyers. In such instances, you must consult with a lawyer who understands
your rights and has a comprehensive knowledge of the workers’ compensation
laws relevant to your case.
If your employer begins to take any of the above actions, you should immediately
consult with a workers’ compensation attorney to discuss your rights.
Call us at 814-705-4741 now.
Workers’ Compensation Laws in Pennsylvania: What You Need to Know
It is important to realize that Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law is
based on a no-fault concept. This means that an injured worker is entitled to workers’ compensation
benefits regardless of whose fault it is that the injury occurred. Even
if it is the worker’s own fault that an accident occurred, the worker
is still entitled to workers’ compensation benefits as long as the
injury occurred in the course and scope of employment.
If your work injury is something that occurs over time due to repetitive
work activity, it is also covered by Pennsylvania’s workers’
compensation laws. Notice of the work-related condition (and the fact
that it is work-related) must be given to your employer immediately at
the time you learn that your injury, disability, illness, or condition
is related to your work.
Contact Us at 814-705-4741 to Request a Free Consultation
Workers’ compensation law can be complex and confusing. Our Altoona
workers’ compensation attorneys at GHSCOS can assist you with your
workers’ compensation problems. Call us if you have questions about
work injuries, benefits, settlements, denials, or appeals.
We stand at your side from beginning to end. Call our firm at 814-705-4741 today.