Have You Been Injured In An Accident While At Work?
If you have been injured at work, while active in work-related duties or find out your illness is due to the conditions of your job, immediately report the injury to your employer.
Your employer needs to have notice within 120 days of your injury in order for workers’ compensation benefits to be payable to you. Your claim could be barred otherwise.
In Pennsylvania, injured workers are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits regardless of whose fault it is that the injury occurred. Under the state’s no-fault concept, even it is your own fault that the workplace accident happened, you are still entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Once you report a work-related injury, your employer has 21 days to decide whether to accept your claim. If your employer does not accept your claim within 21 days, it is best to consult with an attorney to discuss your rights and options.
At Goldstein, Heslop, Steele, Clapper, Oswalt & Smith (GHSCOS), we can help you with that.
We Understand Workers’ Compensation Laws And Your Rights
If you are injured at work, your employer, or its workers’ compensation insurance carrier, is legally required to pay any medical expenses that are reasonable, necessary and related to your work injury.
Your workers’ compensation benefits could include:
- Lost pay for the time you became disabled as a result of your workplace injury
- Medical compensation for your costs of medical care and treatment
- Disfigurement benefits for face, head or neck area injuries
- Death benefits for your surviving family members
You may also be entitled to additional benefits if your injury causes you to be unable to use any part of your body.
We Vigorously Protect Your Rights As An Injured Worker
Our lawyers stand at your side from beginning to end. If you are already receiving workers’ compensation benefits, be aware that your employer could try to stop your benefits and may:
- Have you examined by a physician of their choice
- Have you interviewed by a vocational expert in an effort to establish earning capacity
- Attempt to offer you light-duty work
- Tell you that they do not want you to report your injury as work related
- Instruct you to send medical bills to your health insurance and/or to sign up for unemployment benefits
Our firm in Altoona offers a free initial case evaluation to determine if you are eligible to seek compensation. We can assist you with the initial filing process and help you appeal if your claim was denied.
Goldstein, Heslop, Steele, Clapper, Oswalt & Smith (GHSCOS) accepts cases on a contingency fee basis so you will owe us nothing upfront. Call to schedule an appointment or email us to learn more.