Philadelphia’s Trusted Source for Workers’ Compensation Claims
Experienced Lawyers Protecting Injured Workers in Pennsylvania for 35 Years
A serious workplace injury can do more than physical harm: it can lead you to feel frustrated, anxious and unsure about the future. Who will protect your family? How will you pay your bills? What options do you have?
When you have been hurt on the job, or are out of work because of a workplace accident or injury, Larry Pitt & Associates has the answers you need. For more than three decades, our skilled workers’ compensation attorneys have protected the rights of victims just like you in Philadelphia and throughout Berks, Bucks, Delaware, Chester and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania. We help you obtain the financial relief and support you need after you or your family member was hurt on the job, so that you do not have to worry about your family or your future. We focus on the case so you can focus on your recovery.
What is Workers’ Compensation?
Generally speaking, workers’ compensation is a form of insurance designed to help people who are hurt or who become sick during the course of their job duties. So, if you are injured while you’re on a job site, you can collect workers’ compensation benefits so that you have time to get well or heal, without worrying that you won’t have any money from your normal wages.
Not every category of worker who gets hurt can collect workers’ compensation, and every state has its own laws, rules and regulations over who can collect benefits, how much they can collect, and for how long. Certain industry workers are also exempt from collecting benefits, so you should ask an attorney about whether you are entitled to collect workers’ compensation if you are unsure.
In Philadelphia, our program is dictated by the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act.
What You Should Know About the Workers’ Compensation Act
If you are hurt on the job, workers’ compensation benefits can relieve some of the financial burden associated with medical costs and time out of work. However, you must be able to prove that your injury or illness is truly work-related, or your claim may be denied. By following these steps, you can help to protect your legal right to benefits.
The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act was implemented in 1915. The laws have evolved since then, of course, to offer workers and their families help and relief after a serious injury or illness. The Act provides that all employers must issue workers’ compensation insurance for all employees. This includes full-time employees, part-time employees, and seasonal employees (but not contractors). Employers should be careful when determining employee classification. The Act covers injuries that occur on the job as well as illnesses that occur from exposure to certain materials, such as asbestos or benzenes. Under the Workers’ Compensation Act, work-loss benefits and medical benefits may be covered. Death benefits are usually paid to the dependent survivors if the death occurred from a work-related injury or illness. If the injury was caused by the negligence of a third party, such as the driver who caused a motor vehicle crash, a negligent construction site manager, or the manufacturer of a defective tool, the injured worker may be able to recover additional compensation by filing a third party liability claim.
Determining How Much Money You Can Collect Under Workers’ Compensation
In order to file a successful claim for workers’ compensation benefits within the three-year statute of limitations, you must be able to prove that you sustained an injury or illness in the course of your job duties. If your application is accepted, then the amount of your benefits will be determined by what your average weekly wage is. Most of the time, it amounts to about 2/3 of your weekly wage. However if your injury leads to a specific loss or disfigurement, you might be entitled to a lump sum equivalent to a certain amount of weeks’ worth of wages.
How long you can collect workers’ compensation depends largely on what type of illness or injury you have. There are different types of workers’ compensation benefits and disability benefits available, and every case is different. You’ll want to speak to an experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer to find out more about what you are entitled to under the law.
Want to know how often payments are made, or if your workers’ compensation is taxable? You can find these answers and more on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
How Larry Pitt & Associates Can Help You Obtain Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Larry Pitt & Associates provides comprehensive counsel for injured workers in and around Philadelphia at every step of the process. We know that time is not on your side, so we strive to file your paperwork as quickly as possible – but we never sacrifice thoroughness for speed. You can trust our experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers to help you with:
We also review the different kinds of settlements you might be eligible to receive, and work with you to determine what is in your best interest. Whether you were grievously injured in an accident or the victim of someone’s negligence, we have the skills, the resources and the experience you want on your side.
Representing the Rights of Workers in Every Field and Industry
For more than three decades, our Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers have offered comprehensive and practical legal counsel to injured workers and their families. Our experiences have let us help people in various industries and fields of work, giving us an advantage over other firms who only focus on one type of worker. Some of the people we feel honored to have helped include:
This is really only a fraction of the industries we represent, but we want you to know that no matter how dire things seem, there is a legal team with the experience and knowledge to help you, no matter what color your collar is (or if you don’t wear a collar at all). We know which of the most common workplace injuries can have the largest impact on you and your family, and we know how to fight for your future when you have been affected by such an injury or illness.
Why Choose Larry Pitt & Associates?
Having to deal with a trauma such as a work-related injury that leaves a person disabled is devastating. Having someone to fight on your behalf can make the adjustment to everyday life somewhat easier, so that you and your loved ones can focus on the healing process.
Our team of lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates can only help you in your workers’ compensation claim. Our firm wants to help clients receive the monetary compensation for their work-related injury or illness. We fight on your behalf to ensure that your rights are respected and upheld, and that you receive the benefits you deserve after a workplace injury. When you choose our team, you work with Larry Pitt directly as well as any number of associates and professional legal staff members dedicated to helping you.
Putting the Rights of Pennsylvania Workers First
Larry Pitt & Associates has proudly served clients in Bucks County, Berks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia County for almost four decades. If you or your family member was hurt on the job, we will fight on your behalf. To schedule a consultation with a team of Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers who can and will defend your rights, please call 1-888-PITT-LAW or fill out our contact form.