10 Reasons to Hire a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Generally, workers in Pennsylvania are eligible to receive workers’ compensation under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act for their work-related injuries and illnesses. If you were injured in an accident at work or you developed an occupational illness, you may be wondering whether you should hire a lawyer. If your claim is not being disputed by your employer or their insurance company, you may be able to navigate the workers’ compensation claims process by yourself.
However, most workers will benefit from having an experienced attorney on their side. There are some circumstances that require certain legal skills and expertise. Taking depositions, hiring expert witnesses, requesting independent medical examinations (IME) and gathering other evidence to support your claim are examples of tasks best handled by a qualified workers’ compensation attorney.
There are some instances in which having a lawyer on your side is necessary, or at least in your best interest. It largely depends on the nature of your case, the severity of your injuries and the response of your employer or their insurance company. The following 10 situations reflect very good reasons for hiring a workers’ compensation lawyer:
- Your claim is denied: Your employer or their insurance company may choose to deny your claim for many reasons, including if they believe your claim is fraudulent or your injury was not reported on time.
- Your disability is being disputed: Your employer’s insurance company may order an IME by a doctor of their choosing who will likely attempt to assign you a lower disability rating.
- You have a preexisting condition: It can be difficult to prove that your preexisting injuries are work-related, especially when they occur over time, like repetitive stress injuries.
- You are not receiving the necessary medical treatment: Insurance companies may delay or deny your medical treatments, particularly when the treatments are expensive or ongoing.
- You are not sure if you should accept the insurance company’s settlement offer: The insurance company will often try to save money by making you a settlement offer for much less than you deserve.
- You are permanently disabled: If your ability to work was affected or you are not able to work anymore, you may require new training as well as structured workers’ compensation payments.
- You are receiving other government benefits: If you are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, they may be reduced once you begin receiving workers’ compensation.
- You are involved in legal proceedings: If the insurance company refuses to settle or you do not accept their offer, you may be required to prove your case at a hearing.
- You are being retaliated against for filing your claim: Although prohibited by law, your employer may retaliate against you for filing for workers’ compensation.
- You were injured by a third party: Third parties other than your employer may be responsible for your injuries; in that case you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit in addition to your workers’ compensation claim.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Fight for Injured Workers
If you need help with any aspect of your workers’ compensation claim, contact a knowledgeable Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. We can help you navigate the workers’ compensation process and obtain all the benefits to which you are entitled. For a free consultation, call us at 888-PITT-LAW or complete our online contact form.
We represent workers in Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County and throughout Pennsylvania including those in Abington, Ambler, Ardmore, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, Clifton Heights, Crum Lynne, Darby, Downingtown, Doylestown, Drexel Hill, Essington, Folcroft, Glenolden, Haverford, Havertown, Holmes, Kutztown, Lansdowne, Media, Merion Station, Morton, Narberth, Norristown, Norwood, Philadelphia, Prospect Park, Quakertown, Reading, Roxborough, Sharon Hill, Upper Darby, West Chester, and Wynnewood.