Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in Bensalem
Pennsylvania workers are generally covered by the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, which provides compensation for medical treatment and lost wages to injured workers. Not every employee is covered by the Act – railroad workers, longshoremen, and many federal employees are some of the types of workers who are exempt from coverage.
Under the workers’ compensation system, employees receive compensation regardless of who was at fault for the accident. At Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C., we represent the rights of the injured throughout Pennsylvania.
Under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, workers are required to report a workplace accident to their employers within 120 days of the accident. However, it is advisable to report it as soon as possible. Details such as where the accident occurred, what caused it, who was involved, and what injuries were sustained should be included in the written report. Injured workers should seek medical attention immediately and keep a record of any prescribed treatment and progression of the injury. It is also important to document how the injuries are interfering with one’s day-to-day life.
Employers in Pennsylvania are required to report workers’ injuries to their insurer or self-insured workers’ compensation program. Employers are also required to electronically file a First Report of Injury with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation for any workers who were absent for more than a day, shift, or turn of work due to their injury; injured workers are entitled to receive a copy of that report.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Injured workers may receive temporary benefits while their claim is being investigated. If an employer believes a worker’s claim is fraudulent, he or she may deny the claim. Other reasons for denial include improper reporting and missing or inaccurate information. Employers may also deny claims if they believe the injury did not happen at work, the injury was not disabling, or the injury was not as severe as the worker claimed.
Appealing Denied Claims
Workers may appeal denied claims within three years from the date of their injury. The legal team at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. is skilled in handling workers’ compensation claims from inception to appeal. We know what critical information to include to give injured workers the best chances of succeeding in their initial claims, or upon appeal.
Workers in Pennsylvania who miss more than seven days of work due to their injury or illness may be entitled to wage loss benefits based on their pre-injury average weekly wage. The wage loss benefits begin within 21 days of the employer being notified of the injury. Injured workers may also be entitled to additional compensation if someone other than their employer was at fault for their injury.
In Pennsylvania, third party claims may be filed in conjunction with workers’ compensation claims. Therefore, third parties including drivers, vendors, suppliers, and construction subcontractors may be held liable for additional damages, such as pain and suffering, if they are found to be at fault for an employee’s injuries. We have many years of experience with third-party personal injury claims and help injured workers get the maximum compensation to which they are entitled.
Bensalem Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Represent the Rights of Injured Workers
If you were injured in a workplace accident or you contracted an occupational illness, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. A skilled Bensalem workers’ compensation lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. can help you compile all necessary documents and ensure you meet all deadlines when filing your workers’ compensation claim or appeal. We proudly represent injured workers throughout Pennsylvania, including those in Berks County, Bensalem County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia County. To discuss your case, call us at 888-PITT-LAW or complete our online contact form.
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