Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Pennsylvania
Our Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyers help you avoid costly errors when filing
If you were injured on the job, or if you are suffering the effects of an occupational illness or medical condition, then by law, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Getting those benefits, however, is not automatic. Filing for workers’ compensation successfully is all in the details and includes completing forms accurately and meeting strict deadlines. Are you required to retain an attorney to help you file your claim? Not by law — but to help you get all the benefits to which you are entitled, it is a good idea to have a knowledgeable attorney at your side.
At High Swartz, LLP, we understand the worry and insecurity that goes with waiting for help with medical expenses and lost wages. Our lawyers assist injured workers from Doylestown to Norristown with getting full and fair workers’ compensation benefits. We protect you by helping you file right the first time and representing you if you are denied.
What you are entitled to as an injured worker?
The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act became a statute in 1915. Since that time, hundreds of thousands of workers in industries from manufacturing to hospitality and from office workers to retail employees have enjoyed the protection of this important act. The type of benefits you receive, including the amount and duration of payments for lost wages, depends largely on the extent of your injury or illness and your pre-injury earnings. In general, you are entitled to receive:
Payment for lost wages — In most cases, compensation for lost wages is approximately two-thirds of your average weekly wage, up to the maximum weekly benefit.
Medical care — By law, you are entitled to reasonable physician services, medicine, supplies, hospital treatment and certain medical appliances and prosthetic devices for as long as required.
Death benefits — As dependent survivors, family members may file for benefits in cases of fatal work-related injuries.
A simple guide to filing a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claim
Reduce your risk of denied benefits and speed up the compensation process by following several steps. Remember that your employer and its insurance company also have the right to a workers’ compensation defense, which they are likely to assert if they feel you are not playing by the rules. To help your case:
Report any on-the-job injury or work-related illness to your employer immediately. Include information regarding the date, time and place of injury. You have only 120 days to inform your employer of your injury. Failure to do so in a timely manner may result in a denied claim.
Fill out a First Report Form. Be as accurate as possible and do not forget to sign the form.
Seek immediate medical attention: Even if you do not feel that your injury is serious, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms that initially seem to be only slight to moderate may worsen over a period of just a few days or weeks. Any significant delay in seeing a doctor cannot only be dangerous to your health, but it can cause a delay in benefits or cause your claim to be denied.
Consult an attorney to protect your rights. Whether you want to ensure that your claim is accurate or, especially, if you feel you are being victimized by your employer, your lawyer is your advocate. You should also note that if you need to appeal a denied claim, you are well advised to get experienced representation.
Our Bucks County and Montgomery County workers’ compensation attorneys are here to help you.
If you have been injured on the job or are suffering from an occupational illness, you have the right to file for workers’ compensation benefits. If you need help getting those benefits, you owe it to yourself and your family to get experienced legal guidance.