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Getting injured on the job can be one of the most stressful experiences you can go through. Injured workers often find themselves quickly overwhelmed by an avalanche of confusing paperwork and non-stop phone calls from the employer and their insurance company. To make matters worse, employers frequently give injured workers advice that seems like a good idea, but in reality, it’s what’s best for their bottom line.
Almost every worker in Pennsylvania is covered by the Workers’ Compensation Act. This law provides injured workers with a range of benefits, including wage loss and payment of medical bills for treating work injuries. That means that if you’ve been hurt on the job, you could very well be eligible for benefits.
Even though the law provides injured workers with benefits, employers and their insurance companies often try to pay as little as possible. That can mean trying to rush injured workers back to work before they are fully recovered, paying fewer benefits than you are entitled, or sometimes not paying any benefits at all. Unfortunately for workers, the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation system and its laws can be difficult to understand and navigate. That means employers and insurance companies often start at an advantage, using their significant resources to get a leg up on injured employees.
If you have been hurt on the job, you deserve to fight on a level playing field with the insurance company. Attorney Alexis Berg-Townsend and her team of talented attorneys can help you do just that in order to get you the benefits you deserve. Alexis is one of only 199 attorneys certified as a Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Specialist, as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, who has won countless victories for her clients, earning her a reputation as one of the Lehigh Valley’s premiere Workers’ Compensation attorneys. We treat every case as a team effort and our mission is to get every injured worker the benefits they need to get back on their feet.
If you or someone you know has been injured at work in the Lehigh Valley or Monroe County, call our office at (610) 625-2100 for a free consultation with one of our experienced Workers’ Compensation attorneys. We will review your case and help walk you through every step of the process. You can then enjoy the peace of mind that comes from having the best attorney possible in your corner fighting for your benefits.
Workers' Compensation Questions
I was hurt at work. What do I need to do?
If you are hurt at work, the first thing you should do is give notice of your injury to your employer. Your employer should then have you complete an accident report, and will send you to their doctors for evaluation. At that point you may begin to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
However, if you do not give notice within 120 days of your injury, you may no longer be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. That’s why it’s so important to give notice to your employer as soon as you know you sustained a work-related injury.
What qualifies as a work injury?
According to Section 301(c)(1) of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, a work injury is any injury that arises from the course and scope of a workers’ employment. The work injury could also include pre-existing conditions that were aggravated by a person’s job.
Will I be fired for sustaining a work injury?
No! You should not be fired for sustaining an injury. In fact, in Pennsylvania it’s illegal to fire someone for becoming injured at work. However, since Pennsylvania is an “at will” state, that means that it is possible that your employer may fire you for a reason that is unrelated to your work injury. If you sustained a work-related injury and are concerned about the timing of your termination, you need to speak with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.
What am I entitled to after my work injury?
If you are injured at work, then you are able to receive wage loss and/or medical benefits. Your employer will have 21 days after receiving notice of the injury to either accept or deny your claim. If your claim is accepted via either a Notice of Compensation Payable or a Notice of Temporary Compensation Payable, you may then begin to receive wage loss and/or medical benefits.
Wage loss benefits are those paid to you if your work injury results in you being unable to work. Wage loss benefits are calculated based upon your average weekly wage. Typically, your workers’ compensation wage loss benefits are 2/3rds of your average weekly wage.
Medical benefits are the medical expenses required to treat your injury. Your workers’ compensation insurance carrier should be responsible for paying those bills. You will not be required to pay for medical treatment associated with your accepted work injury.