As Americans, our jobs are central to our identities. So, when a workplace injury occurs and prevents us from doing our jobs, it can be devastating to our self-esteem, our family life and our financial stability.
Under Pennsylvania law, employers are required by the Worker’s Compensation Act to provide employees who sustain a work injury with wage and medical benefits while they are in recovery and unable to work. Employers, and particularly their workers’ compensation insurance carriers, want to save money by scrimping on your medical care and getting you back to work as soon as possible, even if you’re not ready. That’s why you need an experienced workers’ compensation attorney from Powell Law to stand up for your rights and make sure you don’t get pushed around.
If you are hurt on the job, you have 120 days to report the injury in order to receive compensation benefits. We recommend you report the injury immediately and in writing. For the first 90 days after you start receiving benefits, you are required to treat with the company doctor. After that, you can go to the doctor of your choice. The law requires your employer to post the names of at least six physicians you can choose from to treat your injuries. If none are posted, you are free to choose your own. You might also be asked to allow a case manager from your employer’s worker’s compensation carrier to talk to you about your case and attend your doctor’s appointments. Don’t do it. They are not your friends, and you are under no obligation to comply. They only want to get you back to work as quickly as possible and save money. Let your lawyer do the talking.
The laws and rules that apply to Pennsylvania worker’s compensation claims are complicated. While you recuperate, your attorney will help you sort through the day-to-day issues that arise, communicate with the case manager from your employer’s insurance company, and go to court if necessary in order to make sure your rights are protected. If you are unable to go back to work, the attorneys from Powell Law can help you obtain a fair workers’ compensation settlement. Do not agree to any settlements without legal representation.
If you’ve been injured at work and need to collect worker’s compensation, contact us at Powell Law for a free, no obligation evaluation of your case.