Almost all types of workplace injuries may be compensated under Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Act, from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome to amputations. If you contract an illness due to working conditions at your place of employment, you may also be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. Accidents at work may lead to fatalities, and you have a right to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the family. You are contending with your employer, their insurance company, and possibly the doctor you were assigned to; therefore, you must understand your rights if you have been hurt at work.
For more than 20 years, Jeffrey S. Gross and Patrick W. Kenny have aggressively fought for the rights of injured workers. Gross & Kenny, LLP uses all the legal tactics and skills at their disposal to make sure that each client receives full and complete compensation for their work-related injury. If you sustained an on-the-job injury, contact a work injury lawyer today to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
The majority of common workplace injuries are covered by Workers’ Compensation, which requires your employer to pay medical bills and reimburse you for lost wages if you were hurt on the job. Common injuries include:
Even if your condition is not listed here, it is worth your time to discuss your situation with a work injury lawyer. Injuries that occur at work should be taken seriously. Many workers neglect to report workplace injuries because they do not think their injury is serious, but you should report your injuries regardless to avoid future pain.
Certain injures do not appear right away. For example, a worker could slowly lose their vision due to poor work conditions or develop nerve damage because of the repetitive motions required for the job. A small knee injury today could lead to a knee replacement when a worker retires. Head injuries can lead to memory loss or impaired motor skills. If a worker was exposed to toxic chemicals, they might develop cancer or lung disease that is expensive to treat. At any point, it may become too difficult to work. A worker could lose their job because they cannot perform their job duties due to a work-related injury.
A worker must report their injury within 21 days of the injury to receive retroactive benefits. A worker typically has 120 days to report their injury before the benefits are nullified. If a worker reports their injury between 21 and 120 days of the incident, they will receive benefits starting on the date the accident was reported. It is vital to tell a supervisor about the accident, ask for a Workers’ Compensation claim number, and choose a doctor to visit.
A worker may also be concerned about workplace retaliation or termination, but any action of the sort is illegal. Contact our firm for assistance if you were fired or you fear for your job because you reported an accident. We can help monitor the situation. Workers’ Compensation insurance is a no-fault policy, and a worker should be covered for their accident, with few exceptions.
Workers’ Compensation benefits are necessary for injured workers to recover; however, a worker may not be entitled to benefits due to the following factors:
A worker is eligible for benefits any time they are injured while furthering the interests of their employer. This involves activities ranging from driving a vehicle while on company business to participating in a company social event, such as a picnic. Insurance companies or employers might claim that a worker was not “on the clock” or that they were violating company policy. We will build a defense that shows you are entitled to compensation. Keep important documents, such as your timecards or work report from the day of the accident, find witnesses, and keep your clothes/shoes from the day of the accident. We will find the rest of the information we need during our investigation.
You should contact a work injury lawyer when you feel you cannot report your injury, or you were denied benefits. You may feel that the doctor did not prescribe the appropriate treatment, or your employer may be pressuring you to return to work too soon. We will investigate the matter and intercede where we can. Our lawyers will represent you throughout the following:
Reporting your injury can be easier if we send a memo to your employer. An official letter from a legal office is likely to be taken seriously. If you are concerned about the doctor you were assigned or your timeline for returning to work, we will fully investigate the matter.
When we take over your case, we will prepare your defense, collect evidence, and communicate with the appropriate parties. Those hurt at work has a right to be angry or frustrated if they have not been treated well by their employer. However, you should not contact your employer or the insurance company to complain about it. Anything you say could be used against you as we argue your case. If someone calls you about your claim, forward those calls to us. If you are sent official letters or offered an early settlement, let us review everything on your behalf.
Work-related injuries may result in fatalities, and a dependent of a deceased worker has the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In Pennsylvania, a representative of the deceased’s estate must file the lawsuit within six months of the death. Parents, spouses, siblings, and/or children of the deceased may file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the deceased person’s estate. You are allowed to recover:
A wrongful death lawsuit is not the same as a criminal charge. We will argue your case in civil court to recover compensatory and punitive damages for your loss.
The Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP are ready and available to answer any questions you may have about your right to receive compensation after a workplace injury. You might fear for your job, or you may be related to someone who died during a work-related accident. Allow us to review your case and open an investigation that will help you recover as much compensation as possible. Call us at 267-589-0090 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania.
At Gross & Kenny, LLP, we are ready and available to answer any question you may have about your right to receive compensation after a workplace injury. Call our Philadelphia work injury lawyers today at 267-589-0090 or contact us online for a free appointment. We return all calls within the same day and we don’t get paid unless you do.