Am I Covered by Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Act?
Most seasonal, part-time, and full-time employees are covered under Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation law, and in some instances, volunteers could be covered as well. The law entitles these workers to certain benefits, including income replacement and medical coverage, even if an injury is the employee’s fault. Some industries, however, have their own form of compensating employees such as harbor workers, some federal employees, railroad workers, and more. Please speak with us today to discuss your situation and to learn if you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
Are You Being Fully Compensated For Your Employment-Related Injury?
We can review your medical records and wage information to make sure that you are receiving all of the benefits to which you are entitled. If you are being pressured to return to work before you are medically ready, we can help you extend your benefits until you are ready to return.
The computer system that judges use to process workers’ compensation claims has recently changed from CIMS to WCAIS. We are well-versed in this new system and can ensure your claim is efficiently moved through the process.
What Are The Most Common Causes Of Workplace Injuries In Philadelphia?
Workplace injuries occur in a wide variety of ways. It does not matter whether or not you work in the construction industry or in an office – an injury can occur. Some of the most common causes of workplace injuries that the attorneys at Gross & Kenny, LLP help clients with include the following:
- Slip, trip, and fall incidents
- Muscle strains
- Being struck by following objects
- Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs)
- Vehicle collisions
- Lacerations and puncture wounds
- Inhalation of toxic fumes
- Exposure to loud noises (hearing loss)
- Walking into objects
- Workplace fights
Deadline For Filing A Philadelphia Work Injury Claim
It is crucial for any work injury victim in Philadelphia to understand that they have a limited amount of time to get their claim started. The workers’ compensation law in Pennsylvania requires that notice of an injury be given to an employer 21 days after it occurs, though the worker has a maximum of 120 days to report the injury. However, it is strongly recommended that any injury victim report their injury as soon as possible so that the employer and insurance carrier will have less reason to deny the claim.
After an injury has been reported, the worker will have three years from the date the injury occurs to file a work injury claim. Again, we do not recommend that you wait very long to get this process started. A skilled Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorney can help you investigate the claim, ensure that you are receiving your rightful benefits, and help handle any appeals.
What If Your Claim Is Denied?
If your Philadelphia workers’ compensation claim is denied, do not panic. This does not mean that you will receive no benefits. However, this does mean that you will need to proceed to the appeals process. A skilled workers’ compensation lawyer in Philadelphia will understand the entire appeals process and help you receive the benefits you deserve. This can include:
- Requesting a review of the initial application.
- Going to the Appeals Council.
- Requesting an administrative hearing.
- Filing a lawsuit in federal court.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP Return All Calls within a Day - We Don’t Get Paid Unless You Get Paid
If you need help obtaining benefits or resolving an existing compensation claim, you have come to the right place. Contact us online or call 215-512-1500 today to schedule your free, confidential consultation with a Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer.
*Jeffrey S. Gross is certified as a specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation Law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on workers’ compensation law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.