For more than two decades, our Philadelphia work injury attorneys have dedicated their legal practice to a vigorous defense of the rights of workers injured on the job. We have extensive knowledge of the complex workings of workers’ compensation rules and regulations, and we put all our strength and skill into maximizing the amount and time period of work injury benefits for all our clients.
We encourage you to contact our offices for a free and confidential consultation if any of the following occurs and your Workers’ Compensation benefits are threatened:
- If your claim has been denied, and you receive a Notice of Compensation Denial
- You receive a Notice of Compensation Payable, which may be inaccurate
- Your employer offers you a work accommodation that is “vocationally inappropriate” (in other words, your employer tries to force you to return to work in a job that you are under-or overqualified for)
- Your employer tries to cancel or stop your benefit checks because you refuse to accept a new job posting that you are over-or underqualified for
- Your employer tries to cancel your work injury benefits without first filing a Termination Petition, Modification Petition, or Suspension Petition and holding a hearing
- Your employer or your employer’s insurance company offers you a compromise and release settlement of your workers’ compensation benefits in place of weekly payments
- You are informed that you have a 500-week limitation of your Temporary Total Disability benefits as a result of an impairment rating evaluation
Eligibility For Workers’ Compensation
You become eligible to file workers’ compensation when you begin working at a new job. Criteria for filing a claim include:
- Being injured in the workplace
- Developing an occupational illness
- An injury was aggravated while performing your job duties
It’s unlikely that you can file a workers’ compensation claim if you were injured on your lunch break or during other personal time during the workday. However, you should discuss your circumstances with a Philadelphia work injury attorney to determine if you are eligible for benefits.
Report Your Injury on Time
You have 120 days to inform your employer of your injury or illness. However, you should not wait this long as the sooner you tell them, the better for your case. The sooner the injury is reported, the sooner measures can get you the benefits you are entitled to receive. You will then also have three years from the date of the injury to file a claim.
Keeping these deadlines in mind is essential because you can lose out on benefits if you do not file in time. If an injury is not reported within 120 days to the employer, you can lose your rights to obtaining workers’ compensation. It is essential to report your injury and contact a Philadelphia work injury attorney at Kenny & Gross, LLP, to discuss your options.