People may hesitate to report their injuries for a variety of reasons. They may be embarrassed or worry about losing their job. They may think that the injury is not that serious or that they can work through the pain. But when it comes to a work injury, taking a wait-and-see approach is never a good idea. In addition to risking further physical harm, you also increase the odds that your employer will deny you workers’ compensation benefits such as coverage for medical expenses and payment for time out of work.
The Pennsylvania workers’ compensation Act lists specific actions that employers must take before, during, and after an employee is injured on the job. An employer should:
- Provide a safe workplace – Employers have a legal obligation to provide a workplace that is safe and free of known hazards. Employers must also comply with state and federal standards in regards to training and the use of protective equipment.
- Inform you of your rights and responsibilities – You should receive written information about your company’s workers’ compensation plan when you are hired and again at the time you notify your employer of a work injury or illness.
- Provide instructions for filing a workers’ compensation claim – Upon notification, your employer should give you detailed instructions for filing a claim along with the appropriate forms.
- Report the injury – Your employer must immediately notify the insurance carrier of all injuries. For injuries resulting in time away from work, your employer must also submit a First Report of Injury to the Pennsylvania bureau within seven days of the injury. You have a right to review the form to ensure it is accurate and request a copy of the report for your own records.
- Respond to the claim within 21 days – Your employer has 21 days to either accept or deny your claim for benefits. If your claim is accepted, you will receive a Notice of Compensation Payable. If further review is needed, you may receive a Notice of Temporary Compensation. If your claim was denied, the employer will issue a Notice of workers’ compensation Denial.
- Offer job openings to injured workers – If your injury prevents you from returning to your former position, your employer is required by law to offer you available positions of which you would be capable.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP Assist Injured Workers at Every Stage of the Claims Process
If you were hurt on the job in Pennsylvania, you do not have to fight for your rights alone. The Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP, are available to assist you at every stage of the claims process. Contact us online or call 215-512-1500 today to schedule a free and confidential consultation with us.