Don’t delay– tell your employer about your injury today!
Every morning your alarm goes off to remind you to get up and hustle to work. Everyday millions of people wake up prepared to do their jobs to provide for themselves and for their families. While our daily routines include working, we are often unprepared when are routines veer off course. When you’ve been injured on the job this not only shatters your everyday schedule, but this can have unknown long term effects for yourself and those that depend on you.
While TMH Law hopes you never become a victim of an injury on the job, being well informed of the workers comp claim process is an important precaution you can take to have one less surprise during a stressful time.
Let’s first establish what injuries are compensated through the Pennsylvania’s Workers Compensation Act. Any injury that occurs on the job, during a work-related errand, traveling for work, on a business related social function, or any job related occupational disease is covered under the Pennsylvania’s Workers Compensation Act. These injuries include but are not limited to: nerve damage, brain injuries, repetitive injuries such as carpal tunnel, hearing loss, broken, sprained, or fractured bones, burns, or any occupational diseases such as asthma.
Three Steps To Carry Out For The Workers Comp Claim Process
- Report Your Injury Immediately – In the state of Pennsylvania you have exactly 21 days from the time of your injury to file a workers comp claim. If you fail to report your injury within this time, you may be denied workers compensation.
- Seek Medical Attention – Once you’ve reported your injury to your employer it’s imperative you seek medical attention right away. At this point your employer should provide you with a list of medical care providers you’re able to see. If at this point your employer fails to give a list of preapproved doctors to visit, doesn’t provide you with the list of employees’ rights in writing, and doesn’t obtain your signature in acknowledgement of the employees’ rights, you may see any doctor you choose. When you seek medical attention be sure to mention this was an on the job injury.Your medical records will be useful if at any point your workers comp claim is contested.
- Find a Workers Comp Attorney – A workers comp claim process doesn’t always go as planned. If your case becomes more difficult because of unforeseen issues, then seeking legal counsel is in your best interest. At the Law Offices of Thomas More Holland, we want to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve, and give you peace of mind for your future.
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