What You Need To Know Before Filing A Workers Comp Claim
We try our best to be safe at work, but accidents happen. According to Pennsylvania’s 2015 Worker’s Comp report, there were 166,102 work injury and illness cases reported to the Bureau of Worker’s compensation.
Have you had an accident at work but are not sure what to do? We know that you have questions about filing a workers comp claim and we’re here to answer your most frequently asked questions.
I’ve had an accident at work, what do I need to do?
In the state of Pennsylvania you need to file a report to your supervisor immediately and tell them when and how you were injured. You have 21 days to report your injury. The workers compensation claim deadline is 120 days after your accident, if you don’t file a workers comp claim form, your employer may be able to deny you all worker’s compensation benefits.
Are there any conditions that prevent me from claiming workers comp benefits?
Yes, there are some conditions that will prevent you from claiming benefits. If your injuries were intentionally self-inflicted, caused by a violation of state and/or federal law, or by intoxication you will be prohibited from claiming benefits.
What happens when you file workman’s comp? What should I expect?
If your injury or illness reaches the extent of the need of filing a workers comp claim, your employer must decide whether to accept or deny the claim (i.e. whether to accept responsibility for the event). If your employer denies responsibility for the claim, you may petition the denial to the Bureau of Workers Compensation to be heard before a Workers Compensation judge.
Filing A Workers Comp Claim And Lump Sum Payments
Lump Sum Settlement: Tom Holland is experienced in evaluating lump sum offers. Early lump sum settlement offers may be tempting, but Tom Holland will be able to help not leave anything on the table. If the disability continues to be treated without a definitive diagnosis and/or prognosis, prompt settlement may not be prudent.
When and if to settle is your decision, but be cautious of an early settlement offer from a claims adjustor who suggests you do not need a lawyer.
Our law office specializes in representing injured employees, and we know worker’s compensation law inside and out. You are allowed to represent yourself in worker’s compensation proceedings, but remember that the litigation is complex and your employer will be represented by an experienced attorney. Don’t walk into court unprepared and outnumbered.
If you’ve been injured at work, don’t delay filing your workers comp claim and contact TMH Law today, Have an experienced attorney fight for the compensation you deserve!
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