Don’t wait 3 years for your right to workers compensation!
Whether you’re an office worker, teacher, healthcare worker, construction worker or a tour guide–no industry is impervious to workplace injuries.
Dealing with the physical and psychological effects of a workplace injury is hard enough, but being unable to work because of your injury is an even greater hardship to bare. The best thing any employee can do is arm themselves with knowledge. Knowing the rights of the injured worker gives you an advantage.
Rights of the Injured Worker: Key Points
According to the Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Act, if an employee sustains an injury or illness at work they are entitled to workers compensation benefits. If the injury was self-inflicted or was caused by intoxication you may not be covered by medical care or wage loss benefits. Below are basic key points that every employee should know when it comes to workers compensation.
- Prompt reporting of your injury is the quickest and surest way to begin receiving your benefits. If you do not report your injury to your employer within 120 days you forfeit workers compensation benefits.
- See a medical professional to treat your injuries, and continue treatment for 90 days under the same healthcare provider.
- Document detailed records of your injury, treatment, the report you filed with your employer, medical records, and anything else with related information to your injury.
- An employer has 21 days to accept or deny your workers compensation claim. Once the claim has been accepted, your employer’s insurer is liable for medical costs and wage-loss benefits.
- If your claim has been accepted you should receive your first wage compensation within 21 days of your absence.
Some workers compensation claims are as easy as reporting the injury, receiving treatment, following treatment, and returning to work. Unfortunately not every worker’s comp case is as easy as that. So what are an injured worker’s rights if they’ve been denied their workmans compensation claim?
An employee who’s been denied compensation has up to 3 years from the date of injury to file a claim petition. If you do file a claim petition, you’ll be assigned a workers compensation judge according to the county you reside in. You and your employer will receive a Notice of Assignment informing you of your assigned judge, and then will receive information of the place, date, and time of your hearing.
While filing a claim petition and receiving a notice of a workers comp hearing may seem easy enough, the truth is that workers compensation denials aren’t always so easy. If you need someone who is skilled in the rights of the injured worker, then you need to an experienced hurt on the job lawyer.
At the Law Offices of Thomas More Holland, we have over 3 decades of experience when it comes to workers compensation claims. Contact our offices today!