Frequently Asked Questions about Injured on the Job (Workers´ Compensation) Claims
If you´ve been injured while on the job, you need someone to stand by your side.
You need someone who knows the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act like the back of their hand, and can guide you through the maze of regulations to ensure your successful finish. To make sure your rights are recognized you need to acquire an injured on the job lawyer in Philly, PA.
If you are considering contacting a Philadelphia workers compensation lawyer about your recent incident, we hope this page of Frequently Asked Questions will help guide you through the process.
What´s a Work Injury?
According to the Section 301(c)(1) of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, 77 P.S. §411(1), a work injury is any sickness or injury caused by a person´s job. This includes pre-existing conditions which are aggravated by the job. So a work injury could be anything from broken bones to latex allergies, etc.
Do I have to tell my employer that I was hurt on the job?
Yes! It’s essential that you give notice of an injury to your employer within 21 days of its occurrence, with an outside margin of 120 days. Be advised that it’s best to put your complaints in writing so that later you will be able to prove (if necessary) that you followed this injunction. Even if it´s a minor injury or you think it will go away without medical care, be sure to document it.
When do I receive payment from my employer for workers´comp benefits?
Under the Worker´s Compensation Act, an employer also has 21 days to either confirm that the claim is related to work (and issue a Notice of Compensation Payable) or to deny the claim. You cannot receive workers´compensation wages until a doctor has confirmed the extent of your injuries and has said whether or not you can return to work. For this reason it´s also important that you go to a doctor as soon as possible when you think you have a work-related injury; it speeds up the process! Most insurance companies mail checks every other week to injured workers, but your company may have a different schedule.
Learn more about the ins and outs of Pennsylvania workers´ rights by contacting us at TMH Law. We’re your local personal injury lawyer in Philadelphia, here to make sure you don’t get the short end of the stick. As a worker you have a rights, and the lawyers at TMH Law are dedicated to guaranteeing that those rights are recognized. Call us today at 215-592.8080 to get a free consultation on your case.