In the classic film The Princess Bride, the Dread Pirate Roberts (who is really Wesley, come to rescue his love) delivers one of the truest statements ever aired on television or film:
“Life is pain…anyone who says differently is selling something.”
What a bleak outlook on life, you might think. And yet, it remains true. In each each person’s life, one may encounter struggles or life pains whether it be mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual. That’s part of what draws us to one another: to seek alleviation from the pains of life through companionship and friendship, which is beautiful. If you’re thinking that this sounds awfully cynical and metaphysical, think again. Would anyone, including you, describe life as painless? The very process of ushering in new life during childbirth is fraught with pain! No, life might be easier for some or more fun, but it is never entirely free of pain.
Does that mean we should sit back and accept the pain with open arms? No! Yet, that is just what is asked of many workers who have filed for workman’s comp. PA law is designed to protect the worker, yet the law is often circumvented. There are numerous stories of cases where PA workman’s comp has failed, but not all the stories are the same.
For one worker who fell into a steam kettle, the doctors filled out all the paperwork saying that they were fully recovered, during an appointment when the patient wasn’t even there! Because of this falsified exam, this worker has had no access to PA worker’s compensation rights, and won’t until a hearing is scheduled.
Another worker ruptured a disk and fractured their hip, but the PA workmans comp doctor failed to diagnose the injuries for over 9 months! Finally, an independent doctor made the correct diagnosis.
One thing all of these stories have in common is that the process of getting your PA worker’s compensation rights can be a long one, stretched out over many years, which can be difficult especially when you’re dealing with severe injuries. The problem is that you might not even know the extent of your injuries, or your injuries might not heal as well as you wish! When it comes to employers and the benefits they offer, there’s one thing you should avoid.
Avoid Accepting Lump Sum Offers From Workman’s Comp PA
Tom Holland is experienced in evaluating lump sum offers. Early lump sum settlement offers may be encouraging, but Tom Holland will make sure you are not leaving 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 to make, but BEWARE. What’s the hurry? Please be cautious of an early settlement offer from a claims adjuster 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.