If you or anyone you know has been injured on the job, you can relate to how frightening it can be. The physical pain of an injury, the emotional toll on your family, and the financial questions that arise can all make you question your future. When will I be able to work again? What if I am unable to work again? How will I support my family?
While the process of understanding and applying for workers’ compensation can be frightening, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry tries to lay everything out as clearly and concisely as possible so that you can understand your rights and responsibilities as an injured worker. Despite this guidance, it is always best to ensure you are doing everything by the book to make sure you are receiving benefits as soon as possible, and at the greatest amount, you are entitled to by law. Working with knowledgeable, experienced workers’ compensation attorneys such as those at Solick & Associates LLC can greatly expedite the process and ensure compliance with your responsibilities under workers’ compensation law.
What Happens When I’m Injured at Work?
The vast majority of Pennsylvania employers are required by law to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This insurance, covered under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, will pay out for medical expenses incurred due to work-related injury or illness and pay a portion of your salary if you are unable to work as a result of the injury or illness. If death results, death benefits for your surviving family may also come into play.
Though you have a right to these benefits by law, receiving them is not automatic. The first thing to remember is that you must report your accident or injury to your employer immediately. Failure to do so may result in a delay or denial of benefits that you would have otherwise been entitled to. It is a good idea to have this notification in writing, specifying the time, date, and nature of the injury in as much detail as possible. Having a written record of the notification can help you if there is any question about whether you promptly reported your injury or illness at a later time.
Employers are required by law to post and/or provide information regarding their Workers’ Compensation insurance. The state standard is that you have 120 days to notify your supervisor following a work-related accident or injury to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Your employer may require you to see a physician (specified by them) within the first 90 days of your injury or illness, yet another reason why it is important to report the injury and see a physician as soon as possible following the injury or accident. You may see your own physician at your will, however, know that in many circumstances, if you do not see a healthcare provider as required by your employer, you may lose the right to recover any expenditures for medical expenses in the time before you saw their approved physician.
Contact a Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Today
At Solnick & Associates, LLC, our Jenkintown-based workers’ compensation attorneys know how to navigate the system to ensure you receive the benefits you are entitled to by law as quickly and effortlessly as possible. We will work with your employer and your employer’s insurance company to ensure you are compensated for your time off work and that your family is supported while you focus on your recovery. If you have been injured at work or have questions about your rights under Pennsylvania workers’ compensation laws, do not hesitate to contact us today.