Allentown Workers Compensation Lawyers

Your Trusted Workers Compensation Partner in Allentown

At Philly Injury Lawyer, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that workplace injuries can impose on workers and their families. Our mission is to offer compassionate, professional legal support to those facing the aftermath of workplace accidents, ensuring that your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve. With a steadfast commitment to our clients and a deep understanding of workers’ compensation law, we stand by our tagline: “we win or it’s free.”

Why Hire a Workers Compensation Injury Lawyer?

Navigating the complexities of workers’ compensation claims can be overwhelming for injury victims. Hiring an experienced injury lawyer from Philly Injury Lawyer ensures that you have an expert by your side who understands the intricacies of the law and can advocate for your best interests. Our team is skilled in handling claims, negotiating with insurance companies, and, if necessary, representing you in court to secure the benefits you are entitled to.

With us, you gain peace of mind knowing that professionals are dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for your case.

How the Workers Compensation System Works.

The workers’ compensation system in Pennsylvania is designed to provide financial assistance and medical care to employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. This no-fault system ensures that employees are compensated without having to prove negligence on the part of their employer. Here’s an overview of how the system works:

Eligibility for Workers’ Compensation

To be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in Pennsylvania, an individual must be an employee who has suffered an injury or illness directly related to their job duties or workplace environment. This system covers most employees, with a few exceptions, such as certain types of seasonal and casual workers.

Reporting an Injury

When an injury occurs, the employee must report it to their employer within 120 days from the date of the injury to be eligible for benefits. However, it’s highly recommended to report the injury as soon as possible, preferably within 21 days, to avoid delays in receiving benefits.

Medical Treatment

After reporting the injury, the employee is entitled to receive medical treatment for their injury. Initially, the employer may require the employee to see a doctor from a list of panel physicians provided by the employer for the first 90 days after the injury. After this period, the employee can choose their own healthcare provider, though they must notify the employer of any change in provider.

Types of Benefits

Workers’ compensation benefits in Pennsylvania can include:

  • Medical Benefits: Coverage of all reasonable and necessary medical expenses related to the work injury.
  • Wage Loss Benefits: Compensation for a portion of lost wages if the employee is unable to work or earns less due to their injury. This typically amounts to about two-thirds of the employee’s average weekly wage, within minimum and maximum limits set by the state.
  • Specific Loss Benefits: Compensation for the loss of specific body parts, loss of use of specific body parts, permanent disfigurement of the head, neck, or face, and death benefits for dependents of workers who die as a result of their job.
  • Total or Partial Disability Benefits: Depending on the severity of the injury, employees may be classified as totally or partially disabled, with benefits adjusted accordingly.

The Claim Process

Once an injury is reported, the employer must notify their workers’ compensation insurance carrier, which will then investigate the claim. The insurance carrier has 21 days from the notice to accept or deny the claim. If the claim is accepted, the employee will start receiving benefits. If the claim is denied, the employee has the right to appeal the decision.

Disputes and Appeals

If there is a dispute about the claim, either party can file a petition with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. A Workers’ Compensation Judge will then hear the case and make a decision. Decisions can be appealed to the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board and further to the Commonwealth Court if necessary.

Importance of Legal Representation

Navigating the workers’ compensation system can be complex, and having experienced legal representation can help ensure that the process goes smoothly and that the employee receives all the benefits they are entitled to. Lawyers can assist with filing claims, representing employees in disputes, and appealing denied claims.

Types of Injuries and Common Accident Locations

Workplace injuries can vary widely in severity and nature, affecting individuals in different ways depending on the circumstances of the accident and the type of work involved. Common injuries include, but are not limited to:

  • Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs)
  • Falls from heights
  • Machinery-related injuries
  • Vehicle accidents on the job
  • Exposure to harmful substances or environments
  • Lifting and manual handling injuries

These accidents can occur in various settings, from construction sites and manufacturing plants to offices and retail environments. Each location presents unique hazards, making it crucial to have a lawyer who understands the specific risks associated with different workplaces.

Our Practice Areas

Philly Injury Lawyer specializes in a wide range of practice areas relevant to workplace injuries, including:

  • Workers’ Compensation Claims
  • Personal Injury
  • Occupational Diseases
  • Wrongful Death Claims
  • Disability Claims

Our expertise extends beyond the immediate filing of claims. We also assist with the appeals process for denied claims, ensuring that every avenue for compensation is explored thoroughly.

Geographic Considerations

Located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Philly Injury Lawyer is ideally positioned to serve clients across the region. Our proximity to landmarks such as the Liberty Bell Museum and the historic Allentown Fairgrounds enables us to connect with the community we serve, understanding the local industries and employment landscape that contribute to workplace injuries.

Contact Us

If you or a loved one has been injured at work, do not hesitate to reach out to Philly Injury Lawyer. Contact us at (484) 388-5766 for a free consultation. Remember, we win or it’s free.

FAQ’s for Injury Victims

Q: What should I do immediately after being injured at work?

A: Report the injury to your employer as soon as possible and seek medical attention. Document everything, including the circumstances of the injury, witnesses, and medical care received.

Q: How soon should I contact a lawyer after a workplace injury?

A: It’s advisable to contact a lawyer as soon as you are able, especially before filing a workers’ compensation claim. This ensures that your rights are protected from the start.

Q: Can I be fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim?

A: No, it is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee for filing a workers’ compensation claim. If you believe you have been unfairly treated, contact us immediately.

Q: What if my workers’ compensation claim is denied?

A: If your claim is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision. Our team can guide you through the appeals process, advocating for your right to compensation.

Q: Do I have to pay if we don’t win the case?

A: At Philly Injury Lawyer, our promise is “we win or it’s free.” You will not owe us anything unless we secure compensation for you.

Hire us as Your Legal Partner

At Philly Injury Lawyer, we are more than just your legal representatives; we are your partners in navigating the challenging path towards recovery and justice. Our empathetic and professional team is dedicated to ensuring that every client receives the personalized attention and expert representation they deserve. Contact us today at (484) 388-5766 to learn more about how we can assist you with your workers’ compensation claim.