Wilkes-Barre Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Call Us After a Workplace Injury
Were you injured at work? Despite your best efforts to stay safe and follow all safety protocols, it is entirely possible to get hurt at work. Whether you work in a busy industry like construction or a quiet office setting, you are probably covered by workers’ compensation as an employee. Utilizing all of your workers’ comp benefits, however, is a different situation altogether.
Insurance companies usually make workers’ comp claims difficult. Simplify them again with the help of Fellerman & Ciarimboli Law PC and our Wilkes-Barre workers’ compensation attorneys. We have been standing by the sides of injured workers in our communities since 2000. If you’re not certain how you are going to stay financially afloat after a workplace accident, then contact us to start exploring all of your legal options today.
Dial (800) 513-8941 to arrange a free initial consultation with our team.
Benefits Available to Injured Workers in Pennsylvania
Did you know that Pennsylvania uses a no-fault system for workers’ compensation claims? It is true. Your own mistakes could have caused your on-the-job injuries and you would still be able to file a claim and collect all the benefits to you. One of the trade-offs for a system that usually ignores liability is that it can be difficult to file a personal injury claim against your own employer for any reason.
What benefits categories can you get through workers’ compensation?
- Healthcare: Workers’ compensation benefits must pay for all necessary medical treatments after a workplace accident leaves an eligible worker injured. Insurance companies often argue that a treatment is not necessary but instead elective to try to sidestep providing healthcare benefits, though.
- Partial disability: For up to 500 weeks after your accident, you can receive partial disability benefits as a type of wage replacement. Usually, partial disability benefits are given to an employee who is injured, cannot return to regular work capacities, and can complete some form of light-duty work.
- Total disability: If your injuries are severe enough for a doctor to order you to bedrest and aftercare with no stress from work, then you could receive total disability benefits. This type of wage replacement benefit can go indefinitely depending on the details of your workers’ comp insurance policy.
- Permanent injury: After losing all or most function of a body part in a workplace accident, you could be eligible for permanent injury payment benefits. Amputations and vision loss are common reasons why a workers’ comp claimant is given this type of wage replacement.
- Death: The surviving family members of a worker who dies in a workplace accident or due to an occupational illness might be able to collect death benefits through the workers’ compensation coverage provided to the deceased worker.
When Should You Tell Your Boss?
At some point after your workplace accident, you must notify your employer about what happened. Many people will feel hesitant to take this step because they do not want to get in trouble with their employer. Please remember that your employer cannot legally retaliate against you for getting hurt at work. You should also know that you only have 21 days under Pennsylvania law to tell your employer that you were hurt at work.
Once your employer is notified about your on-the-job injury, it will be time to start thinking about whether or not you want to pursue full workers’ compensation benefits. You technically have 3 years to file your claim, but waiting that long is rarely the right idea. Instead, you should coordinate with our Wilkes-Barre workers’ comp lawyers soon after your accident to start building your claim while details about the incident are relatively fresh in your mind.
Free Consultations for Inquiring Clients
You should be getting bedrest after an on-the-job injury, not fighting with insurance companies and possibly your own employer. To take all of the stressful work associated with filing a workers’ compensation claim off your shoulders, head to Fellerman & Ciarimboli Law PC and talk with our Wilkes-Barre workers’ compensation attorneys. We are dedicated to exceeding your expectations and making your life easier by advancing your workers’ comp claim on your behalf.
To discuss the important details of your workers’ comp claim, call (800) 513-8941 today.