If you suffered injuries at work in Pennsylvania, workers’ compensation probably covers you. The law covers almost all employees of private businesses, including part-time and seasonal workers. Whether you work for a big company, small business, start-up, or nonprofit, the chances are good that your employer has workers’ compensation insurance.
What does this mean for you? It means that you have a streamlined way to recover compensation after an injury at work. However, the process is not without its hiccups; a workers’ compensation lawyer in Bucks County can help you get the money you deserve.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we have a record of winning workers’ compensation benefits for our clients. We can put our resources to work for you. If you were hurt at work, discuss your case with us. We welcome you to come in, meet face to face with a lawyer, and get answers to your burning questions.
Call 215-642-2335 for an appointment.
What Is Workers’ Compensation?
The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act provides monetary benefits for those injured at work to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs. Private insurance companies or the State Workers’ Insurance Fund (a state-run workers’ compensation insurer) administer these payments.
In exchange for workers’ compensation benefits, you give up your right to sue your employer. That means your only route to getting benefits is by going through the workers’ compensation system.
But if a third party bears some or all the liability for your injury, we can pursue damages via an injury claim or lawsuit against that third party. After evaluating the details of your case, Cordisco & Saile LLC can help you pursue a workers’ compensation claim, third-party lawsuit, or both.
What Benefits Can I Get From Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania provides for several types of benefits. Before filing a claim on your behalf, our legal team gathers substantial evidence to build a compelling case so we can argue for the max compensation in each area.
You are entitled to the following damages in a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claim:
- Lost Wages: You might have to miss substantial work while recovering from your injury. Workers’ compensation pays you for the earnings you forfeit while you are unable to work. Also, if the effects of your injury reduce your capacity to earn a living going forward, you are entitled to compensation that makes up the difference between what you are able to earn and what you would be earning had you not been injured.
- Specific Loss: If you suffered a specific and disabling injury, such as the permanent loss of use of a finger, hand, toe, or foot; a hearing or speech loss; or a serious and permanent disfigurement on your face, head, or neck, you are eligible to receive specific loss benefits.
- Medical Bills: Workers’ compensation provides for reasonable costs of necessary surgical and medical procedures after a work injury. This includes hospital treatment and services, medication, doctor visits, and medical devices.
- Death: If your family member or loved one lost her life in a work injury, you could be entitled to a death benefit on her behalf.
Do I Need a Lawyer to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
You have the right to represent yourself in a workers’ compensation claim. But that does not mean it is wise to do so.
Workers’ compensation cases can be complex. It is not always as simple as filing a claim and then waiting for your check to arrive in the mail. Your employer has an incentive to deny your claim if it can; after all, workers’ compensation is like car insurance in that claims can result in higher premiums.
If a dispute arises, your employer and the insurance company will have legal representation. You deserve to have someone working on your behalf as well. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we have the tools to take on employers and insurance companies large and small to get you the money you deserve.
So how might your employer deny your claim? The law absolves employers of the duty to pay workers’ compensation claims in cases where the employee caused their injury by engaging in horseplay or drinking on the job. Your employer might try to argue that you were behaving in a way that exempts you from getting benefits. We can anticipate arguments of that nature and counter it with evidence that shows your employer is liable.
Call 214-642-2335 to Schedule Your Free Consultation Today
The legal team at Cordisco & Saile LLC offers comprehensive workers’ compensation help in Bucks County. We help workers injured due to:
- Construction accidents
- Destructive equipment
- Falls from height
- Unsafe work conditions
- Work vehicle accidents
- Burns from fires
- Trapped by falling structures
- And other work injuries
Before you file your claim, or if your employer or the insurance company is treating you unfairly, talk to us. The consultation is always free, so make time to sit down with one of our attorneys face-to-face and discuss your options. Give us a call today: 215-642-2335.