In Pennsylvania, most private employers must provide workers’ compensation benefits to employees. The employer pays premiums into the program on behalf of each worker. Following an injury on the job, the affected employee qualifies for workers’ compensation and can recover compensation for:
- Medical bills;
- Lost wages; and
- Other expenses.
A workers’ compensation lawyer in Doylestown can help with this process. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we can help you with your workers’ compensation claim. We offer free case evaluations. We can discuss your case, answer your workers’ compensation questions, and talk about your legal options. To schedule an appointment, call us today at 215-642-2335.
The Lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC Can Help You Fight for Compensation for Your On-The-Job Injury.
If you work for a private company, your employer probably participates in the workers’ compensation program, since it is required for nearly all employers.
Ideally, workers’ compensation is a win-win for employers and employees. Employees have a straightforward way to recover compensation for an injury, and employers receive protection from lawsuits. If your employer is in good standing with workers’ compensation, you generally cannot sue them over an on-the-job injury.
Potential Challenges of Filing a Workers' Compensation Claim
Since you cannot file a personal injury lawsuit against an employer in good standing with the program, you must go through workers’ compensation to recover money for your losses. However, there are potential challenges that could complicate your claim. We can help you address these problems and overcome them.
Your Employer Could Try to Deny Your Workers’ Compensation Claim.
Under several circumstances, your employer can try to deny your claim. That is why were prepare our clients for this possibility and have a defense ready.
Like car and life insurers, workers’ compensation assigns companies premiums based on a risk assessment. If multiple claims come from one company, workers’ compensation will deem the company as risky, and its premiums will likely rise.
If your employer has any justification to deny your claim, it might try to make that argument in order to prevent its risk rating from rising. To successfully deny your claim, your employer must show evidence that proves:
- You contributed to your own injury; and
- Your behavior was inappropriate.
Your employer would have to show that you deliberately acted recklessly to be able to deny your claim. For example, if you accidentally tripped in a pothole and broke your leg, you should still qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. However, if you showed up to work intoxicated and had an accident while operating a piece of heavy equipment, your employer would be justified in denying your claim.
Your Employer Might Not Be in Compliance With Workers’ Compensation.
The second challenge we see from time to time involves a worker who files a claim only to find that their employer is out of compliance with workers’ compensation. If this occurs in your case, we can pursue compensation through the Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund.
Our Lawyers Also Pursue All Responsible Third Parties.
Depending on the circumstances of your workplace injury, multiple parties could be responsible, and one or more of those parties might be someone other than your employer. When a third party causes or contributes to an on-the-job injury, we can sue them to recover damages. This route is also the one we generally take if you are not employed on a W-2 basis. This could apply if, for instance, you are a 1099 contractor or a freelancer.
The Cordisco & Saile LLC Legal Team Pursues Full and Fair Compensation on Your Behalf.
Despite all its challenges, a successful workers’ compensation claim offers many benefits. Your award could include some or all of the following compensation types:
- Current and future medical costs, like surgeries, medical procedures, doctor visits, prescription drugs, medical devices, physical therapy, and rehabilitation;
- Disability, including loss of speech or hearing, loss of limb or finger, scarring, disfigurement, and other permanent damage;
- Lost wages, which is the income you are unable to earn while you missed work to recover from your injuries;
- Reduced ability to earn, which is the difference between what you are now earning and what you would be earning if your injury had not happened; and
- Death benefits, which compensate the surviving spouse or heirs of a worker killed on the job.
Before filing a workers’ compensation claim, speak with a lawyer from Cordisco & Saile LLC. We have fought and won many of these cases in Pennsylvania. We can handle anything that comes our way during the process. You deserve full and fair compensation, and our job is to help you get it.
Call Cordisco & Saile LLC at 215-642-2335 to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation With a Member of Our Workers’ Compensation Team.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our workers’ compensation attorneys serve Doylestown and all surrounding areas. We want to make you our next satisfied client. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our team members, call 215-642-2335 today.