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Worker’s Compensation Lawyer in Lehigh Valley

People with job-related injuries in Pennsylvania can apply for workers’ compensation benefits to help cover their medical expenses and lost wages due to short or long-term disabilities. If you need help filing a workers’ compensation case or your claim has been denied, consult a Lehigh Valley workers’ compensation lawyer from Cordisco & Saile LLC. We can explore avenues available to obtain your rightful benefits.

This page has been written and edited by a team of experienced legal writers . This page was approved by Managing Partner, Michael Saile who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a personal injury attorney.

This page has been written and edited by a team of experienced legal writers . This page was approved by Managing Partner, Michael Saile who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a personal injury attorney.

Cordisco & Saile LLC’s workers’ comp attorneys have decades of combined experience helping injured Lehigh Valley workers and their families. We understand the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation system and the tactics insurance companies sometimes use to avoid paying claims.

We treat our clients like family, staying in regular communication and answering any questions they may have. Our local firm has won national recognition, earning accolades from The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and Super Lawyers. We also have a Superb 10.0 Avvo rating.

Our Lehigh Valley Workers' Compensation Attorneys Are Here for You

When you’ve been injured at work, the workers’ comp lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC are there for you. We will remove as much stress as possible for you and your family so you can focus on healing. 

We are passionate about helping our clients and devote personalized attention to every case. Our reputation and track record of success provide significant leverage with employers and insurers. When you work with us, you put the opposition on notice that you will fight for the benefits you deserve.  

What Qualifies as a Work Injury?

Pennsylvania law describes work injuries and illnesses in Article III of the Workers’ Compensation Act. The statute includes new injuries and illnesses, aggravations of existing injuries and illnesses, and death benefits for families.

To qualify for benefits, you must suffer an injury that arises during employment, is related to that employment, and results from actions that further your employer’s business. For example, you are covered under the law if you fall on a slippery surface at your workplace while performing your duties. However, you are likely not covered if you slipped and fell while engaging in horseplay with your coworkers.

An injury does not necessarily have to happen on a job site to be considered work-related. For instance, you are eligible for workers’ compensation if you are injured in a car accident while driving for your employer. However, you are generally not eligible if you were hurt while commuting to work. 

There are some gray areas in workers’ compensation law. For example, if you were hurt during an event outside of work, your employer may claim your injury is not work-related. However, if your supervisor made attendance at the event mandatory, you may be entitled to benefits.

If you need help after suffering a work-related injury in the Lehigh Valley, talk to an experienced Lehigh Valley workers’ compensation lawyer from Cordisco & Saile LLC. We can analyze the particular facts of your case to determine if you are eligible for benefits. 

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What Do I Do After I've Been Injured at Work?

There are several essential steps to take after a work injury. They protect your health and improve your chances of filing a successful workers’ compensation claim.

Get Medical Care

If your employer has a list of at least six physicians posted in the workplace, you must choose one of them to treat your work-related injuries. If there is no list, you can select a doctor. 

Tell the attending physician you were injured at work if you need emergency care. Keep records of all doctor visits and other medical expenses. Follow your treatment plan, or your employer may stop paying benefits.

Report Your Workplace Injury to Your Employer

Report your injury to your employer as soon as possible. You must give notice within 21 days to get retroactive benefits. You may lose your right to workers’ compensation benefits altogether if you do not give notice within 120 days. There is an exception if your employer already knew of your injury.

In addition to the 120-day deadline for notice of your injury, Pennsylvania also has a statute of limitations imposing a deadline for filing a workers’ companion claim. If you have been injured at work and denied medical or wage loss benefits, you must file a claim petition within three years of the injury date.

Contact Cordisco & Saile’s Workers' Compensation Attorneys

Pennsylvania law does not require you to have an attorney for your workers’ comp claim. However, even the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has pointed out that workers’ compensation litigation is complex, and your employer or their insurance carrier will have representation.

Partner with an award-winning Lehigh Valley personal injury attorney from Cordisco & Saile LLC, and let us fight them for you. 

What Types of Injuries Fall Under Workers' Compensation?

In 2022, there were 167,254 reported workplace injuries and illnesses in Pennsylvania. The most commonly reported injuries were the following:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Contusions, crushing, and bruises
  • Cuts, lacerations, and punctures
  • Fractures
  • Multiple injuries
  • Burns
  • Occupational illnesses

Pennsylvania law also has provisions covering workers’ compensation benefits for specific work-related illnesses, such as tuberculosis and chemical poisoning. Consult with a knowledgeable Lehigh Valley workers’ comp attorney from Cordisco & Saile LLC to discuss your injury and whether to proceed with an initial claim or appeal.

What Do I Do if My Workers' Compensation Claim Is Denied?

Insurers often deny claims. If so, you can file an initial claim petition with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and get a hearing with a workers’ compensation judge, during which both sides can present evidence.  

Workers’ compensation judges in Pennsylvania also deny claims. You can appeal to the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board by filing within 20 days of the judge’s decision. You can file your appeal online or print out Form LICB-2526 and mail it to the address on the form. 

When you file your appeal, you must include specific reasons why you think the original workers’ compensation judge was wrong in denying your claim. Simply stating that you believe the decision was incorrect is not sufficient.

Workers’ compensation denials often happen when employers and insurance companies don’t want to pay. They may claim your injury isn’t serious or wasn’t work-related. Consult an experienced workers’ comp attorney from Cordisco & Saile LLC who can explain to the appeals board why the initial judge on your case made a mistake of law or fact. 

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At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we’ve practiced personal injury law for over 30 years and have recovered millions of dollars for our injured clients. 

Let the workers’ compensation lawyers from Cordisco & Saile LLC help if you are fighting for benefits for a work-related injury. Our nationally recognized team of attorneys never stops fighting for our clients.

Contact Us Today for a Free Case Review

You and your family have enough to deal with after a work-related injury. You deserve support from our nationally recognized team of Lehigh Valley workers’ compensation lawyers who will put your needs first.

Contact Cordisco & Saile LLC today by completing our online form or calling us at 215-642-2335. We offer free, no-obligation consultations to our clients in Lehigh Valley, Bucks County, the greater Philadelphia area, New Jersey, and beyond.

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