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Pennsylvania Worker’s Compensation Lawyer

A work injury can throw you and your loved ones’ lives into turmoil when you can no longer earn a living. Workers’ comp insurance provides benefits to cope with the resulting losses, but employers’ insurance companies may dispute your claim and introduce other legal complexities. Speak with a knowledgeable Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyer from Cordisco & Saile LLC to discuss your rights and receive the compensation you deserve.

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.

Injured workers have a right to receive workers’ compensation benefits until they can work again. If you’re too injured to ever work again, your compensation must reflect all the damages associated with losing the ability to make a living. Unfortunately, insurance companies always look for ways to complicate the process and avoid paying in full.

The Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC will aggressively pursue the justice you deserve for your work injuries. Let us relieve you of the legal burden of fighting alone so you can focus on recovering.  

Why Choose Cordisco & Saile LLC?

Cordisco & Saile LLC is committed to putting your best interests first. We know how uncertain your future can feel after sustaining a workplace injury or illness. We aim to relieve that uncertainty by answering your every question and keeping you in the loop on new case developments. Satisfied clients often mention our team’s personalized attention to their cases:

“When I was injured, my family reached out to Cordisco & Saille. From the first moment, I knew I had nothing to worry about and felt comfortable leaving everything in their hands. I was informed every step of the way of the ongoing progress and game plan of the process. I highly recommend them if you want the comfort of knowing things are taken care of.” – Nicolas H.

We have offices in seven convenient Pennsylvania locations to serve you better. Schedule a free consultation online or on-site to speak with an award-winning workers’ compensation lawyer today.

Why Hire a Workers' Compensation Lawyer?

It may seem simple to win a workers’ compensation case. After all, you have physical proof of your injury, medical records, and witnesses. However, workers’ comp claims are much more complex than they seem. There are always unexpected legal complexities that threaten your chances of compensation. Having a Pennsylvania workers’ comp attorney ensures your case moves faster and more smoothly.

What Does a Workers' Compensation Lawyer Do?

Cordisco & Saile LLC will represent you every step of the way, from when you decide to file a claim until you obtain your desired case results. Here’s what a workers’ comp lawyer can do for you:

  • Guide you when filing a claim: Improperly reporting your injury and filing your claim can cost you. We will gather the facts and ensure you file the correct documents within the set deadlines. We’ll also provide counsel on the do’s and don’ts to avoid common mistakes after a work injury.   
  • Negotiate and handle all communication with insurers: Employers and insurance companies may dispute your claim, making it difficult to obtain workers’ comp on your own. We will negotiate for compensation that covers all your losses, ensuring you aren’t left with out-of-pocket medical costs and lost wages. 
  • Offer experienced legal advice on work injury settlementsYour employer or insurance company may offer a lump sum settlement at any stage of the case instead of workers’ benefits. While this seems like an ideal financial opportunity, settlements are not always a good idea. Your workers’ compensation attorney in Lehigh Valley and beyond will evaluate the pros and cons of accepting a settlement and explain what it means for you.   
  • Represent you at hearings and contest any denial of benefits: If the employer’s insurer denies your Pennsylvania workers’ comp claim, an attorney will pursue compensation through the hearings process.

Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Laws

Enacted in 1915, the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act allows employees to collect certain monetary benefits when they sustain a work-related injury or illness. An injured worker is entitled to benefits regardless of who caused the accident.

Employers with three or more workers must purchase workers’ comp insurance to cover their employees. You’re eligible for the following benefits when you file a Pennsylvania work injury claim:

  • Costs for your past and ongoing medical treatment
  • Lost wages for the period you can’t work or return to work in a reduced capacity
  • Fatal claim benefits in case of wrongful death from a work injury or illness
  • Specific loss benefits such as disfigurement, permanent disability, or losing a body part
The amount of lost wages benefits you can receive is two-thirds of your average weekly pay, but there are minimum and maximum limits. For instance, the maximum weekly wage for injuries sustained on or after Jan. 1, 2023, is $1,273.  
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What Should I Do if My Workers' Compensation Claim Was Denied?

If your workers’ compensation claim was denied, your employer should notify you within 21 days after filing. After a denial, the first thing to do is to determine why the insurance company turned down your claim. Reasons may include the following:

  • Your injuries are not work-related
  • The injuries are not severe enough to prevent you from working
  • You failed to notify your supervisor after a workplace accident or illness diagnosis  
  • You were under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substances when the injury occurred
  • Your own violence caused the injuries

You can contest a denial by filing a claim petition with the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Bureau. An administrative law judge will assess and rule on your case by reversing or confirming the denial of benefits. You can petition the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board to appeal the judge’s ruling. Contacting the workers’ comp attorneys at Cordisco and Saile LLC will vastly improve this process and help ensure you receive your benefits.

What types of injuries are covered by workers' compensation?

Pennsylvania’s workers’ comp covers nearly all work-related injuries. A workers’ compensation attorney can help you gather facts from your workplace and expert witnesses to prove the injuries are connected to your work.

Some common types of injuries under workers’ comp are:

  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Burns
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Herniated discs
  • Electrocution
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Hearing loss
  • Asthma
  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestosis
  • Pre-existing occupational conditions aggravated by a work accident  

Can You Sue Your Employer In Pennsylvania for a Work Injury?

Workers’ compensation insurance protects an employer from being sued by an employee for work injuries. However, you might qualify to file a claim against your employer if they don’t have workers’ comp insurance or if they intentionally or maliciously caused your injuries. Such cases are rare and require a skilled attorney to prove your claim.

Another avenue for compensation after a workplace accident is through third-party lawsuits. If our investigation shows your injuries result from another person’s negligence besides yourself, your employer, and colleagues, Cordisco & Saile LLC’s lawyers can file a personal injury claim on your behalf. 

Third parties who might be liable for work injuries or illnesses include the following:

  • Defective equipment manufacturers
  • Toxic substances manufacturers
  • General contractors and subcontractors
  • Government agencies
  • Property maintenance companies 
  • Negligent drivers

Consult a Top-Rated Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Lawyer from Cordisco & Saile

If you’ve sustained an injury or illness from an accident at the workplace, you must file for workers’ comp benefits from your employer’s insurance company. Before doing so, contact a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyer to avoid a claim denial and know what to expect from the legal process. 

The Cordisco & Saile LLC legal team is ready to take on your case. Contact us online or call our offices at (215) 642-2335 to get started.

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