If you are a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) Mideastern Region Unit 57 who suffered an on-the-job injury, you have rights. Under the PSEA handbook for 2018, you could qualify for compensation for your medical bills, time away from work, and other damages associated with your injury.
Receiving the benefits you deserve as an injured Pennsylvania worker, however, is not always an easy process. That is why you need an accomplished workers’ compensation lawyer on your side. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we want to help if you were hurt on the job as a PSEA Mideastern Region Union 57 member. Call our office for a free case evaluation. We would love to meet you and make you our next satisfied client. You can reach us at 215-642-2335 to schedule an appointment.
The Rights You Have as an Injured PSEA Midwestern Region Unit 57 Member
According to the 2018 handbook, PSEA members who suffer injuries at work or while carrying out work-related duties have access to all of the rights and benefits specified in their contracts until they can return to work. The handbook also states that all education employees should be informed of their rights by law to workers' compensation insurance.
A separate 2016 agreement entitles injured teachers in the state to work-related disability leave. During this period of leave, you are eligible for the full compensation you were earning before, minus what you are receiving in workers' compensation or Social Security Disability benefits. In other words, your total take-home pay, regardless of source, should not decrease.
How to File for Benefits as an Injured PSEA Employee
Your PSEA union representative serves as a liaison between you and your employer. Their job is to advocate for your rights throughout your employment. After an accident on the job, you should report what happened to your union representative, so they can start the process of filing a claim for benefits.
It is also a good idea to speak with an attorney from Cordisco & Saile LLC. The laws regarding workers' compensation are notoriously complex, and when public-sector unions enter the equation, the situation becomes even more muddled. We can help you detangle all the nuances of the law, understand the benefits for which you are eligible, and build a strong, compelling claim to collect your benefits.
The Benefits Possible Through a Workers' Compensation Claim
Workers' compensation insurance pays for your lost wages, your time away from work, your medical expenses, and other costs associated with your injury. It operates as an insurance program: Your employer pays into it on your behalf, and you can file a claim for an injury suffered on the job.
In Pennsylvania, most private employers are required to have workers' compensation that covers all full-time employees.
Because the PSEA is a union representing public-sector employees, however, the rules for workers' compensation are a little different. However, the PSEA maintains that Pennsylvania teachers the right to workers' compensation benefits. Our attorneys can help you fight for the benefits you deserve.
Filing a Lawsuit Against Your Employer for a Work-Related Injury
Because your employer participates in workers' compensation and offers benefits through this program, you usually cannot sue in a workers’ compensation case. To collect benefits, we must use the workers' compensation system rather than go after your employer in a traditional lawsuit.
However, if your employer loses its good standing in the workers' compensation system or otherwise fails to provide you the benefits it promised, we might be able to file suit. If you believe this applies to your case, contact us as soon as possible. Since your employer is a government entity, we must approach the case in a certain way and meet specific deadlines. At your free initial case evaluation, we can examine your situation and determine the best way to proceed.
If Your Employer Tries to Deny Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
Employers can deny workers' compensation claims under some limited circumstances. Beware, though: Employers sometimes try to deny claims even without justification. That is why we are always prepared to fight for our clients’ benefits.
Your employer can deny your claim if there is evidence showing:
- You were behaving inappropriately or recklessly at the time of your injury; or
- You were intoxicated when you got hurt.
Otherwise, even if your injury was your own fault and occurred due to careless behavior, your employer must fulfill your workers' compensation claim. If your employer tries to wrongfully deny your claim, we can help you fight for the benefits you need.
A Union Injury Lawyer Can Help You Handle Your Case
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we focus on helping injured workers collect benefits. We recognize that each case comes with a unique set of merits and challenges, and we know how to navigate the laws to deliver the best possible outcome for each specific client. We will review your claim, conduct a full investigation, gather evidence, and assemble a case that is thorough and compelling.
To Schedule a Free Case Evaluation With a Lawyer From Cordisco & Saile LLC, Call 215-642-2335.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our attorneys want to help you win the benefits you deserve for your injury at work. We offer free case evaluations, where we will answer all your workers’ compensation questions and let you know more about your legal options. To schedule a free case evaluation with a member of our team, call 215-642-2335 today.