Worker's Compensation Lawyers
When someone asks, “What do you do?” they’re not asking what you do in your spare time. They’re asking what you do to earn a living. As Americans, our jobs are central to our identities. When a work injury occurs and prevents us from doing our jobs, it can be devastating to our self-esteem, our family life and our financial stability.
Under Pennsylvania law, employers are required by the Worker’s Compensation Act to provide employees who sustain a work injury with wage and medical benefits while they are off work recovering. Employers, and particularly their worker’s compensation insurance carriers, want to save money by scrimping on your medical care and getting you back to work as soon as possible, even if you’re not ready. That’s why you need an experienced worker’s compensation attorney from Powell Law to stand up for your rights and make sure you don’t get pushed around.
If you are hurt on the job, you have 120 days to report the injury in order to receive worker’s compensation benefits, but we recommend you report the injury immediately and in writing. For the first 90 days after you start receiving benefits, you are required to treat with the company doctor. After that, you can go to the doctor of your choice. The law requires your employer to post the names of at least six physicians you can choose from to treat your injuries. If none are posted, you are free to choose your own. You might also be asked to allow a case manager from your employer’s worker’s compensation carrier to talk to you about your case and attend your doctor’s appointments. Don’t do it. They are not your friends, and you are under no obligation to comply. They only want to get you back to work as quickly as possible and save money. Let your lawyer do the talking.
The laws and rules that apply to Pennsylvania worker’s compensation claims are complicated. While you are off work recuperating, your worker’s compensation lawyer will help you sort through the day-to-day issues that arise, communicate with the case manager from your employer’s worker’s compensation insurance company, make sure the insurance company doesn’t cut off your medications, and go to court, if necessary, to make sure your rights are protected, among other things. If you are unable to go back to work, the worker’s compensation attorneys from Powell Law can help you obtain a fair worker’s compensation settlement. DO NOT agree to any settlements without legal representation.
If you choose Powell Law to handle your worker’s comp case, you won’t pay any fees up front. We will represent you on a contingent fee basis, which means our fees are paid out of the money you collect. Your attorney at Powell Law will explain how it works and answer any questions you may have when you come in for an evaluation of your case.
If you’ve been injured at work and need to collect worker’s compensation, contact us TODAY for a FREE evaluation of your case.