Benefits of Hiring a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Getting hurt on the job can lead to expensive medical treatment, lengthy physical therapy, costly rehabilitation, and time away from work. Workplace injuries can be serious, and even result in death. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2.7 million workplace injuries and illnesses occurred in 2020.
Workers’ compensation benefits exist to cover injured workers’ medical expenses and lost wages suffered. These benefits also compensate families of workers who are killed on the job. A Wilkes-Barre workers’ comp lawyer can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
But do you need a workers’ compensation lawyer to handle your claim? The answer is almost always yes. If you have been injured at work, Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys’s workers’ comp lawyers can help you understand your rights. Call us at 844-303-7321 or email us to schedule your free initial consultation.
There are advantages and disadvantages to hiring a workers’ compensation lawyer. Here are some of the pros and cons.
Pros of Hiring an Experienced Workers’ Comp Lawyer
- An experienced Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyer can make sure you file all the necessary paperwork on time and fill it out properly. You claim can be denied for even small errors in your paperwork.
- A workers’ comp lawyer can ensure you receive all the benefits you are entitled to receive, and that those benefits continue for as long as possible.
- Generally, an injured worker who hires an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer receives more money for their claim than workers who do not hire a lawyer.
- If your claim is denied, especially if you did not have an attorney for handling your claim initially, an experienced workers’ comp lawyer can appeal the denial. In many cases, the worker is successful on appeal when an experienced workers’ comp lawyer handles the case.
- A workers’ compensation lawyer can handle discussions with insurance companies and the workers’ comp board on your behalf so you can focus on getting well.
- All insurance companies and most employers have lawyers to handle workers’ compensation claims. If you do not hire a lawyer, you will need to talk directly to those lawyers. With an experienced workers’ comp lawyer, your lawyer can speak to the other lawyers for you.
- An experienced workers’ comp lawyer can answer all your questions and will have your best interest in mind.
Cons of Hiring a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
- Some employers see an injured worker who hires an attorney as aggressive and negative. This is unfair as most employers have an attorney, or a team of attorneys, to handle the employer’s side of the workers’ compensation process.
- All hearings and other meetings must be scheduled around your schedule and your attorney’s schedule. This might make the claims process take longer. However, your workers’ comp lawyer will handle many of the conversations and negotiations for you. This means the claims process will require less of your time.
- Most workers’ compensation lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. This means they are not paid until they collect money for you on your claim. When you receive money on your claim, your workers’ comp lawyer will be paid a percentage. This means you will receive less than 100% of the money. However, when you hire an experienced workers’ comp lawyer, it is common that you will receive more compensation on your claim than if you handled it yourself. Ultimately, you may end up with more compensation when you hire an attorney even though a percentage is being paid to your workers’ comp lawyer.
Why Should You Hire a Pennsylvania Workers’ Comp Lawyer?
The workers’ compensation claims process can be complicated. It can be difficult for people who are unfamiliar with filing workers’ compensation claims. One small mistake could cause your entire work comp claim to be denied. And, even if you are receiving the benefits you deserve, your employer’s insurance company can try to stop your payments before they are allowed to stop them. That’s why you need a highly qualified workers’ comp lawyer to help you secure the compensation you deserve for as long as you need it.
Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys’s experienced workers’ comp lawyers are committed to getting the best outcome possible for you. Our skilled work injury lawyers accept all kinds of workers’ compensation cases, large and small. We have obtained many top settlements and verdicts for clients.
Every workers’ comp lawyer in our law firm is professional, aggressive, and skilled at helping hurt employees get the compensation they deserve. We work hard to protect your interests and ensure you are satisfied with your case’s outcome. Contact us online or call us at 844-303-7321 to speak to our experienced workers’ comp lawyers for a free case evaluation.
A Workers’ Comp Lawyer Can Help If Your Injury Claim Is Denied
Workers’ comp benefits are meant to cover medical bills and lost wages when you are injured on the job. It also provides compensation if you have an existing condition that is made worse by your job.
Unfortunately, many workers’ compensation insurance firms deny claims that should not be denied. Here are some of the reasons your claim could be denied:
- You put inaccurate information in your incident report
- You filed the application later than 120 days after the accident
- Your employer challenges whether you were injured
- Your employer says that your injury is not severe
- Your employer argues that you were not injured at work or in a work-related accident
- Your employer accuses you of using alcohol or illegal drugs while at work
- The insurance company says that you or your injury isn’t covered by the employer’s insurance policy
If your claim is denied for any of these reasons, or for any reason at all, you can appeal. The appeals process can be challenging and take a long time. While you are dealing with an injury and trying to get well, you don’t want to deal with the appeals process. That’s why it is important to have a skilled workers’ compensation lawyer fighting for your rights and handling the appeals procedure for you.
What Should You Do If You Were Injured on the Job?
Some construction workers might not go to the doctor for minor injuries in the hopes that the injury will get better on its own. This can be the case for back injuries suffered by workers who routinely lift, move, and carry heavy items. In 2020, over 11% of workplace accidents in Pennsylvania caused back injuries, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s annual report.
This is a mistake. Even minor injuries, especially injuries to the back, can get worse as time passes. This is why you need to go to the doctor or medical clinic immediately after a work-related accident.
After you receive medical attention, fill out an incident report form at work and report your accident in writing to your supervisor as soon as possible. The workers’ compensation law of Pennsylvania provides that you have 120 days from the accident to file this report. In our experience, it is best to not wait and to file your report within 3 days of the incident if you can.
After you file your report, your employers’ workers’ comp insurance company will likely contact you to find out more about your accident and injury. You need to speak with an experienced work injury lawyer in before talking to the insurance company. A skilled workers’ comp lawyer can talk directly to the insurance company for you to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Workers’ comp claims are not handled in court. Instead, they go through a special process within the workers’ compensation system. Decisions on your claim can be made by a workers’ comp administrative judge, by negotiation and settlement, or through alternative dispute resolution processes like mediation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation
Q: What is Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation?
The Pennsylvania workers’ compensation system requires employers to pay for insurance coverage so that employees hurt on the job receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and disability caused by work-related accidents. For most employers, workers’ comp coverage is required. If employers do not provide the insurance coverage, they may be sued by their employees and may be prosecuted for a crime.
Q: How Do I Know If I am Covered by Workers’ Comp?
The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act requires most Pennsylvania employers to protect their employees with workers’ comp insurance, no matter how large or small the business. Full-time and part-time workers are covered. Employees are covered from the first day on the job and for the entire time they work.
Most companies are required to provide workers’ comp coverage to their workers. But not all workers are covered. These workers might not be covered by Pennsylvania’s workers’ comp insurance:
- Railroad workers, federal employees, and employees covered by other workers’ compensation laws
- Agricultural workers who work for one employer for less than 30 days in a year,
- Farm workers who earn less than $1,200 a year from one job,
- Workers who are independent contractors rather than employees,
- Volunteer workers, and
- Workers who provide domestic services such as house cleaning and lawn care.
Q: How Long Do I Have to Report My Injury and File My Workers’ Comp Claim?
Under Pennsylvania law, you must report your injury to your employer within 120 days of the injury. You must file your claim within 3 years of the date of your injury. These time limits are strictly enforced so it is important for an injured worker to speak with an experienced worker’s compensation lawyer as soon as possible. If you do not report your injury or file your claim in time, your claim will be denied and you will not be able to receive money for your injuries.
Q: How Much Money Will I Receive for My Workplace Injuries?
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, workers and their families in Pennsylvania received over $2.8 million in 2019 from the workers’ compensation system. The amount of money you can receive for your injuries varies. Answers to these questions will help determine the amount of compensation you receive:
- How severe your injuries are,
- Whether you are totally or partially disabled, and
- The amount of time you are unable to work.
Q: What Makes Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys Different From Other Workers’ Compensation Lawyers?
At Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys, you get more than a lawyer. You get a law firm. Our attorneys work together as a team to give you the insight, experience, and combined efforts of our entire law firm. Our lawyers are highly-skilled and have a reputation for working harder than other lawyers. We protect your rights and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve in your worker’s comp case. Our mission is to help injured workers.
Q: Are the Workers’ Comp Lawyers of Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys Expensive?
The attorneys of Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means you don’t pay any legal fees to Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys unless we collect money for you on your workers’ comp claim.
Talk to a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Today
When it comes to hiring a workers’ comp lawyer to handle your workplace injury claim, the pros outweigh the cons. When you are injured, you want to use your time to heal, not fight with your employer or their insurance company. The experienced workers’ comp lawyers at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys can help.
Call us toll-free at 844-303-7321 today to speak to a qualified workers’ comp lawyer. Or contact us using our online form. We will review your case and tell you about your legal rights at no cost to you.