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How do I pay for a workers’ compensation attorney?

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Have you been injured on the job? Do you have a workers’ compensation case or want to file a workers’ compensation claim? Is the workers’ compensation carrier trying to modify, suspend or terminate your benefits?  A common question is, how can I afford an attorney to help me with my case, especially if I cannot work?

Good news… Paula Robinson of Robinson Law is a contingency fee attorney, which means there are no out of pocket costs to you for her representation!  Paula is only paid if she is successful in obtaining or keeping your workers’ compensation benefits. When handling a workers’ compensation claim, it usually requires your lawyer to order medical records, take depositions, order hearing transcripts, that all cost money to support your case. These expenses are covered by your attorney and you are not responsible for paying for them out of your settlement or benefits. Read More

5 Steps To Selecting The Best Workers Compensation Attorney

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thumbs upSelecting and retaining a reputable workers’ compensation lawyer is crucial to winning your case in court and/or attaining the highest possible lump sum settlement. Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law is extremely specific, and you want the best workers’ compensation attorney to help you present your case in court. You don’t need to and should not just choose a lawyer out of the Yellow Pages. It will benefit you to do a little research to see that the lawyer you hire is reputable and specializes in workers’ compensation cases.

1. The best way to find a reputable lawyer is through word of mouth. Talk to anyone who has been in your situation and see who they used to represent them in court, and what their personal experience was like. Anyone who has had to file a workers compensation claim can tell you who is reputable and was responsive to their own unique needs. No two people are alike, thus no two cases are ever identical as to what needs to be done to protect the client’s interests.

2. Next, you will want to check out the Attorney’s disciplinary history with the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and whether they are certified as a specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

3. Find out how long the lawyer has been practicing workers compensation law. You want a lawyer who has been in this business for more than a few years. Retaining a well-seasoned lawyer will give you the best chances in your particular case, as they will have both the experience and knowledge of the interworkings of the system, the Judges, and even opposing attorneys’ tactics.

4. Once you have narrowed down your choices, you will want to check out the law firm’s website. Most lawyers advertise online in today’s modern world, and their website can speak volumes about the individual lawyer. If the spelling is atrocious and the website is sloppy, then you know that the lawyer doesn’t pay attention to detail and that you need to keep looking. Also, does the lawyer show a personal compassionate side, or is it all cold hard business? We are all human, and while the expertise is a must, a bit of receptivity, caring, listening, and understanding is unmatched.

5. The last step in hiring a good workers comp lawyer is to contact the lawyer who you are considering. This will be the deciding factor, as you will experience how the lawyer interacts with you. You will want to meet face to face and ask questions during the initial interview to get to know the lawyer before making a final decision. If at any time during the consultation you feel uneasy, or just simply don’t like the lawyer, it’s best to end the interview and go back to your research. Trusting your lawyer is one of the most important considerations when retaining a firm; if you don’t feel that you can trust him or her, then it’s time to move on to another candidate.

Choosing the best lawyer to represent you in a workers’ compensation case can be a somewhat challenging experience; however, once you have found the right lawyer for you and your particular needs, it will make the litigation experience better. You deserve to be represented by someone who will care as much about you and your case as you do.  One suggestion would be Paula Robinson Esq.

Accurate Work Injury Descriptions Are A Must In Workers Comp Cases

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When a Pennsylvania worker sustains an injury at work, whether it is physical or mental, notice of the injury must be promptly given to the Employer.

1. Once the Employer’s workers compensation carrier is advised of the injury, the assigned adjustor has 21 days within which to investigate and accept or deny the claim.

2. If the claim is accepted, it will be accepted either through a Notice Of Compensation Payable or a Notice of Temporary Compensation Payable.

3. If the Notice Of Compensation Payable (NCP) is issued, the claim is out right accepted, and payments of wage loss benefits, if any, and medical benefits will be paid by the workers’ compensation carrier.

4. If the Notice Of Temporary Compensation Payable (NTCP) is issued, the claimant is temporarily accepted for 90 days, and can thereafter be accepted or denied by the workers’ compensation carrier.

5. Regardless of which Notice is issued, there will be a section noted on the designated workers’ compensation form entitled “INJURY INFORMATION” which will list the body parts affected, type and description of injury. This information will serve to be critical to the injured worker, as it will affect their future medical treatment and receipt of benefits. Read More

Checklist: Report Work Injuries Immediately When They Happen

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Here it is Monday morning and you are just getting to work. You’re feeling great as you have just had a wonderful weekend and you are ready get your work day started. Your boss tells you to move the pallets on the floor of the stockroom and off you go. As you begin setting the pallets to be moved with the forklift, you slip and fall. As you try to get up, you realize that something is seriously wrong with your back. This is not what you had in mind when you got up this morning. Read More

Heat & Weather Related Work Injuries

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weather injuriesEveryone is entitled to a good working environment as well as a safe working environment. This includes safety with equipment as well as safety with weather related injuries that occur at work.

There are many different scenarios at work that can cause a weather related injury. If you are injured at work and believe that it was due to neglectful business practices, you will want to contact an attorney. If you are located in Eastern Pennsylvania you will want to contact Robinson Law.
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Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney Doylestown Pennsylvania

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If you have been injured on the job, or were disabled for any reason, you need to know your rights. Workers Compensation Laws and Social Security Disability (SSD) Guidelines can be difficult to understand. If you are dealing with either of these in the Doylestown, Pennsylvania area, you can have an experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney in your corner. Read More

Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney Mansfield Pennsylvania

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A work-related injury can happen to anyone at any time, and in just about every type of employment. You can be working in a warehouse and suffer chronic pain from repetitive motions, or you are in an office that has flooded, creating mold and causing severe reactions. When injuries happen while you are on the clock, you can claim workers compensation to cover your income and medical bills while you recover. However, a claim is not always as straightforward as it may seem. Read More

Get the Right Workers Compensation Lawyer Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania

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When an accident happens at your place of work and your employer is deemed to be responsible through negligence, you have the right to seek compensation. I am sure that you are aware of the fact that most companies are very stubborn when it comes to compensating their employees even if it is quite clear that they are indeed in the wrong. Trying to pursue the matter alone might prove very frustrating especially if the company executives have at their disposal a group of heavy duty lawyers. In such a case, your only hope is to hire a workers’ compensation lawyer to represent you and argue your case out. Read More

Specific Loss Claims Under PA Workers’ Compensation

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amputeeIn the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Worker’s Compensation Act allows payment of compensation for loss (amputation)or permanent loss of use of body parts, binaural hearing loss of greater than 10%, disfigurement, and loss of vision in one or both eyes. This particular compensation is referred to as specific loss benefits. Specific loss benefits are an exclusive remedy, and are paid even if the worker loses no time from work.

Extremities included under specific loss benefits include leg, lower leg, foot, great toe, other toes, hand, forearm, arm, thumb, first finger, second finger, third finger, and fourth finger. The amount of benefits varies for each of the specific body parts, and may or may not include a healing period. The Pennsylvania Worker’s Compensation Act provides for payments for a healing period. In addition to the specific weeks awarded for the loss of use, there are specific numbers of additional weeks for each different specific loss, but stops if the worker returns to work without impairment in earnings before the expiration of the healing. In the event of several specific losses, the longest healing period will be paid.

No healing period will be paid if there is total disability from injuries separate from the specific loss. In specific loss cases, there are time limitations, referred to as Statue of Limitations. The date of injury for that purpose is the date when the worker is notified by a Dr. of the loss of use of a body part or faculty for all practical intents and purposes and that the injury is work-related. Medical evidence is needed to support these claims, and notice must be given to the employer within 120 days. Further, a Claim Petition for specific loss must be filed within three years from the date of injury. There are some exceptions to extend the limitation period, but every case is fact specific, and must be reviewed and analyzed on a case-by-case basis.

To find out more information about this type of compensation under the Pennsylvania Workers, Compensation Law, contact Paula Robinson.

Slips and Falls on Ice and Workers Compensation

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During winter, un-cleared sidewalks and parking lots cause many slips and falls on ice. If you have experienced a fall either coming from or going into work walking on a sidewalk or parking lot are you eligible to collect worker’s comp benefits? A good workers compensation attorney will be able to sort out the facts and let you know whether you are eligible or not.

Eligibility depends on a lot of factors. Does your employer solely own the parking lot or sidewalk, or is it part of a multi-business building that is maintained by someone other than your employer? Also, is there more than one entrance to the building giving you a choice of a clearer path? Read More