Workers’ Compensation laws do vary somewhat from state-to-state. If you are injured or become ill on the job due to a work-related condition, you likely are considering filing for Workers’ Compensation. While an attorney often represents you to get the benefits you are due, you should still have basic knowledge of workers’ compensation.
Workers’ Comp – the basics
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, workers’ compensation “provides coverage for an employee who has suffered an injury or illness resulting from job-related duties.” The coverage an individual is entitled to includes “medical and rehabilitation costs and lost wages.” While employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance on employees, actually getting benefits is often an entirely different ballgame. The battle to get workers’ compensation often takes the expertise of an attorney who specializes in workers’ compensation claims.
Workers’ compensation is explained by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, who says that nearly every worker is covered by the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, with certain exceptions. One exception is that no workers’ compensation benefits will be paid for intentionally inflicted injuries.
The first step in securing workers’ compensation is to report any injury or work-related illness to your supervisor or designated administrator immediately, no matter how minor the injury or work-related illness. Failure to report the injury in a timely manner can result in delay or denial of benefits. Your employer is required to report the injury or illness to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation after your first missed day or shift of work. If your employer denies your claim, you have the right to file a Claim Petition to have your case heard by a Workers’ Compensation Judge. You can represent yourself; however, you will likely want the services of an attorney who specializes in getting benefits due to workers, such as an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer at Robinson Law LLC. To pursue workers’ compensation benefits, in most cases, it requires expert testimony from a physician, and only an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer will know how to read the medical records and ask the right questions for the best possible outcome for each particular case.
How to get your benefits with the help of a qualified attorney
When you consult an attorney specializing in workers’ compensation claims, be prepared to answer questions such as date of injury, who witnessed it, who you reported the injury to and when. It may help you to remember pertinent information by keeping a log. That way, you will have all the information readily available.
While reporting the injury to your employer is mandatory, you should not have to suffer fear of retaliation for doing so. Report any threats or hints of retaliation to your attorney. Keep all medical appointments and follow through with all treatment ordered by doctors. Experts at legal firms such as Robinson Law LLC will look out for your best interests and will help get the full workers’ compensation benefits you deserve.