"In 1915, the Pennsylvania legislature recognized a need to protect workers injured on the job. Workers' Compensation is a highly complex area of the law practiced at Lenahan & Dempsey. The Workers' Compensation system can be highly confusing for many people. If you have been injured at work, call me. I can help you protect your rights and fight for your claim."
Attorney Brian Lenahan
If you've been injured on the job you have a right to be compensated under the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act. An injured worker is entitled to compensation for medical expenses as well as loss of income. Benefits for a work related death are also available.
To seek a Workers' Compensation claim, you must be injured while acting within the course and scope of your employment.
Benefits are typically paid by private insurance companies or directly by the employer. Benefits are usually about two-thirds of the injured person's pre-injury wage. Workers' Compensation benefits are tax-free.
Special benefits are payable when the injury is severe enough to cause the employee's death. Other special benefits are payable when a person has suffered a permanent loss such as being rendered blind or deaf or having suffered an amputation.Work Related Disease
In Pennsylvania, if you or a loved one has suffered from an disease contacted during your employment (an example would be Black Lung disease from working in a coal mine), then the disease and inability to work must occur within 300 weeks from the date you were last employed in the job where you contracted the disease. Also, under Pennsylvania law, a petition to have a case brought must be filed no later than three years from the date of injury or disability.Report Your Injury or Illness Right Away
One of the keys to a successful Workers' Compensation filing is to notify your employer of a work related injury or illness as soon as possible. Under Pennsylvania law, notice that an injury has been suffered must be provided to a supervisor at your place of employment within 120 days of the date of injury. Failure to make such a notification can result in a claim being denied.Don't Be Pressured By An Insurance Company
Do not allow yourself to be pressured to sign away your Workers' Compensation claim by an insurance company. In fact, never sign any insurance document until the document has been reviewed by a Lenahan & Dempsey lawyer.
The same goes for medical testing being urged by an insurance company. Without realizing it, by cooperating with an insurance company you may be waiving some very important legal rights.