Filing a Claim
Were you injured on the job? If so, the workers’ compensation process can be very confusing. At Edgar Snyder & Associates, we’ve helped over 7,000 injured workers deal with the complex Pennsylvania workers’ compensation system and get the benefits they deserve.
When you suffer a work injury, you should report it right away to your supervisor. Your supervisor then should file an accident report – called a “First Report of Occupational Injury” form – and send it to the insurance company and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. The insurance company has 21 days to accept or deny the work injury.
If the insurance company denied responsibility for your work injury and you received a denial notice in the mail, you will need to file a workers’ compensation claim petition.
About Workers’ Compensation Claims
In Pennsylvania, both injured workers and employers of injured workers can file workers’ compensation claims. Depending on the situation and the type of claim filed, a judge may review your case in a series of hearings and decide whether you should receive workers’ compensation.
As a person hurt on the job, you can file one or more claims in order to start receiving payments, or you can file a claim petition if your payments have been modified, suspended, or terminated.
An employer can file a workers’ compensation claim to request that payments to an injured worker be modified, suspended, or terminated.
Injured Workers – Filing for Benefits
As an injured worker, there are several types of claims you may need to file to receive workers’ compensation benefits and payments. They include:
- Claim Petitions
- Loss of Wages – petition to request workers’ compensation payments for lost wages due to total or partial disability.
- Scar – petition to request workers’ compensation payments for a scar on your face, head, or neck.
- Specific Loss – petition to request workers’ compensation payments for a loss or permanent loss of use to a body part, including amputation.
- Reinstatement Petitions – Sometimes a company doctor will say you’re ready to return to work, or your employer will file a petition to terminate, modify, or suspend your benefits. A reinstatement petition is a petition to reopen your claim. Generally, you need to file a reinstatement petition within 500 weeks (about 9.5 years) from the date of your last workers’ compensation payment.
- Lump Sum Settlements – A lump sum settlement may also be called a “Compromise and Release.” This is a one-time payment. Be sure to consult an attorney before accepting or pursuing a lump sum settlement, because it’s a final payment. You need to consider future medical expenses.
Petitions Filed by an Employer
Your employer may also file several different types of claims that can affect your workers’ compensation payments. They include:
- Petition to Terminate Benefits – An employer will file this to have your workers’ compensation payments stopped.
- Petition to Modify Benefits – An employer will file this to have your workers’ compensation payments reduced.
- Petition to Suspend Benefits – An employer will file this to have your workers’ compensation payments suspended until a hearing.
Protect Your Legal Rights – Choose Edgar Snyder & Associates
If you need to file a workers’ compensation claim, Edgar Snyder & Associates is ready to put decades of experience to work for you. Our team exclusively dedicated to helping workers hurt on the job can help you complete the claim petition and submit it on your behalf. Plus, we take care of everything related to your workers’ compensation case, including:
- Gather medical evidence and medical records
- Handle matters with your employer’s insurance company
- Contact medical providers and deal with the paperwork
- Answer your workers’ compensation questions – without the legal jargon
- Pay costs upfront – so you don’t have to
- Monitor your workers’ compensation case
- Keep track of unpaid bills while the case is pending and send out a letter of protection, so collection agencies won’t cause you even more problems
- Help you prepare for the hearing with the workers’ compensation judge
- And more
It’s important to take all the necessary steps to protect your legal rights. Don’t trust your employer’s insurance company to look out for your best interest. They won’t. We’ve helped over 7,000 injured workers get the workers’ compensation benefits they deserve. We’re ready to help you.
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Were you hurt on the job and aren’t sure which claim to file? Do you think a product defect may have caused your injury? Have you been denied workers’ compensation payments? Are you in danger of losing your payments?
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