Workers’ Compensation Hearings
Were you injured at work? At Edgar Snyder & Associates, we know this is probably a stressful time for you. You may not be able to work and bring in money for your family, and you may have piles of bills to pay. The workers’ compensation process is complex from start to finish.
There are several things you should know about workers’ compensation hearings. If you were injured on the job, contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney right away. It could mean the difference between whether or not you receive the benefits and payments you deserve.
What to Expect After Filing a Claim
If you or your employer files a workers’ compensation claim in Pennsylvania, typically a judge in the county where you live will be assigned to your case. If you filed to receive workers’ compensation payments or to reinstate your benefits, you are considered the “moving party.” If your employer filed a claim to suspend, modify, or terminate your benefits, you are considered the “responding party.”
You should be informed of the date, time, and place of the first hearing. Usually, you will need to attend a series of hearings, and you will be notified of the details of the next hearing at the end of the prior hearing.
During the hearings, the judge will review your work injury and listen to both sides of the case – from you (or your workers’ compensation attorney) and your employer. Witnesses to the work injury will be questioned and cross-examined. Both parties will present evidence, including medical records and physician testimonies.
Following the last hearing, the judge will issue a written decision to everyone involved in your case.
Next Steps in Your Workers’ Compensation Case
If the judge’s decision is in your favor, your employer may file an appeal. You also can file an appeal if you don’t agree with the judge’s decision (if his or her decision sides with your employer).
Don’t Go it Alone – Protect Your Rights With an Experienced Attorney
The Pennsylvania workers’ compensation process can be complicated, and your employer (or your employer’s insurance company) will have an experienced attorney.
At Edgar Snyder & Associates, we’ve seen countless cases where injured workers try to handle the case on their own, and make mistakes that hurt their workers’ compensation case. Don’t go up against your employer alone – get help from an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. We’ve helped over 7,000 injured workers get the benefits and payments they deserve, and we’re ready to fight for your legal rights to workers’ compensation.
Call 1-866-9-4EDGAR (1-866-943-3427), or fill out your information with the form at the right for a free legal evaluation of your workers’ compensation case. Time is critical, so don’t wait. Our phones answer 24/7 – contact us now and protect your legal rights as an injured worker.