Workers' Compensation Lawyers in Ebensburg, PA
Need Help With Workers' Compensation in Pennsylvania?
The reason workers' compensation in Pennsylvania was established is simple: to ensure people injured on the job receive the replacement wages and medical coverage they need to recover and get back to work. Navigating the Pennsylvania workers' compensation system, however, isn't simple at all.
If you were hurt at work, it's important to understand that you must report your injury to your employer within 120 days. Your company will then forward the claim along to its insurance company to approve or deny.
Sometimes, though, getting the benefits you deserve isn't as easy as it should be. Many things can work against you: The insurance company may deny your claim, or your employer could modify, suspend, or even terminate your workers' compensation benefits. While many people would prefer a lump-sum settlement over continuing to collect weekly workers' compensation checks, negotiating fair terms is nearly impossible without the help of a skilled attorney.
No matter what problem you are having with your benefits, our top-notch Ebensburg workers' compensation lawyers can help. Our attorneys have received some of the top honors in the legal field, with many regularly being named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list.
When you're dealing with the work comp system, you need a legal team with this kind of experience and skill to get the benefits you deserve. When you hire Edgar Snyder & Associates, you'll have one of the Best Law Firms in America advocating and fighting for you.
Workers' Compensation or Personal Injury Claim
Understanding the Pennsylvania workers' compensation system and what benefits you are entitled to isn't always easy. In some instances, you may be eligible for more than just workers' compensation benefits—you could also have a personal injury claim. Understanding the differences between workers' compensation and personal injury claims is important to recovering the maximum amount of money for your injury.
All employees injured at work in Pennsylvania—with very few exceptions—are entitled to workers' comp benefits. Workers' comp claims are not based on fault, which means you are entitled to benefits whether or not your own actions caused your accident and associated injuries.
On the other hand, personal injury claims ARE fault based, which means that in some cases, you could be eligible for more than just work comp benefits. You could also have a personal injury case if:
- Your injury was caused by the negligence of someone other than your employer (i.e.: a contractor who does not work for your company)
- If your injury was caused by a defective product or faulty piece of machinery
These types of personal injury cases are called third-party claims. When you have a third-party claim, you could be entitled to recover all damages you suffered because of your injury—including compensation for "pain and suffering" and more.
That isn't the only difference between the two types of claims. While workers' compensation claims are generally processed quickly and medical coverage and lost wages are collectible immediately, third-party claims can take years to resolve.
No matter how your workplace accident happened, an experienced Ebensburg workers' compensation attorney can help you make your way through the claims process. When you hire Edgar Snyder & Associates, you'll get the best of both worlds: A team of legal professionals dedicated to helping our workers' compensation clients, as well as the personal injury resources to take on the insurance companies so that you get all the benefits to which you are entitled.
Call our top-tier legal team today if:
- You've just been injured and need help understanding Pennsylvania workers' compensation benefits
- Your claim was denied
- You're interested in receiving a lump-sum settlement instead of collecting weekly comp checks
Below, we've provided more information to help you better understand the workers' comp process, and how the award-winning attorneys at Edgar Snyder & Associates can help you win your case like we have with thousands of other injury victims.
Denied Workers' Compensation?
If the insurance company denied your workers' compensation claim, contact Edgar Snyder & Associates today. An Ebensburg workers' compensation attorney can best help you appeal the denial and get the money you need for medical care and lost wages.
My Workers' Compensation Was Denied. Now What?
Receiving a notice that your workers' compensation claim has been denied can throw your life into a tailspin and cause you to ask yourself questions that keep you up at night. "What if I go back too soon and re-injure myself?" "How will I afford the medical care I need to get better without comp benefits?"
We understand what you're going through—since 1982 we've helped more than 75,000 people injured in accidents. We want you to know that our caring workers' compensation attorneys can help you, too.
One of the most important things you can do to protect your appeal is to allow an experienced Ebensburg workers' compensation attorney handle it on your behalf. When you hire Edgar Snyder & Associates, you have a highly touted legal team fighting to get you the benefits you need. Our lawyers have been awarded some of the most prestigious honors given to law practitioners. They know what needs to be done immediately after a notice of denial is received, and what actions should be taken to secure the benefits you deserve.
While it's important to educate yourself about the process, calling our law firm at 412-394-1000 can best protect your legal rights and chances of winning your case. Call us anytime—our phones answer 24/7. You can also complete the free case review form, or start a live chat now to get started.
Losing Workers' Comp Benefits?
You have options if you've received a notice to modify, suspend, or terminate your benefits, but only if you act quickly. If you want to appeal, calling an experienced Ebensburg workers' compensation attorney is your best first step.
Please, don't complete the "employee challenge" that comes along with your notice to modify, suspend, or terminate your benefits without first calling us—by filling the form out and returning it, you're filing a formal appeal.
The process generally takes a year or longer and includes several hearings. The required depositions and court filing fees could cost you thousands of dollars. You will be up against insurance lawyers who defend against cases like yours every day. To put it plainly: If you want to appeal, you need an experienced Ebensburg workers' compensation attorney.
Our lawyers understand the strategies insurance companies employ to try to derail your comp case, and have the legal skill and know-how to combat them every step of the way. Please don't delay, because time is not on your side.
The sooner you contact us, the more quickly we can get started on your case. You have nothing to lose when you call. The legal review is free, and there's never a fee unless we successfully resolve your case. You can also start a live chat or fill out the free case review form on this page to get started.
How Long Does Workers' Compensation Last?
How long an injured worker can expect to be on worker's compensation in Pennsylvania depends on a few key factors, including the severity of the injury and the time it will take to recover from it. It's possible for some injured workers to be on comp for the rest of their lives as long as their doctor confirms they continue to be disabled and unable to return to work.
While possible, it doesn't happen often. Why? After two months of collecting workers' comp benefits, the company you work for can legally require you to have an Independent Medical Exam (IME) scheduled. The exam will be conducted by a company doctor, who will decide if you are physically well enough to return to work.
If it's determined that you are healthy enough to return to work full time, your employer could file a notice to terminate or suspend your benefits. If it's determined that you can return to work at a reduced capacity, they may file a notice to modify your benefits and offer you a light-duty position.
We can't stress enough how important it is to contact a skilled Ebensburg workers' compensation attorney as soon as you receive a notice that you'll need to undergo an IME—your benefits may depend on it.
No matter if you've received a notice to suspend, modify, or terminate, or if your benefits have been unjustly terminated, contact our caring legal team today at 412-394-1000 for a free case review. You can also start a live chat or complete the legal evaluation form on this page to get started.
Interested in a Lump Sum Settlement?
If you're seeking a lump-sum settlement so you can finally get off workers' compensation and move on with your life, don't attempt to negotiate the terms on your own. The amount that you settle for will be the last payment you ever receive in compensation for your injury, even if you have serious complications that require surgery and other medical care later. Calling a skilled Ebensburg workers' compensation attorney now can help ensure the terms of your settlement cover your current needs, as well as those you may accrue years later.
Will I Get a Settlement From Workers' Comp?
Have you been collecting workers' compensation benefits for four months or longer? Then under Pennsylvania law, you could be eligible for a lump-sum settlement. These one-time payments replace either your weekly comp check or medical bills, or in some cases, both.
While opting for a work comp settlements might be advantageous for many people injured on the job, trying to negotiate them without an attorney is never a good idea. If you're not careful, the terms of your settlement could actually do you more harm than good.
Pursuing a settlement might not be the best decision if any of the following apply to you:
- Your injury is expected to get worse or is anticipated to cause a secondary condition later on
- Your injury prevents you from working at your current job or in your current field
- You will likely need surgery or other medical treatments in the future
Our caring legal team will help you determine whether a lump-sum settlement is right for you. Start a live chat, call us at 412-394-1000, or fill out the case evaluation form to get started.
I Got Hurt at Work. Will I Get a Settlement?
Various factors go into determining whether you will receive a settlement to compensate you for your workplace injury.
- What kind of job do you have? Workers in some fields are more prone to accidents, and unfortunately more serious injuries.
- How did your accident happen? The details of how the accident happened—whether it was caused by a third party working on your job site or faulty machinery—will have an impact on the likelihood of a settlement.
- How serious was your accident? The seriousness of your injuries and your medical needs also play a role in whether or not you will receive a settlement.
Recently Hurt at Work?
We understand how frustrating and confusing Pennsylvania's workers' comp system is. When you hire Edgar Snyder & Associates, we will make sure you have all the information you need to understand the process, and how our Ebensburg workers' comp attorneys can help you if and when the insurance companies give you trouble.
Contacting us is easy—we're available 24/7 by phone at 412-394-1000. If it's more convenient, fill out the free case review form. There's nothing to lose, because you won't owe us anything unless we successfully resolve your case. We mean it when we say, "There's never a fee unless we get money for you!"