Workers' Compensation Lawyers in Pittsburgh, PA
Need Help With Workers' Compensation in Pennsylvania?
Workers' compensation in Pennsylvania was established to make sure injured workers receive replacement wages and medical coverage. If you've been hurt at work, start by reporting your injury to your employer. You have 120 days to tell them you were injured at work. From there, they'll forward your claim to the insurance company.
But sometimes, it's not always such a simple process. The insurance company can deny your claim, or your employer could threaten to stop or modify your workers' compensation benefits. Some people injured on the job may prefer a lump-sum settlement over weekly comp checks.
No matter what workers' comp issue you're dealing with, our experienced Pittsburgh workers' compensation lawyers can help. Edgar Snyder & Associates has been named among of the Best Law Firms in America, and our attorneys are Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and members of The Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. We've helped thousands of people injured on the job get the work comp benefits they deserve and we can help you, too. We're Your Workers' Compensation Lawyers.
Some law firms advertise what may sound like a discounted rate of 25 percent, but it’s important to understand that Pennsylvania caps workers’ comp attorney fees at 20 percent. Make sure you contact a lawyer that will treat you fairly and will thoroughly explain how workers’ compensation fees work in Pennsylvania. Remember, we offer a free legal consultation.
Workers' Compensation or Personal Injury Claim
Navigating the workers' compensation system in Pennsylvania isn't easy. In some situations, you may be entitled to more than just workers' comp benefits. The line between workers' compensation and personal injury can sometimes get blurred.
With very few exceptions, all employees injured on the job in the Keystone State are entitled to Pennsylvania workers' Comp benefits.
Workers' compensation claims are not based on fault. This means that you are eligible for workers' comp benefits even if you were at fault for the accident that caused your injury. It also means you are entitled to compensation if that accident was your employer's fault.
However, personal injury claims ARE based on fault. You could have a personal injury case in addition to a workers' compensation claim if you were hurt due to the negligence of someone other than your employer.
For example, if you were injured because of faulty equipment, or because of a careless contractor who does not work for your company, you could potentially have a personal injury case.
These are called third-party claims, and if you have one, you could be entitled to recover all damages you suffered as a result of your injury. This includes payments for "pain and suffering," as well as compensation for diminished earning capacity, and more.
Another important difference to note: In most cases, workers' compensation claims are processed quickly, and checks and medical coverage begin immediately. However, that's not the case with work-related personal injury and third-party claims, which could take years to resolve.
Regardless of what type of workplace injury you've suffered, you can count on Edgar Snyder & Associates. We have the resources and legal know-how to successfully handle your claim, whether it's strictly work comp, or there's a personal injury component. At Edgar Snyder & Associates, we truly have the best of both worlds: A department dedicated to helping injured workers and the personal injury resources to uncover every possible option.
We can help if:
- you've just been injured and need help navigating the Pennsylvania workers' compensation system
- if your claim was denied
- or you're interested in a lump sum settlement so you can get on with your life
Edgar Snyder & Associates has been named a Best Law Firm in America and has an entire team of legal professionals who work exclusively on workers' comp cases. Below you will find information that will help clarify the process, and explain how our Pittsburgh workers' compensation attorneys can get you the best possible outcome in your case, just as we have for thousands of others.
Denied Workers' Compensation?
Did the insurance company deny your workers' compensation claim? We'll help you appeal the decision so you can recover the money you need for your lost wages and medical expenses.
My Workers' Comp Claim Was Denied. Now What?
We understand the panic and worry that comes along with a notice that your workers' compensation claim has been denied. You may be scared that it's too soon to return to work, that you could be fired, or even reinjure yourself. More than anything, you may be stressed out about how you will make ends meet and pay for badly needed medical care.
We understand—and our caring attorneys can help you.
For more than 35 years, our top-rated Pittsburgh workers' comp lawyers have handled cases for thousands of people injured on the job. Our legal team includes Pennsylvania Super Lawyers who understand what steps need to be taken immediately following a denial, and who know what it takes to get you the benefits you deserve.
If you've been notified that your work comp claim has been denied, it's important to understand that time is not on your side. Please, do not attempt to handle an appeal on your own.
The most important thing you can do after you get the notice is educate yourself about the process and contact Edgar Snyder & Associates at 412-394-1000. We're available 24/7 to answer your questions, or you can fill out our free case review form, or start a live chat now for a free legal evaluation.
Losing Workers' Comp Benefits?
Did you receive a letter to modify, suspend, or terminate your workers' compensation payments? You have options, but you must act quickly because of strict legal deadlines. Please, do not attempt to challenge a notice to modify, suspend, or terminate without first contacting our experienced Pittsburgh worker's compensation attorneys.
While the "employee challenge" portion of the notice appears to be a simple form for a routine administrative step, it's not. When you fill out and return that form, you are essentially filing a lawsuit that will require you to attend several court hearings, obtain piles of medical records, and conduct depositions from your treating physicians.
The process generally takes a year or longer, will cost you thousands of dollars, and pit you against high-powered insurance company attorneys.
Don't get out-lawyered! Edgar Snyder & Associates' has the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell, an authority on the legal industry. Our Pittsburgh workers' comp attorneys are at the top of their field. We have intimate knowledge of the workers' compensation appeals process. It's likely we have successfully handled a case that is very similar to yours.
We know all the tricks the insurance companies play to attempt to minimize your injuries and deny your workers' comp appeal. Call us today so we can fight for the workers' compensation benefits you need. When you hire us, we pay all the upfront costs, handle all the details of your appeal, and keep you informed every step of the way. Our Pittsburgh work comp attorneys want you to be able to concentrate on what's most important: Getting—and feeling—better.
How Long Does Workers' Compensation Last?
The length of time an employee injured on the job can expect to be on workers' compensation is dependent on several factors including the severity of the injury and the rate of recovery. For some people, it's possible to be on workers' compensation for the rest of their lives as long as the treating doctors agree that you remain disabled and unable to work.
However, that is rarely the case. That's because after two months of collecting workers' compensation benefits, your employer can require you to undergo what's known as an Independent Medical Exam (IME). During an IME, you will be examined by a company doctor, who will determine if you are well enough to return to work full-time, or at reduced capacity. If so, your employer could file a petition to stop or modify your benefits, or offer you a light-duty job.
If you've been notified by your employer that you will need to undergo an IME, it's important to contact our skilled Pittsburgh workers' comp lawyers to protect your legal rights and prevent your employer from taking away your benefits.
Edgar Snyder & Associates understands that returning to your job when you know you are still too injured to work can cause a tremendous amount of anxiety. Please, don't panic. Whether you've been summoned to an IME, or your benefits have been prematurely suspended or modified, our Pittsburgh workers' compensation attorneys are standing by to help you.
If you believe that your benefits have been unjustly terminated, call us today at 412-394-1000 for a free legal evaluation, fill out the free case review form, or start a live chat now.
Interested in a Lump Sum Settlement?
Looking for a lump-sum settlement so you can get off work comp and get on with your life? Don't go it alone—let us fight to get you the best settlement possible. When you accept a settlement, it's imperative to understand that it's the last payment you'll ever receive for your injury. You need to plan for unexpected, future expenses so you aren't left holding the bag for those bills.
Will I Get a Settlement from Workers' Comp?
If you were hurt on the job and have collected work comp benefits for four months or longer, you could be eligible for a lump-sum settlement under Pennsylvania law. Settlements are one-time payments that replace your weekly workers' compensation check, your medical benefits, or both.
We cannot stress it enough: Do not attempt to negotiate a workers' compensation settlement on your own. The terms of your settlement can help you or hurt you—and the insurance companies will use what you don't know and understand against you.
While pursuing a lump sum of money is the best route for some injured workers, a settlement isn't as advantageous for many others. A workers' comp settlement may not be the best option for you if:
- your injury is expected to get worse or will cause a secondary condition such as arthritis
- your injury will prevent you from working in your current job or field for years to come, or if
- you're expected to need significant medical treatment and/or surgeries in the future
Understanding lump-sum benefits—and whether accepting one is right for you—is best accomplished with the help of one of our experienced attorney. Let our Pittsburgh workers' compensation lawyers fight to get money for you. Call us at 412-394-1000, fill out the case evaluation form, or start a live chat today.
I Got Hurt at Work. Will I Get a Settlement?
Whether or not you will receive a settlement for you workplace injury is dependent on many factors, including:
- The industry in which you work. Some jobs are more dangerous than others, and unfortunately cause more catastrophic injuries.
- How the accident occurred. Was your accident caused by faulty machinery on a job site? The negligence of a third party? The details of how your accident happened will affect whether or not you receive a settlement.
- The severity of your accident. The extent of your injuries, as well as your current and future medical needs, impact the settlement amount.
Recently Hurt at Work?
Pennsylvania's workers' compensation system can be complicated and frustrating. The more you know about the process, the better you'll be able to understand what steps to take if your claim is in trouble. We'll get you the information you need for your workers' compensation claim. We'll also help you understand the process and what our attorneys can do on your behalf if the insurance company won't cooperate.
Contacting our Pittsburgh workers' compensation lawyers is easy: Just call 412-394-1000 or fill out the free case review form. If you decide to hire us, there's no fee unless and until we win your case.