Do I Have a Workers' Compensation Case?
The Best Way to Find Out – A Free Legal Consultation
We can give you pages and pages of information on what defines a workers' compensation case. You'd likely learn a lot, but at the end of it, we still wouldn't have answered the question: Do you have a workers' compensation case?
You can't use generalizations or other people's experiences to figure out if you qualify for Pennsylvania workers' compensation – just because your neighbor's claim was approved or your friend's benefits were denied doesn't mean you'll face a similar outcome.
Instead of trying to figure it out on your own by researching online or talking to people you know, call us for a quick, easy, and free legal consultation. It will save you a lot of time and get you the answers you need. Call 412-394-1000 or fill out the form to the right. You won't be obligated to use our services, and if you decide to work with us, you won't owe us anything unless and until we win your case.
If your employer posts a list of company doctors at your place of work, you must see one of these doctors during the first 90 days of treatment. If you don't use a company doctor for the first 90 days, workers' compensation doesn't have to pay your medical bills.
Ninety days after seeing a company doctor for the first time, you may choose your own doctor. You need to tell the workers' compensation insurance company who your new doctor is within 5 days to make sure that your doctor gets paid. But, your employer may request that you still see one of their company doctors once every 6 months.
You can also refuse to allow a representative of the workers' compensation insurance company to be present during examinations with your doctor.
If your company does not have a panel of doctors posted, you may see your own doctor from the very start of your treatment.
It's important to act fast – the work comp system is run on tight deadlines. If you wait too long, it could be too late to file a claim.
I didn’t think I had a case until I met with Edgar Snyder & Associates. You don’t have real help until you have hired them. Construction worker injured on the job
Allegheny County, PA
You May Have a Workers' Compensation Case If…
With all of that being said, there are a few things that we can say for sure. One of the most basic rules is that you must have been injured on the job to qualify for Pennsylvania work comp benefits.
In addition, there are times when you should definitely contact an experienced workers' compensation attorney:
- Your supervisor refuses to file an accident report of your work injury
- You are too hurt to go back to work but were denied workers' compensation
- You received a petition to "Suspend, Modify or Terminate" your workers' compensation payments
- You were asked to go on a "Vocational Interview"
- You are being offered a light-duty job, but you're not recovered enough to work
- You are being forced back to work, but you're still too injured
- You are currently collecting workers' compensation but you're in danger of losing your benefits and payments
- A representative from your employer's insurance company tries to attend appointments with your doctor
- You received a letter in the mail threatening to stop your workers' compensation payments
- You have been collecting workers' compensation payments for over 4 months, and you want to settle for a lump sum
- The insurance company contacted you to offer a lump sum settlement
- A job-related injury caused a scar on your head, neck, or face
- Your injury left you with permanent loss of use of a body part, or required amputation – called "Specific Loss"
- A defective product may have caused your injury, such as a tool or piece of machinery or work-related equipment
If any of these scenarios applies to you, we strongly recommend getting in touch with us. Again, the only way to know for sure whether or not you have a case is to get a free legal consultation by calling us at 412-394-1000 or by filling out the form at the top right of this page.
How Our Workers' Compensation Attorneys Can Help
We know that getting involved with a law firm can be an intimidating step. You've probably never imagined yourself needing an attorney and have no idea what to expect.
We've worked with over 8,000 work comp clients, many of them going through issues very similar to what you're dealing with now. We've walked them through Pennsylvania's workers' compensation process, answering their questions along the way and making sure they understand what we're doing and why.
We'll do the same for you. If you hire us, we'll:
- Gather medical evidence and records
- Handle matters with your employer's insurance company so you don't have to
- Contact medical providers and deal with all of the paperwork
- Complete and submit your claim petition
- Answer any questions you have
- Pay all upfront costs
- Monitor your case
- Keep track of unpaid bills while the case is pending and protect you from collection agencies
- Help you prepare for any hearings you need to attend
- Work with your doctor and any other medical professionals
- And more