Injured on the job? If you or your loved one was injured while working, your employer is responsible for medical and rehabilitative costs, lost wages, and possibly a lump sum payment for future benefits.
Getting hurt at work is a stressful event to suffer through, and so is the process of applying for workers' compensation benefits. At the law firm of Ginn & Vickery, P.C., our Wellsboro workers' compensation lawyers have provided injured workers with guidance and representation for more than 40 years. Our lawyers will fight for your rights! Like employers and insurance companies, we thoroughly understand workers' compensation laws and use our knowledge and experience to protect and assert our client's right to benefits.
Please understand that there are specific time limitations for notifying an injured worker whether a claim has been accepted or denied. It is also important to immediately notify your employer of a work injury, because a delay can limit your ability to receive workers' compensation benefits.
Workers' compensation is insurance that, by law, your employer is required to carry in case an employee is injured on the job, becomes ill due to circumstances surrounding their job, or even if death results from their job.
Medical expenses and treatment:
Your employer is obligated to pay for prescription jobs, hospital stays, visits to physicians and clinics, and medical equipment.
If you are unable to work or unable to return to a job at the same income level as you earned before your work injury, you are entitled to wage benefits.
If a fatal work injury takes place, the family members of the victim may be able to receive wage benefits.
Any worker who has sustained an injury arising out of, and in the course of, their employment has a potential workers' compensation claim. You are covered if you injured while traveling on business, performing work-related errands, attending a required social function, or even while on a break or using the restroom facilities. In short, any injury or illness that happens while you are at work is a work injury. Injuries can include:
Yes. An attorney is very important to see that your benefits are properly protected. You may hear from a very nice insurance claims adjuster regarding your claim. The problem with taking the advice from an insurance adjuster is that the adjuster's motivation for making decisions is to keep costs down and profits up. This goal is in direct conflict with your best interests, which is to obtain the best medical care and ongoing wage loss benefits for as long as you are unable to return to work. An insurance adjuster is trained to reduce the costs of the claim in any way possible, even to the extent of violating the provisions of the Workers' Compensation Act. (Although the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act provides for penalties for insurance company misconduct, those provisions do not seem to keep violations at a minimum).
Yes. You are entitled to all of the benefits provided under the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, even if you are at fault. This is an issue to discuss in further detail with your lawyer.
No. It is against the law for your employer to fire you because you have filed a claim or have retained an attorney.
No fee unless we get compensation for you. All workers' compensation cases are handled on a contingency basis. Our Wellsboro workers' compensation law firm only gets paid if we win or prevent the insurance company from stopping or altering your benefits.