Work injuries and on-site accidents occur every day of the week to employees in Chester County, and in all communities and counties in Pennsylvania. The experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyers at the law firm of Lerner, Steinberg & Associates know the complexities ofPennsylvania Workers’ Compensation law. We know the questions that must get answered and the medical documentation that must be gathered to proceed with your claim for the benefits to which you are entitled.
However, one does not need to be engaged in a physically demanding occupation to qualify for Workers’ Compensation benefits after a workplace injury. Office workers and nearly all workers in the state are entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits provided that they suffer a covered injury or develop an occupational impairment and comply with all program rules.
Types of Work Injuries We Handle
Work-related injuries and accidents come in all shapes and sizes, and our experienced Chester County Workers’ Compensation lawyers have handled claims for injuries ranging from back injuries, nerve damage, amputation of limbs, head traumas, injuries to the hand, wrist and arm, to leg injuries involving a foot, ankle or knee. We have helped employees injured at work suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, paralysis or spinal cord injury, and hearing or vision loss.
Some of the workers we have helped suffered injuries that are not visible to the naked eye such mental stress, depression, nerve damage or a repetitive stress or overuse injuries. Other injuries are more obvious like burns, scars or disfigurement. The truth is that, despite what may seem to you an obvious covered injury, employers have been known to deny claims, or terminate benefits for medical care and wage loss. It is in these instances that injured workers need the assistance of a qualified team of Workers’ Compensation lawyers.
Whether you are the victim of an occupational disease brought on by prolonged exposure to toxic chemicals, or you have a post-accident brain injury that is impairing your ability to do your job, or even if you are the family member of someone who was fatally injured on the job site, the Workers’ Compensation lawyers of Lerner, Steinberg & Associates have the knowledge and experience to represent you in your Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation matter.
Types of Workplace Injuries
- Brain Injuries
- Heart Attack
- Carpal Tunnel
- Hearing Problems
- Occupational Disease
- Scars and Scarring
- Back, Neck and Soft Tissue Injuries – Sprains & Strains
- Spinal Injuries and Paralysis
- Eye Injuries
- Loss of Limbs
- Knee Injuries
Types of Workplace Accidents
- Burn Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Electrocution Accidents
- Falls From Elevated Heights
- Fatal Accidents
- Health Care Accidents
- Manufacturing / Warehouse Accidents
- Office Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Workplace Transportation Accidents
What Types of Injuries Are Compensable Under Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation System?
As implied above, workers’ in Pennsylvania are protected against the physical injuries they may experience as part of their occupational or workplace duties. For example, if a truck driver suffers broken bones and a traumatic brain injury in a highway accident, he or she would be eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits to cover these physical injuries.
However, the physical injury does not need to occur through a physical trauma. For instance, a plant worker may, over time, develop a particular sensitivity to a solvent or other chemicals used in the manufacturing process. When exposed to these chemicals the worker may experience difficulty in breathing, seizures, or other impairments. These injuries would also be compensable under Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation system.
Aside from physical injuries, certain mental injuries are also compensable under the Workers’ Compensation system. However, due to the lack of an obvious link between the mental condition and the workplace, injuries of this type are often significantly more difficult to prove. Therefore, it is often prudent to work with a strategic lawyer who understands the type of evidence a claimant needs to prove these and other workplace injury claims.
What Workers’ Compensation Benefits Can I Qualify for?
When we discuss Workers’ Compensation benefits with potential clients, one of the first things they want to know if often “How much will Workers’ Compensation cover?” or “What is covered by Workers’ Compensation?” For injured workers, the silver lining is that Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation system is designed to provide compensation that will stabilize a household while allowing you to receive medical or rehabilitative treatment for your injuries. While the benefits available in a particular case can only be determined after a close factual analysis, they can include:
- Lost wage benefits – Workers who are hurt at work can qualify for wage reimbursement. Workers who are forced to reduce hours or engage in less lucrative employment can also often make a claim for lost wages.
- Medical treatment – Claims of a workplace injury are followed by offers for medical treatment. If your injury is significant or lifelong, you may need an advocate to fight against company attempts to end your medical benefits.
- Compensation for specific losses – If you happen to lose a body part to amputation or otherwise lose use of certain manipulative or ambulatory abilities, you may qualify for specific loss benefits.
- Death benefits – If the workplace injury contributed to or caused the death of a husband, wife, or other close family member you may qualify for Workers’ Compensation death benefits.
Once again, the exact benefits you may qualify for will vary based on the circumstances of your matter. An experienced lawyer can help you understand what benefits, if any, are likely to be awarded in your matter.
Our Chester County Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Fight for You
The Chester County Workers’ Compensation attorneys at Lerner, Steinberg & Associates bring decades of experience to your work-related injury claim. Our Workers’ Compensation lawyers can advise you on the best strategy for maximizing benefits, whether as a lump-sum cash settlement or ongoing benefits. We will listen to the details of your case, explain your options, and be there with you every step of the way.
If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury at work and have had to take time off to recover or seek medical treatment, the lawyers of Lerner, Steinberg & Associates may be able to help. Contact us online or call us at (215) 355-6400 for a free consultation with one of our Chester County Workers’ Compensation lawyers about your rights and the value of your work-related injury claim.