Every year, thousands of employees are injured or killed on the job in Pennsylvania. A portion of these injuries occur in Folsom, which is home to thriving construction, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. If an employee is injured at work in Folsom, he or she may be entitled to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits, which are also called “Workers’ Compensation benefits” or “workman’s comp benefits.” If an employee is killed at work, his or her dependents, such as the worker’s spouse or children, may be entitled to death benefits.
Financial support could be available to you and your family under state laws if you have suffered a disabling work injury. Make sure that you receive the benefits you deserve by consulting with an experienced Folsom Workers’ Compensation lawyer, who can explain your rights, responsibilities, and legal options following a work-related accident in Pennsylvania. At the injury law firm of Lerner, Steinberg & Associates, our Workers’ Compensation attorneys combine more than six decades of experience fighting for employees.
Whether you need assistance with a denied claim, a reduction to your benefits, a misdiagnosis of your injury, the termination of your benefits, a retaliatory discharge, or a different matter involving a Workers’ Compensation claim in Pennsylvania, our knowledgeable attorneys are here to help. For a free consultation, contact us online, or call today at (215) 355-6400.
Who Qualifies for Workers’ Compensation Benefits in PA?
The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act requires the majority of employers to carry Workers’ Compensation insurance coverage in the event of an accidental death or injury. Workman’s comp coverage generally extends to seasonal workers, part-time workers, and full-time workers. Most injuries and accidents are covered, with some exceptions for injuries that are caused by intoxication, are caused by violations of the law, or are deliberately self-inflicted.
It’s a common misconception that only specific types of accidents, or extremely serious injuries, will qualify a disabled employee to receive Workers’ Compensation in Pennsylvania. In reality, almost any type of workplace accident or workplace injury can qualify the employee for benefits. Types of work injuries and work accidents we handle at Lerner, Steinberg & Associates include the following:
- Workplace Accidents
- Auto Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Fatal Accidents
- Fires and Explosions
- Leaks and Spills
- Industrial Accidents
- Manufacturing Accidents
- Needlestick Accidents
- Scaffolding Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Workplace Injuries
- Back and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Bone Fractures
- Chemical Exposure
- Cuts and Lacerations
- Elbow Injuries
- Foot and Ankle Injuries
- Hand and Wrist Injuries
- Head and Brain Injuries
- Heat Stroke and Exhaustion
- Hearing Loss
- Hip Injuries
- Knee Injuries
- Lifting Injuries
- Loss of Limbs, Fingers, or Toes
- Occupational Disease
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Shoulder Injuries
- Soft Tissue Injuries (Sprains, Strains)
- Vision Loss
We represent workers from all types of businesses and industries, including but not limited to:
- Airport Workers
- Construction Workers
- Factory Workers
- Machine Workers
- Municipal Workers
- Nurses and Hospital Workers
- Sanitation Workers
- Temporary Employees
- Undocumented Workers
- Waiters and Waitresses
What Types of Benefits Are Available After a Work Injury or Accident?
Several types of Workers’ Compensation benefits may be available to an employee who is injured in a job-related accident. Types of Workers’ Compensation in Pennsylvania include:
- Death Benefits – Death benefits may be provided to surviving dependents if an employee is killed in a work-related accident.
- Medical Benefits – Medical care benefits provide coverage for “reasonable surgical and medical services.” To provide a few examples, “Medicine, supplies, hospital treatment and services, orthopedic appliances and prostheses are… covered for as long as they are needed.”
- Specific Loss Benefits – Specific loss benefits are only available for workers who:
- Permanently lose the full or partial use of a leg, foot, toe, arm, hand, thumb, or finger.
- Permanently lose full or partial hearing or vision.
- Sustain a “serious and permanent disfigurement” to the face, head, or neck.
- Wage-Loss Benefits – Wage-loss benefits provide compensation for lost earnings and wages. They are calculated at approximately two thirds of the worker’s pre-accident earnings.
Therefore, the total amount of compensation you can receive depends on factors like:
- How much money you were earning before you were injured.
- How severely you are disabled as a result of your injuries.
- The nature and location of your injuries.
- Whether your earnings increase after you return to work.
The length of time you receive benefits depends on how completely you are disabled. Partial disability benefits may be paid for up to 500 weeks, or about 9.5 years, while total disability is available while the worker is “considered totally disabled and unable to work.”
Folsom Workman’s Comp Attorneys Fighting for Injured Workers
While many injuries can qualify you for workman’s comp, it is essential that the injury is promptly treated and properly diagnosed, as failures to seek medical care could delay or prevent the receipt of compensation. If your claim was unfairly denied, your injury was improperly diagnosed, you were fired in retaliation for reporting the injury, your benefits were cut off, or you simply have questions about your rights as an injured worker, you should consult a Folsom workman’s comp lawyer immediately for guidance. For a free legal consultation, contact our law offices online, or call Lerner, Steinberg & Associates at (215) 355-6400.