Haverford is a wealthy unincorporated community that is located just outside of Philadelphia. The community is located in both Haverford Township in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA, and Lower Merion Township in Montgomery County. Many notable people have started businesses in Haverford that have gone on to national or international success. For instance, Haverford’s roots include the ship building and shipyards of Joshua Humphreys who designed and built the U.S. frigate Constitution, typically known as Old Ironsides. In more modern history, Haverford is also the birthplace of the founder of the Vanguard investment group.
Thus, there is a history of a strong work ethic and dedication to one’s work in Haverford. However, a workplace injury or medical event can seemingly put into question all that you have worked for. If you have been hurt at work or developed a medical condition due to your work activities, the Workers’ Compensation lawyers of Lerner, Steinberg & Associates may be able to help. To discuss how we may be able to help, call 1-(215) 355-6400 or contact us online.
What types of Benefits Can I Get through Workers’ Compensation?
Many people in Pennsylvania are aware of the Workers’ Compensation system and its goals of providing stability for a house following a work injury. However, they are not particularly familiar with the exact ways the Workers’ Compensation achieves these goals. In particular, people understand that certain benefits are available, but may not necessarily realize how comprehensive benefits may be. If you suffer a covered workplace injury or disability in Pennsylvania you may be able to receive the following benefits:
- Lost wages – If you are forced to stop working or if an ongoing injury or disability has forced you into less lucrative employment, you can qualify for lost wage benefits. These cash benefits can help stabilize your household after a serious injury.
- Specific loss damages – If you suffer the amputation or loss of use of a certain body part, you can receive compensation. Pinching and crushing injuries where fingers, arms, legs, and other body parts are pulled into machinery can result in specific loss damages.
- Medical benefits – If you are hurt at work and need medical treatment, your hospital bills and other medical costs will be covered. While you will have to see a company doctor initially, you can change physicians after a certain amount of time has passed.
- Death benefits – If your loved one was killed in a work accident or due to exposure to a chemical or substance at work, death benefits are available.
It is important to note that the Workers’ Compensation system provides benefits through its own systems and processes. Thus, you will not typically need to or be permitted to file a lawsuit. However, you will need to present proof and evidence of your injury and its connection to your workplace in proceedings that occur as part of the Workers’ Compensation system.
What Steps Should I Take After Getting Hurt at Work?
If you are hurt at work, you should report the injury to your boss or direct supervisor as soon as possible. Ideally, your report should occur no more than 21 days following the injury event or becoming aware that a condition at work has caused a medical event or condition. In any case, you must make your report within 120 days if you want to obtain Workers’ Compensation benefits.
If you were hurt at work and it appears that your employer is prepared to challenge your claim, it is wise to seek out a Workers’ Compensation lawyer as soon as possible. He or she can begin by assessing the events surrounding your injury. Your lawyer will then begin marshalling medical evidence. He or she will endeavor to show that your injury has a causal connection to your work. He or she will also endeavor to show the limiting effects and impacts of your injury in the context of your past employment. An experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer understands that the burden of legal proof falls on the injury victim and will therefore prepare accordingly to provide the best possible chance to secure benefits.
Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Serving Haverford can Fight for You
At Lerner, Steinberg & Associates, our lawyers are dedicated to fighting for hard-working people who have suffered a serious injury at work. We fight to secure the Workers’ Compensation benefits you need to provide stability during a difficult and trying time. To discuss whether our services are right for your situation, call our Media, PA or Philadelphia law office at 1-(215) 355-6400.