Upper Darby Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
When you are injured at work or develop a limiting condition or disability, legal issues are probably the further thing from your mind. More commonly, people who can no longer perform their job due to a workplace injury or occupational disability are focused on covering their lost income and making ends meet. Many people are also often distracted by the pain, suffering, and other consequences their injury or condition causes. They may even spend significant time seeking medical treatment for their injuries which may include surgery, physical therapy, and an array of other rehabilitative treatments.
If you have suffered a serious workplace injury and can no longer work, the Workers’ Compensation lawyers of Lerner, Steinberg & Associates can answer your legal questions about Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation system. We can handle the process from start to finish so that you can focus your attention on maximizing your recovery from your injuries. To schedule a confidential, no-obligation initial consultation, call 1-(215) 355-6400 or submit a request for a free consultation online.
What Workers’ Compensation Benefits Are Available in Pennsylvania?
The Workers’ Compensation system in Pennsylvania and in states throughout the United States were developed in recognition of the fact that hard-working and honest individuals can be through the normal course of their work duties. Workers’ Compensation systems are intended to protect both the individual and society when a workplace injury or impairment does strike.
The system is designed to provide compensation for the types of financial losses typically experienced by injured workers and their family. The benefits that Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation system can provide may include:
- Compensation for lost wages – Individuals who are hurt at work frequently need to halt their work entirely, reduce their hours, or transition into an occupational role that is less lucrative. Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation system can offset losses due to lost wages.
- Compensation for medical costs and treatments – Medical treatment is made available to injured workers through the Workers’ Compensation system. Employers must provide workers with a notice of their right to receive medical treatment at the time of injury or as soon as it is practicable.
- Specific loss benefits – If the injury resulted in the loss of a specific appendage or body part — such as the amputation of an arm, leg, finger, eye, or another body part – specific loss benefits may be available.
- Death benefits – If the workplace injury caused the death of a loved one, covered beneficiaries may be entitled to death benefits.
While the Workers’ Compensation system in Pennsylvania can provide stability after a worker gets hurt at work, the system can be difficult to navigate and your benefits can be challenged.
Types of Work Injuries that are Common in Upper Darby, PA
There are an array of injuries and impairing conditions that can occur or develop while at work. Injuries can be physical in nature due to a blunt force trauma, crushing injury, a fall, or other mechanisms of injury. Injuries and disabling conditions can also develop due to the use of chemicals, cleaning solutions and solvents, and other environmental factors present in the workplace. Some injuries that are commonly claimed in Upper Darby and the surrounding area are:
- Neck injuries including whiplash and disk injuries
- Injuries to an individual’s knees and other weight-bearing joints
- Repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel Head injuries such as concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Bone fractures
- Respiratory conditions caused by chemicals or other potential environmental allergens in use at the facility.
What Is Your First Step After a Workplace injury?
If you have been hurt at work or were otherwise forced to seek medical attention due to conditions present at your workplace, you must take certain steps to protect your ability to claim Workers’ Compensation benefits. This begins with your duty to report your workplace injury or medical event. Workers in Pennsylvania are required to report their workplace injury or condition within 21 days of its incidence. A failure to make this report within 120 days can result in a bar on Workers’ Compensation benefits.
Our Upper Darby Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Can Help
The Workers’ Compensation attorneys of Lerner, Steinberg & Associates are dedicated to fighting for hard-working Pennsylvanians who have been injured at work. Partner Mark Schmidt is certified as a specialist in the practice of Workers’ Compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. To schedule a free and confidential initial consultation regarding our Workers’ Compensation representation, call 1-(215) 355-6400 or contact us online.