If you have suffered a work-related injury or have become ill because of exposure to hazardous material on the job, you may be potentially entitled to medical and compensation benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act. The vast majority of Pennsylvania workers are covered by the Act. Those who are not covered (such as Federal or Rail Road workers), are most likely entitled to benefits under another type of plan.
It’s important to be informed of the reporting requirements. In order to be eligible for Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits, an employee needs notify their employer know of their illness and/or injury within a specific amount of time. A worker who has suffered an injury on the job has 120 days from the date of sustaining the injury to inform their employer. A failure to provide your employer with notice of injury can result in a loss of benefits.
Workers commonly encounter many difficulties when trying to receive benefits for their injury, even when it is obvious that the injury is legitimate. Because employers most typically use private insurance companies, work-related injury claims are often times denied.
If you have been injured in the workplace and your claim has been denied by your employer or their insurance company, it is essential that you speak with a Pennsylvania workers compensation lawyer about the specifics of your case.
To schedule an initial consultation with an experienced attorney, call Calhoon & Associates at 717-695-4722 or 877-291-9675.