A work-related injury can be devastating – emotionally, physically and financially. You may be experiencing stress from your pain, lack of sleep and a fear of losing everything you have worked so hard to acquire and provide for your family. It is the goal of the experienced attorneys of Porta-Clark + Ward LLC to help calm many of your fears with caring and compassionate representation.
When you are injured at work, you must immediately report this injury to your employer. Failure to do so within 120 days from the date of your accident could forever preclude your ability to collect benefits. You must also treat with the company or panel physician for the first 90 days following an injury. If you fail to do so, your employer and its workers’ compensation insurance carrier could refuse to pay for treatment and/or abide by the physicians work restrictions.
Once your claim has been approved and you are receiving benefits, the insurance company cannot stop paying you without taking certain legal action. However, there are many tricks that insurance companies will explore to attempt to stop or modify your benefits. It is important to speak with an experienced attorney to aid you in the preservation of your income while you heal from your injuries.
If you are ready to settle your workers’ compensation claim and receive a lump sum payment, contact the firm of Porta-Clark + Ward LLC immediately.
If you have a scar on your face, neck or head, contact our team as you may be entitled to additional compensation.
Consultations are free and there is no charge for attorney’s fees or costs unless recovery is obtained on your behalf.
What to do if you are injured on the job:
- Report your injury immediately to your supervisor, and if required, complete an accident report.
You must report a work injury no later than 120 days after the injury occurred.
- You must seek treatment with a doctor on your company's workers' compensation panel during the first 90 days from the date of your injury.When you report your injury to your supervisor, ask for a copy of the list of panel providers.
- The workers' compensation insurance company has 21 days to accept or deny your claim.
- Before you are entitled to receive any reimbursement of your lost wages, you must miss 7 days of work.
- If your employer does not carry workers' compensation insurance, call an attorney immediately. There is a fund set up by the State to provide you coverage, but the notice requirements are very strict.
- If the insurance carrier denies your claim, call an attorney immediately.
- The insurance carrier may want to have a nurse or other representative accompany you on your doctor's appointments. You ARE NOT required to allow this person into the examination room with you or permit this person to speak with your doctor.
- If your claim is denied, contact one of our attorneys for a free consultation.
- If you are receiving benefits and you receive a modification, suspension or termination, contact one of our attorneys immediately before your benefits are shut off.
General Information: http://www.dli.state.pa.us