If you were injured in the workplace, it is important to know there are deadlines regarding reporting your injury.
Sometimes after an injury, you may feel fine and not report the injury right away.
However, if you do not do so, you may have difficulty receiving workers’ compensation benefits in the future.
Workers’ Compensation allows an employee to receive medical treatment and compensation of any wage loss because of a work-related injury or disease.
In Pennsylvania, after a workplace injury, workers are required to notify their employers of their work-related injury or illness within 120 days of the date of the incident or the date the worker discovered their medical condition.
There is also a statute of limitations for bringing a claim against your employer. If your employer denies your workers’ compensation claim, you have three years from the date of the workplace injury to file a claim.
It is important to notify your employer right away so you can receive the medical attention you need. You also want documentation of the accident in the unfortunate event you would need to stop working due to your injury and collect workers’ compensation.
Once your injury is reported and your claim for workers’ compensation is submitted, your employer’s insurance has 21 days to approve or deny your claim.
If denied, it is advised to consult a workers’ compensation attorney to review your case.
Getting the compensation you deserve after a workplace injury should be as easy as notifying your employer, seeing an approved doctor and filing a claim.
However, things do not always go this smoothly. It is not uncommon for the insurance provider to deny your claim. Suffering a major injury at work often leaves people with many questions and few answers. If you suffered serious injuries on the job, it is important to know your rights.
Workers’ compensation negotiation and litigation is often complex. If you have questions or concerns about your workplace injuries, contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney at Berger and Green.
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If you were injured on the job or lost a loved one while they were on the job, contact the experienced attorneys at Berger and Green. We keep in mind your present and future needs. After an injury or a death, filing a claim will help you and your family during this difficult and unexpected time. Call Berger and Green at 412-661-1400 to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Pittsburgh today.
Source: PA. GOV, “Reporting an Injury or Occupational Disease”