According to the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, an injury is considered a workers’ compensation injury if it occurs as a result of your job, no matter who was at fault. Occupational diseases related to your work are also considered workers’ compensation injuries.
If you are injured or become ill on the job and are unable to continue working to support yourself and your family, you might be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The benefits you or your dependents may receive include:
- Financial compensation
- Death benefits
- Specific loss benefits
- Medical care
You are entitled to these financial benefits when a temporary or permanent injury or illness does not allow you to work. Report your injury to your employer within the allotted time and speak to a member of our workers’ compensation team. We can review the cause and effect of your work-related injury or illness and help you determine your eligibility for these and any additional financial benefits.
You May Be Entitled to Receive Financial Benefits
Workers’ compensation benefits serve as financial assistance when an injury or illness an employee sustained at work does not allow them to continue working. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (DLI), workers’ compensation benefits offer several types of financial benefits, including:
- Payments for lost wages: This serves as compensation for wages you cannot earn due to a total or partial disability.
- Death benefits: This compensation gets paid to the surviving family members.
- Specific loss benefits: This may serve as compensation for the full or partial loss of specific body parts or functions. This may also be compensation for permanent disfigurement of your head, face, or neck.
Workers’ compensation recipients may also receive medical care to cover the cost of medications, hospitalizations, assistive medical devices, and other necessary medical supplies. Your lawyer can help you determine which forms of compensation you qualify for according to the cause and type of injuries you sustained.
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Commonly Reported Causes of Workplace Injuries
Employees in any industry can sustain an injury at work. According to the DLI, there were 173,267 work-related injuries and illnesses in 2018. The most commonly reported causes of workplace injuries and illnesses included:
- Employee overexertion
- Employee being struck
- Employee slips and falls
The following types of injuries are among the most commonly reported:
- Occupational Illnesses
- Heat burns
- Chemical burns
- Loss of one or both eyes
If you suffered one or more of these injuries at work, you can review the circumstances of your injury and its physical and financial aftermath with a law firm representative.
Your Workers’ Compensation Claim Has Time Limits
If you want to file an initial claim or keep fighting for benefits after your initial claim was denied, you need to be aware of the time limitations that may affect your case. Disregarding or being unaware of relevant time restrictions could negatively impact your ability to collect compensation.
According to the DLI, you must report your injury or illness to your employer within 21 days of its occurrence. Do not wait to file your report. Any injuries or illnesses that are not reported within 120 days do not qualify for compensation.
Employers must also comply with certain time restrictions, including immediately reporting your work-related injury or illness to their insurer.
If your initial claim for benefits gets denied, you have 20 days to file an appeal with the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board.
Our Law Firm Can Help You Appeal for Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Workers’ compensation benefits help sick or injured employees continue to support themselves and their families when an injury or illness prevents them from working. The application and filing process for financial benefits can be time-consuming and overwhelming. You do not have to apply for benefits or appeal a denied claim on your own.
If you were hurt or became ill at work, a member of our team can help you determine if your injury or illness is considered a workers’ compensation injury. We can also help you determine your eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits. Our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay attorney’s fees when we win your case. Contact a Berger and Green team member by calling (412) 661-1400 today.