If you have experienced an injury or illness related to your job, you should be covered by workers' compensation benefits. In Pennsylvania, all employers are legally required to carry workers' compensation coverage for full and part-time employees. Workers' compensation benefits can sometimes be unfairly denied or prematurely cut-off though, leaving injured workers without a safety net. If you have been injured on the job and are having trouble with your claim or benefits, including challenges due to an impairment rating examination, help from a workers' compensation lawyer can make the difference. In Scranton, Stroudsburg, and cities throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania, employees find expert legal help from Foley Law Firm. Our experienced attorneys have been assisting employees resolve workers' compensation issues for decades, with a distinguished record of success. Contact us to schedule a free consultation today.
About Workers' Compensation
Injuries in the workplace are common, whether from a sudden fall on a construction job site or a carpal tunnel injury from years of repetitive motion. Employees can also become ill after long-term exposure to a toxic chemical or severe, prolonged stress. Workers' compensation is a form of insurance meant to provide payment of medical costs and up to two-thirds reimbursement of lost wages for a disability that is work-related.
In order to receive workers' compensation, an employee must inform his or her employer within 120 days of becoming sick or injured. The employer must then forward a claim to the insurer for approval of benefits. An employee who accepts workers' compensation benefits forfeits the right to sue an employer for negligence, and is not entitled to damages for pain and suffering.
Issues and Complications
Issues for the employee can arise if the employer is uncooperative or the insurance company denies the claim. This could be for one of a number of reasons, but a claim cannot be denied because you are considered to be at fault for the injury or illness. Exceptions include injuries that are intentionally self-inflicted, caused by intoxication, illegal drug use or breaking the law, or caused by an attack by a co-worker for personal reasons or an attack by someone unrelated to the job.
The following are potential workers' compensation issues that Foley Law Firm can help with:
- Employer refuses to file your claim
- Claim filed and benefits denied by insurance
- Benefits terminated, suspended, or modified by insurer
- Lump sum settlements
How a Legal Advocate Makes the Difference
Our experienced workers' compensation attorneys can help you appeal the decision of an insurance company, providing the benefits you and your family need when you are unable to work. If your employer is uncooperative, we can help you file a claims petition to receive your benefits. We can also negotiate a potential lump settlement for you, or alternatively, advise you to refuse one that has been offered.
Foley Law Firm is staffed with caring, knowledgeable attorneys who want to help. We are a plaintiff's law firm, and are aggressive advocates for workers. If you are up against a large insurance company, there is no need to feel intimidated. We are a well established firm with a reputation for excellence, and we are formidable opponents for big business.
Learn More During a Consultation
If you need the help of a workers' compensation attorney, contact our firm today. Consultations are always free, and we earn our legal fees when you receive your settlement.