Filing For Workers’ Compensation After A Work Accident
As an injured worker, you have a right to obtain workers’ compensation benefits from your employer. Although it is your right to be protected in case of a work accident, you need to follow a strict process and provide the necessary paperwork to obtain this benefit.
Moreover, your right to fair compensation could be denied or delayed for technical reasons, such as improperly filed paperwork or missing certain deadlines. At AlpernSchubert, P.C., our attorneys stand ready to help you file for your workers’ comp benefit and assert your rights.
Understanding The Workers’ Compensation Process
Under Pennsylvania law, an injured worker has a maximum of 21 days to report an accident and injuries suffered to their employer to receive retroactive benefits. After this notification, the workers’ compensation claim process starts.
To continue with the claim and protect your right to compensation, you must also do the following:
- Seek medical attention immediately. You may need to see a physician from your employer’s panel doctors during the first 90 days after the date of your accident.
- Fill out a claim that your employer will submit to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
- Obtain a copy of the Notice of Compensation Payable and Statement of Wages to your employer’s insurance carrier. Verify the information provided in this document is correct. Otherwise, contact your attorney as soon as possible.
- Follow up on the status of your claim and act quickly in case your claim was denied or your checks are delayed.
The experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at AlpernSchubert, P.C., can help you navigate the system. Early intervention of an experienced lawyer can help you expedite the process and maximize your benefits. If your employer denies this benefit to you on the basis that you are an independent contractor – and you were unaware of such status – call us immediately to review your case.
You Have Rights As An Injured Worker
Our lawyers have more than 100 years of combined experience protecting the rights of our clients. Call 412-506-9561 or send us an email to discuss your rights and your options. We offer a free initial consultation. We are proud to serve clients throughout western Pennsylvania.