Working for a living comes with inherent risks. In the event of an on-the-job injury, workers' compensation benefits can provide much-needed financial assistance. In this blog, our team at Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. will help you understand what benefits you're entitled to, including how to go forward with filing a claim.
There are two main types of workers' compensation benefits: medical and income. Medical benefits help to pay for the worker's medical expenses, while income benefits help to replace a portion of the workers' lost wages. If the claim is approved, medical benefits will cover things like:
- Required and reasonable medical services
- Hospital treatment
- Orthopedic supplies
It’s crucial to note that workers’ compensation does not cover pain and suffering.
Interested in Filing a Claim?
If you have been severely injured while working in Pennsylvania, you may wonder what your next steps should be. To start, be sure to document and report the incident as soon as possible. You have 120 days within the day of sustaining the injury or illness to file. It is best advised to speak up as soon as possible, as the longer you wait, the less likely your claim will be approved.
Depending on your company, you may be required to see an employer-approved doctor within the first 90 days of your injury. After that period passes, you can see any physician of your liking. Your employer will submit a First Report of Injury to the state, which will begin the claims process. However, sometimes claims do not go as planned, and they could be denied.
If your claim does get denied, our team of work injury attorneys can help you appeal it. Give us a call at (844) 383-0565 or fill out a consultation request form to get in touch with a member of our staff.