Do I have a case?
Under Pennsylvania law, anyone who is injured on the job or becomes ill due to a work-related illness has the right to recover wage loss or medical benefits related to the work injury or illness regardless of fault.
What benefits can I recover?
Pennsylvania Law restricts your recovery in a workers’ compensation claim to two-thirds of your average weekly wage plus the payment of any reasonable, necessary and related medical expenses.
What doctors can I see?
For the first ninety (90) days after a work injury or work-related illness, you are required to treat with doctors who are approved by the workers’ compensation insurance company. These doctors are typically referred to as “panel doctors.” After ninety (90) days, you may treat with any doctor that you chose. As long as the treatment is reasonable, necessary and related to the work injury or illness, workers’ compensation insurance is required to pay for the medical expenses incurred.
Can I sue my employer?
Pennsylvania law provides that workers’ compensation is the exclusive remedy for injuries occurred in the work place. Therefore, you are unable to sue your employer for damages such as pain and suffering incurred as a result of a work place accident. However, if your work injury was caused by a party other than your employer or a co-worker, workers’ compensation laws allow you to bring a suit against the responsible party.
Workers’ compensation litigation is complex. Your employer or your employer’s insurance carrier will be represented by an experienced attorney. Valid claims can be rejected. Employers can apply pressure for you to return to work before you feel you are able to do so. And you may fear for your job.
If you’ve suffered a workplace injury or illness, contact ACA Law today for a FREE evaluation of your case. An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer will answer your questions, advise you of your rights and explain the benefits you are entitled to. Our workers compensation lawyers work on a contingency basis. We charge no fees until we make a recovery for you, so it does not cost you any money to have your case reviewed. Ensure that your legal rights are fully protected. Call ACA Law today at (570) 348-0200.