Many injured workers in Gettysburg and Pennsylvania find themselves in a difficult position. In cases where the workers’ comp benefits are delayed or where the claim is denied, a worker who has lost time at work may face tough choices. They may not be able to pay for medical treatment or could consider returning to work early.
The Gettysburg, PA, workers’ comp lawyers at Calhoon and Kaminsky P.C., see it often. Our legal team sees injured workers who have been denied timely benefits wonder about skipping treatment or think about returning to work before their doctor agrees.
If you’re considering making any serious choices like these because your benefits are not showing up, please contact Calhoon and Kaminsky P.C., or call us at (717) 695-4722 before you make any choices.
How Workers’ Compensation Works
Workers’ compensation in Gettysburg is governed by Pennsylvania law. This law requires all employers to buy and pay for workers’ compensation coverage for all workers who qualify. This coverage offers many benefits for workers who are injured on the job, killed on the job, exposed to toxic substances or acquire an illness or medical condition because of their work. Workers’ compensation also offers benefits for employees who lose the use of a body part and for those who have an existing medical condition which their work made worse.
If you qualify for workers’ compensation and get a medical condition or are injured, you will need to seek emergency medical help if the situation is life-threatening or serious. You will also need to report the injury to your employer. Pennsylvania law gives you 120 days to report the injury to your employer, but you’ll want to report the injury as soon as you can.
Your employer will tell their insurance company about the claim, and the insurance company has 21 days to decide your benefits.
Why Do I Need a Gettysburg Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?
In a perfect world, every injured worker would get the benefits they need quickly. In reality, the workers’ compensation process is complicated, and many things could go wrong:
- Your claim may be denied
- You may get fewer benefits than you deserve
- Your benefits may be stopped or modified prematurely
- The insurance company may try to claim some of your medical expenses do not qualify for coverage
- Your benefits may be late
- Your employer may illegally not have purchased coverage for you
- Your injuries or employment type may not be classified correctly
- Paperwork may not be filed properly
No matter what happens, if something goes wrong, contact a Gettysburg workers’ compensation attorney right away. There are legal ways to seek your rightful benefits and the attorneys at Calhoon and Kaminsky P.C., have successfully secured benefits for injured workers across central Pennsylvania. Chances are, we have even handled cases similar to yours.
If you have any problems with your workers’ comp benefits, contact Calhoon and Kaminsky P.C., online or call us at (717) 695-4722 for a free consultation.