Workers’ Compensation for Construction Workers in Pennsylvania
You may be building a family’s future home or renovating an office for someone’s dream business. As a construction worker, you’re performing critical jobs that other people’s lives depend on. As you work, you are exposed to dangerous and sometimes deadly environments. When you are injured at a Pennsylvania jobsite, do you have a legal right to workers’ compensation benefits?
The answer is yes. If you were injured in a construction accident, you might be entitled to significant benefits. The dedicated construction workers’ comp attorneys at Calhoon and Kaminsky P.C., want to help you get the money you’re owed. We’ve helped hardworking professionals just like you recover over $221 million for their injuries.
With Calhoon and Kaminsky P.C., we’ll do all we can to help you get the worker’s’ comp benefits you deserve. Our case results show our commitment and our glowing client reviews show our compassion in helping victims across Pennsylvania. Our legal team can do the same for you. We won’t charge you a fee unless we help you recover compensation.
Don’t wait to fight for the workers’ compensation you’re owed. Contact the knowledgeable and compassionate workers’ compensation lawyers at Calhoon and Kaminsky P.C., today. We will schedule your free consultation. Call us today or contact us online to take the first step on your road to recovery.
Workers’ Comp Benefits for Construction Workers
Construction workers who are injured in work-related accidents in Pennsylvania can typically access a variety of workers’ compensation benefits.
Those benefits include:
- Compensation for permanent injuries like disfigurement, hearing loss, or loss of body parts.
- Payment for a total disability that prevents you from being able to work.
- Partial disability benefits to help cover lost income if you have to take a job that pays less than your previous job because of your injuries.
- Coverage for medical expenses, including medicine, therapy, surgery, medical equipment, disability accommodations, and doctor appointments.
- Death benefits to help compensate a construction worker’s dependents if the worker is killed in a workplace accident.
How an Attorney Can Help You
It’s painful when you’re suffering from a serious construction site injury. It can be tedious and frustrating to get money for your medical bills and other expenses. You don’t have to do it all alone. A knowledgeable workers’ comp attorney can help you navigate your workers’ comp claim.
The attorney can:
- Answer any questions you have related to your case and help you understand your legal options.
- Help you fill out paperwork for your claim, help ensure the claim is persuasive, and help make sure all parts of this complicated process are completed on time.
- Gather evidence to support your workers’ comp claim. That evidence may include testimony from medical experts to prove the extent of your injury or disability. Other evidence may be collected to show that the work incident caused your injury – not a previous accident or underlying medical condition.
- Your attorney can help file an appeal and fight for your rights if your initial claim is denied.
- Negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to help you get a fair settlement.
- Protect your legal rights if your employer retaliates against you or wrongfully terminates you because of the workers’ compensation claim.
- Help you avoid unintended consequences, such as the negative effect of workers’ comp benefits on Social Security disability payments.
- File a lawsuit against a third party when necessary.
What to Do If You Are Hurt on a Construction Job Site
If you have been injured on the job, take these steps to protect your rights:
- Tell your employer. Under Pennsylvania law, employees are required to tell their employer about any workplace injuries within 21 days of the accident. If you fail to meet this deadline, you might not get any compensation for your injuries. Once informed, your employer must advise you of your workers’ compensation rights and provide you with a list of company physicians.
- See a doctor. Under Pennsylvania law, employees typically must see a company doctor for the first 90 days after a workplace injury. Be sure your injuries are evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible. The physician’s report will be a critical piece of evidence in your workers’ comp claim.
- Gather evidence. Take photographs of your injuries and the accident scene, including any dangerous conditions in the area. Talk to anyone who saw the accident happen and write down their account of the incident. Be sure to get the name and contact information of any witness. Get a copy of any official reports that are filed regarding the accident.
- Call our workers’ comp attorneys. Our attorneys can help protect your rights and seek the maximum amount of money that you’re owed for your work-related injuries.
How Long Do You Have To File a Workers’ Comp Claim?
After a construction site accident, employees usually have only 21 days to tell their employer about their injuries. Additionally, workers typically have three years from the date of the accident to file a workers’ comp claim. However, Pennsylvania law has multiple exceptions to these rules, which could shorten or extend the amount of time you have for your claim.
Types of Construction Worker Injuries
Construction sites expose workers to multiple dangers that can cause a range of injuries, including:
- Significant organ damage if you get caught between two objects.
- Traumatic brain injury after falling from a tall surface, such as scaffolding or a roof.
- Broken bones and neck injuries.
- Severe burns from electrocution.
Talk to a Construction Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Now
If you’ve been injured in a construction incident, contact Calhoon and Kaminsky P.C., today. Our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys are here to help you get the workers’ compensation you deserve. Call us or reach us online to schedule your free consultation.
Eric was extremely helpful and made sure I understood everything and made the process a lot easier for me. He gave me all the information to make an educated decision.
Review by: Cody Brown
Date Published: January 2019
Rating: ★★★★★5 / 5 stars