Workers’ Compensation for Warehouse Workers in Pennsylvania
All types of businesses use warehouses, but those storage spaces are especially important for large companies. Warehouses help companies like Amazon store their goods. These facilities are constantly in motion. Warehouse employees may use conveyor belts, forklifts, and trucks to move merchandise and other materials. All of this activity can lead to serious and sometimes even life-threatening injuries for warehouse employees.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a warehouse accident, contact Calhoon and Kaminsky P.C. Our lawyers can help you get the workers’ comp benefits you need. Our Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyers have been fighting for injured workers for decades. We’ve recovered more than $221 million for injured workers.
We focus on helping hardworking professionals like yourself seek the workers’ comp benefits that they are owed. As you can see from our positive case results and client testimonials, we serve our clients with skill and compassion. We can do the same for you. We won’t charge you anything unless we help you obtain compensation.
Don’t delay your legal fight for workers’ compensation. Call Calhoon and Kaminsky P.C., today or contact us online to set up your free consultation.
Why Workers’ Comp Claims Can be Complicated for Warehouse Workers
Under Pennsylvania law, employers typically must have workers’ compensation coverage for all of their employees. However, accessing this compensation can be a difficult process, especially for warehouse workers who try to get it on their own.
Insurance companies may deny workers’ compensation benefits for warehouse workers. One reason: the employer may have misclassified the employee’s work status. In most cases, warehouse employees work under the control and direction of their employer. Under Pennsylvania law, employers should classify most warehouse workers as employees and provide them with workers’ compensation coverage.
However, many employers know very little about employment law in Pennsylvania. They may mistakenly misclassify warehouse workers as independent contractors who aren’t entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Other employers may misclassify warehouse workers on purpose in an attempt to save money.
A skilled workers’ comp attorney can evaluate your case and advise you on how your employer should classify you as a worker. The attorney can help determine what benefits you’re entitled to and answer any other questions you might have about your claim.
How a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help
Our experienced workers’ comp lawyers have in-depth knowledge of Pennsylvania employment and workers’ compensation laws. We have a wealth of experience handling these kinds of cases. We know what it takes to build a solid, complete and convincing claim. Our goal is to help you get the full benefits you deserve.
An attorney from our firm can help you fill out all the necessary paperwork for your initial claim. Our attorney will help gather the evidence you need to support your claim. Our attorney will collect your medical records from various sources and gather statements about your accident. Our attorney will also explore the accident’s impact on your working abilities. If necessary, our lawyer will collaborate with medical experts or vocational specialists who can testify on your behalf.
Our attorney will help ensure your claim is submitted on time. According to Pennsylvania law, injured workers must typically notify their employer within 21 days of the date the injury occurred. An injured employee must file a workers’ comp claim within three years of the injury.
Pennsylvania’s laws are full of confusing conditions, and many exceptions exist. A skilled lawyer can help determine which rules apply to your situation and help ensure you don’t accidentally miss out on the compensation you’re owed.
Our knowledgeable workers’ comp attorneys can also negotiate on your behalf with insurance companies and fight for you in court if needed. Insurance companies may pressure you to accept a low disability rating or agree to benefits that are much less than what you need and deserve. Our lawyer can help determine how much your claim is worth and work to get the full amount you’re owed. If your initial claim is denied, our lawyer can help you file an appeal and fight for your rights in court.
Common Causes of Warehouse Accidents
From fast-moving forklifts to cluttered loading docks, warehouses are full of all kinds of risks. Many different incidents can lead to warehouse injuries. The most common causes of warehouse accidents include:
- Repetitive motions
- Exposure to toxic substances and chemicals
Common Warehouse Injuries
Employees can file for workers’ compensation for any type of work-related injury – whether it’s minor or life-threatening. Common warehouse injuries include:
- Joint and muscle injuries
- Respiratory illnesses and lung diseases like asthma or COPD
- Hearing loss
- Loss of arms, legs, fingers, or toes
- Broken bones
- Disfigurement of the face, head, or neck
- Traumatic brain injury
- Back injuries, such as nerve damage, fractures, or other spinal cord damage
- Strains and sprains
- Carpal tunnel
- Internal organ damage
Talk to a Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Now
Warehouse workers do much for our community. They deserve fair compensation when they’re injured at work. If you are suffering from a warehouse injury, call Calhoon and Kaminsky P.C., today to schedule a free consultation. Don’t wait to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact our skilled workers’ comp attorneys today by phone or through our online chat.