Pittsburgh Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
The process for seeking and filing for workers’ compensation is straightforward and rather simple, but actually obtaining these benefits can be a complex process that involves negotiation and thorough documentation. You don’t have to navigate the process alone. At Ainsman Levine, LLC, our attorneys have the experience, knowledge and willingness needed to assist you with your workers’ compensation claim. We will answer your questions and advise you on how to move forward.
Understanding Workers’ Compensation
All employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance, and that coverage goes into effect your first day of employment. Under this insurance, you are covered should you get injured while working or within the course and scope of your employment. Whether you slip on ice in the parking lot, trip on a rug in the office, have a finger smashed at a construction site, suffer from a strain due to repetitive motion or face hearing loss from working in a manufacturing plant, you can file a claim.
Under Pennsylvania law, workers can also file claims for mental conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Helping You Navigate The Process.
After your accident or as soon as you notice symptoms, you should take action. The compensation process in Pennsylvania is as follows:
- Notify your employer of your injury as soon as possible. In most cases, this must be done within 120 days to seek any benefits. Reporting to your employer within 21 days sets you up to claim benefits starting at the date of your injury.
- Your employer will notify its insurance carrier.
- While you have already received medical attention, you may be required to submit to an independent medical evaluation completed by a medical provider from a list supplied by your employer.
- Your employer must accept or deny the claim within 21 days of being notified.
Our firm can help you through every stage, from filing a claim to figuring out which benefits you may be entitled to receive.
Guiding You Through Difficult Times
If your claim is denied, you have three years from the date of your injury to petition your claim. If your claim has been denied, we will help you with your appeal. An appeal will be heard by a judge.
If you think you have a workers’ compensation claim, contact our office today. We will advise you on what steps to take and advocate on your behalf. Located in Pittsburgh, our personal injury lawyers assist injured workers throughout western and central Pennsylvania. We can be reached by phone at 412-944-2235 or toll free at 800-513-5065.