Workers’ Comp Lawyer In Philadelphia & New Jersey

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Workers’ compensation—sometimes referred to as workers’ comp— is a set of civil laws protecting both worker and employer in the event of workplace injuries. A workplace injury can arise from an accident at work or repetitive work conditions that cause sickness or disability. In Pennsylvania, workers’ compensation laws afford injured employees and their loved ones several types of benefits.

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Under workers compensation, an injured worker or his dependent may be entitled to the following benefits:

  • Weekly compensation to the injured worker
  • Reasonable, necessary and related medical treatment
  • Death benefits and burial expenses to a deceased worker’s dependents

Your employer and its insurance carrier have teams of lawyers to deny claims or minimize payments of workers’ compensation claims. Our workers’ compensation department will use its experience and litigation skills to protect your rights to benefits.

Workers’ Comp – Frequently Asked Questions

What qualifies as a work injury?

An injury that occurs at work, or an illness or disease caused by your job. It does not include any kind of injury of a self-inflicted nature nor does it include any injury that occurs while an employee is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Can I file for benefits without an attorney?

This may be an option under circumstances where you’ve suffered very minor injuries and your employer’s insurance is 100% cooperating with you on the claim. Otherwise, you may find yourself surrounded by quite an alarming situation. It is always best to play it safe when it comes to this kind of situation to avoid any kind of conflict or delay.

When am I covered by workers’ comp?

You’re covered beginning on the very first day of work!

How much will I receive from workers’ comp?

The wage-loss benefits you receive will be equal to approximately two-thirds of your average weekly wage – up to a weekly maximum.

May I sue my employer in the wake of an accident?

If your employer doesn’t have Workers Comp Insurance, it is likely illegal and you can surely request that we look into suing them if you got hurt on the job.

Can I sue the party responsible for my injury?

There are cases where you can file a civil suit to sue a third-party who is purportedly responsible for the injury.

Who will pay my medical bills?

The employer and insurance company will be responsible for taking care of your medical bills. These shall include reasonable medical/surgical services, as well as things such as medication, orthopedics, and prostheses.

Can I collect Social Security, unemployment & disability benefits?

If you’re eligible, then you can certainly collect these benefits, although there will be a reduction in your Workers Comp benefits.

Do I need to go to the company doctor?

If your employer has accepted your claim and posted a list of at least (6) physicians in your workplace then you must choose one from the list for initial treatment. For at least (90) days following the initial visit, you must continue to attend treatment.

If I’m injured on the job, what should I do?

If this, unfortunately, happens to you then please report the occurrence to your supervisor/employer immediately.

What is a lump sum settlement comprised of?

Some employees receiving Workers Comp can elect for a lump-sum settlement amount to pay for unreimbursed medical expenses and any other amount that comes under dispute. There are quite a few angles to consider and we can help you mull this over if you’re unsure of what to do.

How long will it take to receive my workers’ comp benefits?

The answer to this question is completely dependent upon your unique circumstances surrounding the case. By contacting Freedman & Lorry, we can examine everything involved and give you a good expectation of what will occur.

What do I do if I’m on workers’ comp and return to work?

When returning to work in any capacity (light-duty or your normal routine) DO NOT sign any documents without speaking to an attorney first. A “good-faith” attempt at the job is required on your behalf, however, if you experience any pain you must notify your doctor immediately and follow his/her directions.

Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. Stand Beside Injured Workers

When a worker incurs injuries while at their job, our Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. will fight for maximum compensation for their injuries. Contact us today at 215-925-8400 or 888-999-1962 or contact us online. We proudly serve clients in Philadelphia, Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern and Central New Jersey, and North Carolina.