Workers’ compensation for Lancaster employees – what, exactly, does that entail? To begin with, if you or a loved one received one or more injuries that stemmed from a work-related incident, you will want to be familiar with three things: 1) the benefits you may be entitled to receive 2) the circumstances that would legally qualify your injuries as ‘work-related’ and 3) the steps you must follow to ensure the fullest compensation is awarded.
During the next few minutes, you will gain a thorough understanding of how you can optimize your chances of receiving maximized monetary recoveries and other benefits, and how Georgelis Injury Law Firm can assist you with navigating the legal complexities, from start to finish.
It is critically important to realize that not all workers’ compensation claimants receive comprehensive medical services and wage loss benefits. This is often because claimants will trust in, and rely on, the insurance companies involved, to determine the dollar amounts that will be granted—particularly, in the context of trying to settle a workers’ compensation claim for a lump sum. Frequently, those dollar amounts are first-offer, low-ball figures from insurance entities whose prioritized mission is to safeguard their financial assets and pay out as little as possible to injured workers.
Another factor coming into play when Lancaster workers walk away with far less than they deserve with workers’ compensation benefits: they are not represented by strong legal counsel. Many people sidestep legal representation because they believe they can’t afford workers’ compensation lawyers – but we have good news. Our Lancaster clients are never charged directly for our legal services – they pay no out-of-pocket fees!
At Georgelis Injury Law Firm, we make the entire process of being legally represented, financially accommodating. To best serve injured Lancaster workers, we utilize a contingency-fee structure where our workers’ compensation lawyers are compensated for their time and efforts only when cases are handled successfully. If we don’t win, you don’t pay! Be assured, however, that if we take your case, winning is our mission!
The decision to work with our workers’ compensation lawyers, verses attempting to handle your claim without legal assistance, can mean the difference between maximized compensation and little to no compensation at all. We will not tolerate our Lancaster clients being misguided by insurance companies who encourage claimants to accept the lowest dollar amount.
Whether you or a loved one are dealing with a traumatic brain injury, torn ligaments, broken bones, a loss of a body part, or other type of work-related injury, you can rest easy knowing our legal team will fight for every penny you are entitled to receive!
Some of our workers’ compensation recoveries include a $320,000 workers’ comp award and a $365,000 work-related injury settlement. Our lawyers also handle Wrongful Death cases that pertain to work-place accidents. A wrongful-death settlement will never bring a loved one back, but dependents may qualify for substantial financial compensation as a result of the work injury-related death. Some of the more common causes of work-related Wrongful Death cases include industrial accidents, company vehicle accidents, and falls from ladders and scaffolds.
Contacting our legal professionals as soon as possible after a work-related accident is extremely important. When evidence can be gathered and preserved quickly, it can contribute immensely towards the strength and value of one’s case. If you have any questions related to your workers’ compensation injuries or those of someone you love, please contact our legal team at 1-800-HURT NOW.
Our workers’ compensation lawyers develop the best strategic plans to recover benefits, utilizing every viable source – the workers’ compensation system, liability insurance, and any negligent third parties.
The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act outlines the specifics of wage loss and medical benefits to compensate employees adversely affected by work-related injuries or diseases. This Act states that when a worker is injured during the course of employment, the employer has liability for those injuries.
In a nutshell, under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act:
Our dedicated lawyers possess the experience and knowledge to ensure every detail, rule, and regulation associated with the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act is followed – details that employers and insurance companies often do not sufficiently explain or reveal.
While you or your loved one concentrate on healing, our legal team will concentrate on navigating the complex legal nuances associated with your case. Armed with the proper tools and the most-effective strategies, we make sure our Lancaster clients’ rights are fully protected and that the most substantial financial compensation can be realized.
The types of work-related accidents that qualify for workers’ compensation run the gamut, with some accidents happening more frequently than others. Here are just a few types of the claims we handle: address:
Factories and Industries – These are among the most hazardous work environments. Everything from slips, trips, falls, and repetitive trauma injuries are common. If you are worried about lost wages or mounting medical bills due to your factory or industry-related accident and injury, Georgelis Injury Law Firm is here to help!
Construction Sites – Every year, 1 in 10 construction workers are injured in the US, and only 50% of workplace injuries that are deemed ‘serious’, are reported. No matter what type of injury you sustained at your construction site – or while in a company vehicle during work-time activities – our workers’ compensation lawyers want to know! Don’t be among the 50% that don’t report an injury, only to discover you could have qualified for substantial financial compensation.
Nursing & Healthcare Facilities – Are you aware that healthcare workers lead the way when it comes to workplace injuries? There are nearly half a million reported injuries each year! Lifting and lowering patients can take its toll on a person’s neck, mid- and low back. And then, of course, there are many slips and falls associated with working in this professional arena. At Georgelis Injury Law Firm, we have handled countless cases that deal with nursing and healthcare-worker claims.
Tow-Motor & Fork-Lift Environments – Shockingly, OSHA states that there are about 30,000 fork-lift accidents every year, which averages to about 82 of these types of accidents per day. Sadly, we see nearly 100 fatalities each year as well, involving either the driver of the forklift or an unsuspecting bystander.
Weighing in at 9,000 pounds, forklifts have the potential to cause severe damage and death, quite easily. Whether a forklift was not properly maintained or whether a forklift driver was inadequately trained, injuries need to be dealt with, medically and legally. Our workers’ compensation lawyers will assist with every detail surrounding your claim.
There are five critical steps an injured worker should take to strengthen their workers’ compensation claim.
Report Your Injury, Immediately – If you miss the deadline to report your injury, you could sacrifice all your workers’ compensation benefits. Pennsylvania workers have up to 21 days to report their work-related injury in order to be eligible for indemnity, or wage loss, benefits from day one. A Lancaster worker must report a work injury to the employer within 120 days in order to be eligible for any benefits through the workers’ comp system. In terms of income loss benefits, if an employee reports a work-related injury beyond the 21-day mark, and before the 120-day deadline, they will be eligible for benefits starting the day the report was made to the employer.
Your injury should be reported, even if it seems minor at the time. A simple slip-and-fall at work could lead to ongoing back-pain that didn’t materialize at first. Never assume your injury is minor and will go away – allow a medical expert to determine the severity of your injury and how it may impact you later.
Seek Prompt Medical Attention – A medical report that describes your injuries will serve as powerful documentation of the work-relatedness of your claim. Without it, the insurance company could cry, “Foul!”, and argue that your injuries either never existed, or that the injuries occurred outside of the scope of your job. Make sure you will be properly compensated for your injuries – see a medical provider ASAP, and our workers’ compensation lawyers will take it from there!
Safeguard Documentations – Keep copies of everything that pertains to your workers’ compensation claim – anything you send or receive! Accident reports, claim forms, doctor reports, contact information regarding any potential witnesses, letters from your employer, and any correspondence with insurance companies. You want solid evidence that proves you followed protocol in case the insurance company decides to dispute your claim.
Understand Who is Ready to Sabotage Your Benefits – Workers in Lancaster can be cheated out of their rightful workers’ compensation benefits by a number of people. This includes insurance companies and the various personnel they hire—claims representatives, investigators, nurse or medical case managers, independent medical examination doctors, vocational experts and others. The insurance company can stop paying you if it fails to file a ‘Notice of Compensation Payable’. Additionally, if the insurance company feels your description of your injuries was not complete enough, your medical treatments could be limited.
Also, the insurance company might hire its own medical case manager to convince your doctor that you are ready to return to work – even if you are not – and prematurely reduce your work restrictions and prematurely declare you are recovered.
Nurse case managers, surveillance investigators, and ‘independent’ medical exams can lead to reduced workers’ compensation benefits, as well as benefits that end sooner than you would have expected! When so many people are working against you, isn’t it comforting to know you have a dedicated legal ally who is ready to work with you and for you?
Contact Georgelis Injury Law Firm – When you are supported by a powerhouse legal team, your chances of being granted the most substantial benefits are greatly enhanced. If the insurance company reduces or denies your benefits, or is seemingly ignoring your claim, our workers’ compensation lawyers will nip it in the bud – we will have your back!
We invite you to reach out to our legal team, since we have been protecting Lancaster’s injured workers for decades and have the experience of having handled thousands of claims and recovering millions of dollars for our clients.
Georgelis Injury Law Firm has been ranked as the #1 law firm in Lancaster County as part of Lancaster County Magazine‘s Best-of-Lancaster Survey for 9 years running! Our trial lawyers deliver – they are credited with over 99% of cases won. Additionally, our trial lawyers are responsible for more than $70,000,000 in recoveries for our clients and have successfully handled thousands of personal injury and work-related injury claims.
Georgelis Injury Law Firm is comprised of two former Lancaster County Assistant District Attorneys, a former Philadelphia Insurance Defense Lawyer, and a former President Judge of the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas.
When a work injury occurs, you will reap the rewards of choosing our team of workers’ compensation lawyers who are among the best of the best in their field! When you consider the fact that your job, your future income, your medical treatments, and your livelihood are on the line, only the most select lawyers will do!
Another component that elevates Georgelis Law to be recognized as one of the best legal firms in the region is being available evenings and weekends to meet with Lancaster, PA clients. We can visit you at your home, your office, the hospital, or rehab center. We will work around your schedule and your needs!
Get a Free Consultation – simply respond to a few simple questions, and a workers’ compensation lawyer will reach out to you within 24 hours. At Georgelis Injury Law Firm, we will work diligently to replace your feelings of worry and weariness with renewed feelings of empowerment and encouragement.
You can also enjoy the immediate convenience of a Live Chat for real-time assistance, 24/7! Many of your workers’ comp questions can be answered on the spot.
Since lost time can result in lost compensation, we encourage you to act quickly with getting in touch with our team! Our neighbors in Lancaster, PA can:
We are fully committed to our Lancaster, PA clients during the Coronavirus outbreak. Click Coronavirus and Your Personal Injury or Workers’ Compensation Case, to learn more. Our top priority is ensuring our clients and our staff remain protected while their cases proceed, efficiently. Through the use of video conferencing and other client-friendly options, we remain diligent with implementing proactive safety measures for all involved, at all times.
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