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Frequently Asked Questions About Injuries We Handle

Our Lancaster County, PA law firm responds to FAQs about injuries we handle at Georgelis, Larsen & Sabatino Injury Law Firm, P.C., P.C.  We want our neighbors in Lancaster, PA  to have a thorough understanding of our expertise, and to understand we will always speak candidly to you about your rights and what you can expect from the legal process.

With those goals in mind, our attorneys have collected some frequently asked questions about the types of cases we handle. Please read our responses and then give us a call at 1-800-HURT-NOW for a FREE CASE REVIEW.

Frequently Asked Questions?

Am I eligible to be compensated for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle or work accident if I have a pre-existing condition, like arthritis, degenerative disc disease or degenerative joint disease?

Pennsylvania law provides for compensation for the aggravation of a pre-existing condition in the context of a bodily injury claim emanating from an auto accident or an injury suffered while in the course and scope of employment. Thus, if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, caused by another, and the trauma from the accident aggravates an underlying condition you have, you are entitled to be compensated for this injury. Similarly, if your work duties or a traumatic event on the job aggravate a pre-existing condition you have, the medical treatment and disability that flow from your symptoms are compensable. Regardless of what our law allows, however, insurance companies routinely deny or de-value injury claims that consist of these “aggravations” for a number of reasons. Therefore, as the victim of an auto accident or work injury, it is extremely important to have legal guidance as soon as possible after suffering such an injury. Insurance companies have vast resources and move quickly to minimize the significance of your claim, so having a top injury and accident lawyer by your side can be essential to prevailing on your claim and getting all of the financial compensation that you deserve. The attorneys at Georgelis, Larsen & Sabatino Injury Law Firm, P.C. have a wealth of litigation experience and are highly skilled advocates for the injured. We dedicate our practice exclusively to helping accident and injury victims, and we are always available to discuss your claim with you and provide valuable legal insight, free of charge and with no obligation.

My job duties require a lot of repetitive movement/motion and I have developed carpal tunnel syndrome—do I have a viable claim for workers’ compensation benefits?

Repetitive, or cumulative, trauma-type injuries are compensable under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. Consequently, injuries like carpal or cubital tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, rotator cuff or labral tears that develop over time and even disc bulges that become full-blown protrusions or disc herniations can be deemed work-related, so long as your doctor supports that the symptoms and/or disability arising from the condition were precipitated by your repetitive work duties. Again, though, irrespective of our workers’ compensation laws, insurance companies routinely deny work-related injury claims that arise from repetitive or cumulative trauma for a variety of reasons. So, it is critical to get the best legal counsel involved, on your behalf, right away. Insurance companies have adjusters, investigators, nurse case managers and lawyers all working against your best interest as soon as an injury happens—who do you have standing up for you? Georgelis, Larsen & Sabatino Injury Law Firm, P.C. has stood up for Lancastrians and Central Pennsylvanians for over 15 years. Our practice is dedicated solely to fighting for the rights of those injured on the job or in other accidents, and we will not rest until you receive the all of the benefits and compensation that you are due. Call our attorneys anytime for a free, no-obligation consultation and legal analysis of your claim, and put our experience, knowledge and resources to work for you.

How do I best document the injuries I sustained in a motor vehicle accident or at work while performing my job duties?

Obviously, the most important thing to do if you have suffered a work injury or been hurt in an auto accident is to seek out appropriate medical treatment for your injuries. Whether you are seen in a hospital’s emergency department, by your primary care physician or an urgent- or express-care-type facility, make sure that you take your time in relating your injuries, going from head to toe and describing each and every symptom you have, no matter how minor. Many times, given the forces involved with motor vehicle accidents and work injuries, neck, low back and other spine issues are not apparent right away or get worse over time. Therefore, if you experience any type of symptom following an accident at work or a car crash that was not present prior to the traumatic event, as soon as practicable, get in to see a medical professional. When you see the healthcare provider, make sure not only to detail what symptoms you are experiencing, but also specifically describe the traumatic event—i.e., accident, trauma, lifting/bending incident, repetitive use of body part, etc.—that spawned your symptoms and need for medical treatment. By doing so, you will make it much harder for the insurance company to reasonably claim that the accident/incident is not responsible for the issues you are experiencing. Georgelis, Larsen & Sabatino Injury Law Firm, P.C. has been guiding accident and injury victims through their medical treatment and the various stages of these claims for over 15 years, having helped thousands of Lancaster and Central Pennsylvania residents get maximum compensation for their lost earnings, medical bills and pain and suffering. Our lawyers are always available to discuss your claim with you, explain your options and answer all of your questions, and there is never a charge for our time.


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