If your work duties involve the use or operation of a motor vehicle and you were injured while driving or riding in a car or truck, your claim is handled differently than a traditional auto accident or workers’ compensation claim. Georgelis Injury Law Firm, P.C. dedicates its practice solely to helping those hurt in accidents and on the job, and thus we have acquired decades of experience handling “hybrid” claims like this. In most instances, Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation system does not allow claimants to recover or be compensated for non-economic losses unless there is third-party liability.
Having helped thousands of injured workers in the Lancaster and surrounding areas, Georgelis Injury Law knows the ins and outs to these claims and can maximize your recovery on both the workers’ compensation side and the third-party bodily injury side. The damages available in a liability claim against a third party can include compensation for pain and suffering and the loss of life’s enjoyment, which are not recoverable in a pure workers comp claim. You need the best lawyers out there who are willing to fight for your rights and protect your benefits.
At Georgelis Injury Law Firm, our experienced, compassionate and driven team of attorneys and paralegals will devote all of our time, skills and resources to making you feel like our only client. We will fight for the money you deserve by getting you fully compensated for your workers’ compensation and motor vehicle accident claims. Our goal is to minimize the “legal trauma” that often accompanies these claims and do everything we can to help you get your life back to the way it was before the accident.
At Georgelis Injury Law Firm, P.C., we have seen countless scenarios involving motor vehicle accidents occurring in the course and scope of employment. Our experience in handling these claims allows us to identify your viable paths to recovery early, and we immediately begin building and presenting your bodily injury claims, because we know that being out of work can be devastating. Some instances that fall within this category include:
The insurance companies involved in your claim may try to deny that your auto accident is work-related. We challenge this common insurance company tactic, which can delay your recovery of lost earnings, medical payments and compensation for pain and suffering. Our attorneys have handled over 100 jury trials and thousands of hearings before Workers’ Compensation and other Judges. Insurance companies know this, and they know that we will fight to make sure our clients get every penny they deserve.
Any time a car, truck or van crash or collision occurs while you are acting on behalf of your employer, the workers’ compensation insurance company is your primary source of benefits. This means that you must first apply under your employer’s policy to receive income loss benefits and coverage for payment of your medical expenses. You may also have access to wrap-around benefits, depending on whether there is wage loss coverage under your own motor vehicle insurance policy. Wrap-around benefits pay you for lost wages under your auto insurance policy that exceed those available to you through the workers’ compensation system.
Additionally, once a third party enters into the liability picture, different types of damages—or different forms of compensation—become available. The best way to preserve, build and maximize the value of these claims is to get a law firm involved which concentrates its practice in these areas and knows all of the nooks and crannies of the systems. It is very important to have a top workers’ comp and auto accident attorney by your side, since the insurance companies are always looking to minimize their financial exposure at your expense. This includes thoroughly investigating your claims and uncovering all sources of potential insurance that are available to you.
By only handling Lancaster County bodily injury claims, Georgelis Injury Law Firm, P.C. has the personnel, resources, determination and grit to go head-to-head with insurance companies. Our firm has recovered over $70,000,000 for victims of accidents and will put the same skills and aggressiveness that resulted in these recoveries to work for you.
At Georgelis Injury Law, we recognize that there is a lot of trepidation and uncertainty following a motor vehicle accident at work, for you and your family. Our first priority will be setting up your workers’ compensation claim and getting your wage loss and medical benefits started. This allows you to have a source of income and coverage for your medical treatment and physical therapy immediately, while we build and pursue your auto accident claim. Coordinating these claims and communicating with the various insurance companies and claims adjusters involved can be a daunting process, so we handle it all for you.
Unlike many injury and accident law firms, we know that building a strong personal injury claim, in addition to a workers compensation claim, starts right away. Seeing doctors and healthcare providers who have your best interest at heart—not the insurance companies’—is paramount, so we take an active role in giving you honest and objective guidance in your care. An injured worker’s medical provider must be willing to state that the injuries are directly related to the accident “within a reasonable degree of medical certainty,” or else the insurance company will not include compensation for these injuries as part of its evaluation of the claim.
Many times, employers and insurance companies will try to dictate the course of treatment for employees hurt in motor vehicle crashes. It is essential for you to treat with medical professionals you feel comfortable with who are willing to go to bat for you in the litigation setting. Our lawyers at Georgelis Injury Law Firm can help with this. We have overseen thousands of claims in the workers’ comp system, and, in doing so, we have observed doctors who go out of their way to support their patients in court, and those who have not. We make sure that you have all of the relevant information you need to make the care and treatment decisions that are best for you and your family.
As a matter of law, a workers’ compensation insurance company is entitled to be reimbursed, in some form, from an auto accident recovery. There are a number of critical factors involved in the resolution and settlement of joint workers’ compensation and auto accident claims. The timing of the settlements, the wording of the documents and the manner in which these resolutions are negotiated can all have a major bearing on how much money ultimately ends up in your pocket. Our top injury and accident lawyers have negotiated millions of dollars in settlements for our clients in this context, and we know how to best coordinate a resolution of your claims with the insurance companies involved. And, while this process typically involves complex factors, calculations and formulas, there are ways to minimize, reduce or altogether eliminate the need to reimburse workers comp from the monetary award you receive for your car or truck accident claim.
In other words, Georgelis Injury Law Firm carefully considers how the fact that you are currently receiving workers’ compensation can impact your civil award for damages, and vice versa, before starting to negotiate a resolution of your motor vehicle accident claim. Making sure that you get the medical treatment and services and financial recovery you need to provide for you and your family into the future is our top priority.
Learn your options and have all of your questions answered regarding your workers’ compensation and auto collision case. CALL GEORGELIS FIRST at 1-800-HURT-NOW or 1-717-394-3004, or contact our firm online to schedule your free consultation and evaluation. Our team can meet you during the day, after regular business hours or on the weekend, and we can visit you at home, in the hospital or rehabilitation center or anywhere else of your choosing. Georgelis Injury Law Firm, P.C. is conveniently located on Embassy Drive, between Route 741 (Rohrerstown Road) and Good Drive, and we offer plenty of free and spacious parking!
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