Not all work-related injuries will require an attorney. If you have a straightforward claim that is not being disputed by your employer or the insurance company, and the injury is minor, an attorney might not be necessary.
However, the process of navigating the workers’ compensation system in our state is not an easy one, and that’s why we’re here. Our attorneys at Georgelis Injury Law Firm will help you evaluate your injury and determine if you have a case. If there’s any question at all that you aren’t being compensated fairly, you should contact us for a free evaluation. That said, there are many types of workers’ compensation injuries and situations where an attorney is most definitely recommended.
Your Claim Is Denied
Insurance companies deny workers’ compensation claims all the time, and for a variety of reasons. They may claim the injury happened outside of work or that you filed your claim too late (Pennsylvania has specific rules and regulations when it comes to applying for workers’ compensation benefits. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your injury, you could have 21 days to 120 days to apply for benefits.)
In the event your claim is denied, you can appeal the denial through the workers’ compensation system. That’s where we come in to help.
You Have a Pre-Existing Condition
If you have a pre-existing condition or injury involving the same body part injured at work, the insurance company will likely argue the injury is not the result of your work duties. This is especially true if your injury has developed over time, rather than during a single incident at work. Repetitive stress injuries are covered by workers’ compensation.
Your Permanent Disability Rating Is Challenged
A good portion of all workers’ compensation settlements are for permanent disability benefits and those benefits are calculated based on your permanent disability rating. If the insurance company doesn’t agree with what your doctor has determined, they can require you to attend an independent medical examination or an IME. That’s when you’ll have to see a doctor of their choice. The IME doctor often assigns a much lower disability rating, which means you get much less in benefits. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney is essential in getting you a fair settlement.
You’re Having Trouble Getting the Treatment You Need
If your injury requires treatment, and you feel like your treatment is being pushed back or denied by the insurance company, contact us right away. Insurance companies often delay or deny approving expensive medical treatments or surgeries and that’s where we come in to ensure the insurance company approves the necessary medical treatments in a timely manner.
Your Injury Is Affecting Your Work
If your injury was bad enough that it means you’ll never work again, you’ll need to make sure you maximize your workers’ compensation benefits so that they last throughout your life. If your injury means you can still work, but not in the job you were doing, you may need additional training. Our workers’ compensation attorneys can help you.
You’re Having a Workers’ Compensation Hearing
If the insurance company will not settle or makes an offer you’re not happy with, you’ll have to prove your case in a hearing. You will want an experienced personal injury attorney by your side to ensure you are being fairly compensated.
You’re Receiving Other Government Benefits
If you are receiving any additional government benefits, like Social Security Disability Insurance, you may take a hit to those benefits if you receive workers’ compensation. This is where we can step in and help you minimize how much your SSDI benefits will be reduced.
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We will take as long as you need to explain the process, answer all of your questions and put your mind at ease. And if you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you!
…and let Georgelis handle everything else. Your peace-of-mind is our priority. While we work our hardest to get you every penny you deserve, relax knowing that Georgelis has your back.