Are you dealing with a slip-and-fall injury you received while at your place of work? Do you have concerns about what you might, or might not receive in compensation and whether it will be enough to cover lost wages or medical bills? Is your settlement offer from the insurance company surprisingly low? Has your workers’ comp claim been denied?
Whether you have these questions or other questions or concerns, the bottom line becomes quite simple: Insurance companies and employers cannot be trusted when it comes to workers’ compensation claims.
One of the most common tactics used is to accept that an injury occurred, and even begin making payments, but not recognize the full extent of the work-related injury. Consider this… You slip and fall on the job and herniate a cervical (neck) or lumbar (low back) disk in your spine. The employer and its workers compensation carrier pay your initial medical expenses and even begin paying you wage loss benefits, since you are unable to work. However, unknown to you, the insurance company has only accepted your work injury as a neck or low back “strain/sprain,” and not a full disk herniation.
If, ultimately, your orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon recommends spine surgery, the carrier would be within its rights to deny payment for this procedure. Why? Because surgery is not medical treatment that is reasonable, necessary and directly related to a “sprain/strain” injury. You need a top- notch workers comp firm in Lancaster, PA to identify this issue early and make sure it is taken care of well before it creates problems for you.
Another example is incorrectly calculating a claimant’s average weekly wage. Typically, an injured worker will receive two-thirds of his or her “average weekly wage” as compensation for being disabled from performing their job. You need the best legal help possible to make sure—and make sure early—that your employer and its insurance carrier have utilized all of your relevant earnings and accurately handled the calculations for the indemnity benefits you are rightfully due on an ongoing basis. Even a $20.00 error can add up to big money over time.
These are just a couple of examples why employers and workers comp carriers love when claimants forgo legal counsel. This is where Georgelis Injury Law Firm makes its grand entrance! Our workers’ comp lawyers know how to aggressively build your work injury claim from the beginning, so that, when the insurance company starts to mess with your benefits—and they will—you are defending your claim from a position of strength. A couple of signs that the company and its insurance company are getting ready to make a move include: scheduling an “independent” medical examination for you; assigning a nurse case manager or medical case manager to your claim who wants to attend medical appointments with you or, without you knowing, is talking with your treating medical providers; asking you to sign a Notice of Modification or Suspension; filing a Suspension, Termination or Modification Petition against you; or putting pressure on your doctor to release you back to work or loosen your work restrictions before you are ready.
There is good news, though! Attorney Tony Georgelis built Georgelis Injury Law, from the foundation to the top, with lawyers, paralegals and support staff who not only care deeply about our clients but will go toe-to-toe with big insurance to make sure that those hurt on the job in Lancaster County have access to all of the covered healthcare they need, receive every dime of wage loss benefits they are entitled to and, if it is in your best interest, get you a lump sum payment to settle your claim and allow you to move on with your life.
To Them, You are a Fly that Needs to Be Flicked
Your plight with your slip-and-fall injuries is of no consequence to those who place profits over people. In the eyes of big insurance, you are viewed as an irritant that just needs to go away. By toying with your benefits, trying to “bully” you and, in some cases, offering you a low-ball settlement, they hope you will accept it so they can close the claim and have no more financial exposure to you.
This type of mindset doesn’t sit well with the workers’ comp lawyers at Georgelis Injury Law Firm! We have the knowledge, experience, skills and resources to make sure that Lancaster’s hard-working employees receive all of the workers’ comp benefits they deserve. Partnering with our slip-and-fall-at-work lawyers who fight take on companies and their insurance carriers every day will give you the peace-of-mind to know that you and your family are protected!
Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late
Due to time restrictions with slip-and-fall-at-work claims, you will want to know following:
Report the Injury Immediately – Not reporting your injury within a certain period of time means your claim could be delayed or denied which would impact wage loss or paying medical bills. Your report should be in writing and include specifics concerning which areas of the body were involved, even minor injuries – not doing so will leave you exposed to a denial from workers’ comp.
Once you document every detail, request copies of any report your employer asks you to complete. Add an extra measure of protection and take a phone photo of each completed page of the report.
Request the Panel List – A panel list will include workers’ compensation medical providers – from primary-care physicians to neurosurgical specialists to physical therapists. If you choose to visit a doctor who is not on the list, however, your company is not obligated to pay for treatments unless certain circumstances are present.
It’s important to note that an employer or insurance company can’t, necessarily, force one to be treated with a specific provider on the panel list – case in point: if a traumatic brain injury resulted from the slip-and-fall accident and no neurosurgeon or neurologist appeared on the panel list, the employee may seek treatment from a neurosurgeon or neurologist of their choice as long as the treatment is reasonable, necessary and directly related to the work injury.
You should seek out treatment for your slip-and-fall injury at work as soon as possible, though, as the longer you wait, the more ammunition it provides the company to deny your claim. Our law office will be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding this – give us a call!
Seek Prompt Medical Treatment – The longer the time period between your slip-and-fall injury and the initial treatment, the more difficult it will be to have your injury deemed ‘work-related’. Documenting your injuries and symptoms is critical to support your right to ongoing benefits through the workers’ compensation system.
Our legal team will develop a comprehensive plan to recover your benefits and compensation from every viable source – the workers’ compensation system, liability insurance, and/or third-party lawsuit against negligent parties. At Georgelis Injury Law Firm, we will turn anything that may be wrong into what needs to be right!
Hard to Believe, But True!
The following information is not commonly known by most workers’ comp claimants. It is disturbing, but knowing what lurks in the shadows is to one’s benefit. Having a dedicated and aggressive workers’ comp lawyer on your side is vitally important because:
At Georgelis Injury Law Firm, we will not permit our Lancaster, PA clients to become exploited and victimized! We will assess your claim, investigate where your situation stands with the employer and insurance company, and inform you of all your options.
Georgelis Injury Law Firm – Voted #1!
Georgelis Injury Law Firm has recovered more than $60,000,000 for Lancaster County’s injured workers and accident victims. Also, our trial lawyers are credited with winning more than 99% of their cases! Perhaps, this has something to do with Georgelis Law having been voted the #1 law firm in Lancaster County, PA – as part of Lancaster County Magazine‘s Best-of-Lancaster Survey – for 8 years running!
Our caliber of ethics and compassion has garnered well over one hundred 5-Star Google reviews from previous and current clients. That type of client satisfaction is due, in large part, to Attorney Tony Georgelis – founder and managing partner of Georgelis Injury Law Firm.
Mr. Georgelis has been recognized as a top trial attorney by a number of prestigious national legal societies, including 1) the Million Dollar Advocates Forum 2) the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 3) the National Association of Distinguished Counsel Top 1%, and 4) Distinguished Justice Advocates and Super Lawyer.
Georgelis Injury Law Firm has handled more than 100 jury trials and thousands of workers compensation hearings and other judicial proceedings. Part of being #1 is having a law office that remains available – 24/7 – for its Lancaster, PA clients to answer questions, update the progress of each case, and address any concerns. Our workers’ compensation lawyers are available evenings and weekends to visit with you at your home, office, the hospital, or rehab center.
You Can Rest Easy in Our Hands!
Do not fall prey to your employer or its insurance company who may come across like wolves in sheep’s clothing. Employers and insurance companies know very well that the average Lancaster worker is not thoroughly schooled in the nuances and subtleties of Pennsylvania’s workers compensation laws and regulations. It is so important to have someone who is looking out for you, and only you.
Even if you are receiving income-loss benefits and your medical bills are being paid, it doesn’t necessarily mean your claim was, or is, being handled appropriately! Don’t assume the description of your work injury on file with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is not only accurate, but complete; don’t assume that the company and its insurance carrier are paying you the correct amount in wage loss or indemnity benefits; don’t assume that, by sending you for an “independent” medical evaluation or have a medical case manager assigned to your claim, big insurance is acting in your best interest; and, don’t assume that you have been offered a fair amount to settle your workers comp claim for a lump sum payment.
Insurance companies will use nurse case managers, surveillance tactics, investigators, and IMEs to reduce or stop your workers’ compensation benefits that are rightfully yours. When so many people are working against you, you need a powerhouse legal team who will work for you!
Having powerful lawyers on your side, however, doesn’t mean you need to be concerned about legal fees. You will never receive a bill for the time we dedicate to all the details of your case. Only if we succeed in getting you compensated through litigation, protecting your benefits by defending you in court or getting you a lump sum to settle your claim, do we receive a fee. For our Lancaster, PA clients that means no out-of-pockets expenses and no worries!
At times, Lancaster County injured workers receive compensation but wait to contact a lawyer until they are faced with a Modification, Suspension, or Termination Petition filed by their employer and insurance company. When our workers’ compensation lawyers handle claimants’ cases as soon as an injury occurs, we make sure all parties are playing by the rules from the behinning!
Our law firm will make sure your injury has been described properly with the bureau of Workers’ Compensation. When the employer and carrier make their moves, our lawyers will be fully ready to protect your claim from a position of strength!
Contact Our Legal Team, Without Delay!
Lost time can result in lost compensation – contact our law office, today! Our Lancaster, PA neighbors can connect with our legal team, in various ways:
During the COVID-19 crisis, we continue to serve the legal needs of those in Lancaster, PA and beyond with the utmost safety and efficiency. Our enhanced protective measures ensure the well-being of our clients and our team-members. COVID-19 may be relentless, but so are we! Your workers’ compensation needs will be fully met, in spite of these challenging times!
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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!
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