If you have been injured at work, you should then notify your employer, who will be legally obligated to report the injury to their insurance provider.
Call our workers’ compensation lawyers who can begin to gather evidence right away to help support your workers injury claim. Our attorneys will provide advice and make sure that all necessary documents are filed correctly, as well as helping to negotiate any settlements or compensation agreements with the insurance companies on your behalf.
It is advisable to seek legal advice before beginning the process of filing a workers compensation claim in order to ensure that your rights and interests are protected throughout the process.
What is considered a work injury?
A work injury is any physical or psychological injury sustained while performing a job-related task. This can include an injury that occurs in the workplace or an illness caused by exposure to hazardous working conditions.
In order for a worker to be eligible for workers compensation benefits, their injury must be directly related to the normal duties of their job and not due to any negligence on their part. Employers are obligated by law to make sure that the workplace is safe and free from any potential hazards.
What is negligence?
Employer negligence is when an employer fails to take reasonable steps to protect the safety and welfare of their employees.
This can include
- failing to provide a safe working environment,
- not properly training or supervising employees,
- not addressing hazardous conditions,
- not providing proper safety equipment.
Employer negligence may be the basis for your workers compensation claim or lawsuit if you were injured on the job.
When should I inform my employer of my injury ?
It is important to report any injury sustained while performing a job-related task to your employer immediately. Your employer may have certain procedures in place that must be followed in order to file a workers compensation claim, and they will also need to make sure that you receive the necessary medical care.
The sooner you inform your employer of the injury, the better chance you have of maximizing your workers compensation claim.
I drive for my employer and was injured – Can I file a workers; compensation claim?
If you are injured while driving an employer-owned vehicle for work-related purposes, then it is considered a work injury and you may be eligible for workers compensation benefits. You should talk with our workers injury lawyers who specialize in workers compensation to determine your eligibility and the best approach to pursuing your claim.
How long do I have to file a claim?
In Philadelphia, the statute of limitations for workers compensation cases is two years from the date that you were injured or became aware of an injury. It is important to note that this can vary depending on the circumstances, so it is best to speak with a lawyer who is well-versed in workers compensation law in order to ensure that you receive accurate legal advice about your case.
Is my job safe if I file a claim?
It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against you for pursuing legal remedies by terminating your employment. Should they attempt it, we can explore legal options on a case-by-case basis.
Can I Apply for Social Security Disability?
It is possible to apply for both Social Security Disability (SSD) and workers compensation benefits at the same time. However, there may be some situations in which it would be more beneficial for you to focus on one benefit rather than trying to pursue both simultaneously. Our law firm can advised you on which benefit would be the most advantageous for your situation.
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