If you were injured in a work-related accident, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, regardless of who caused the accident. The workers’ compensation system is designed to help injured workers get back on their feet without proving fault. This sounds straightforward, but employers in Pennsylvania are known to try and limit the amount of disability benefits you can obtain.
At Friday & Cox LLC, our work injury attorneys have more than 75 years of combined experience advocating for injured workers throughout Pennsylvania. We are also highly knowledgeable on the techniques insurance adjusters use to try and limit injured workers’ financial recovery. We will apply our years of experience and legal skills to help you fight back against any wrongfully denied claims or efforts made to limit your financial recovery. Contact our law firm today to schedule a free consultation with a skilled Pittsburgh disability benefits lawyer.
Seeking the Disability Benefits You are Entitled in Pennsylvania
If a work-related accident has affected your ability to perform your job, you are entitled to disability benefits, also known as wage loss benefits. The amount of benefits you can obtain varies greatly depending on your ability to perform some or none of your responsibilities at work.
Employers are responsible to provide injured workers with a list of doctors available to meet with them and evaluate the extent of the injured worker’s disability. If your employer fails to do this, you have a right to pick your own doctor who can provide an accurate diagnosis of your medical condition. The doctor’s medical testimony is used in part to determine the type of disability benefits you qualify for, such as:
- Temporary total disability benefits — If your work-related injuries prevent you from working, you would qualify for temporary total disability benefit. You would also qualify for temporary total disability benefits if you could perform light-duty work but your employer has refused to reasonably accommodate your medical needs. These benefits can last long-term, depending on the extent of your medical condition.
- Permanent partial disability benefits — If you are injured but can perform light-duty work, you would qualify for permanent partial disability benefits. The amount of benefits would be determined based on how much you were paid and are currently receiving. This type of benefit can last up to 500 weeks from the date of your diagnosis or your injury.
Securing disability benefits can be highly complicated. Employers are known to try and limit or deny legitimate workers’ compensation claims. Our work injury attorneys prepare every claim with enough evidence to show the extent of our clients’ injury in a hearing with a workers’ compensation judge. We will advocate to protect your best interests so you can obtain the benefits you are entitled.
Contact a Skilled Erie Workers Compensation Benefits Lawyer
The right workers’ compensation attorney will try to maximize your financial recovery. This is our priority at Friday & Cox LLC. Our legal team will evaluate your claim. If a third party can be held responsible, we will not hesitate to pursue a civil lawsuit against at-fault party. Contact our workers’ compensation attorneys today for help maximizing your financial relief.