Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Guide Victims Through the Complex Claims Process
If a work-related injury is preventing you from working, it is likely in your best interest to file a Workers’ Compensation claim for benefits such as wage loss and medical coverage. Because the claims process is quite complicated and tends to favor employers, it is extremely important to have an experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney on your side advocating for you. At McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC, you receive skilled and compassionate legal advice throughout each stage of the claims process. Our Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers won’t stop until we’ve pursued every legal recourse to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
What Happens During the Workers’ Compensation Claims Process?
The Workers’ Compensation claims process is inherently complicated and laden with specific details and deadlines that must be satisfied for your claim to be successful. We take the time to help you understand and comply with:
- Filing deadlines
- Medical treatment guidelines
- Notice requirements
Providing notice of your accident or injury to your employer is crucial. Under Pennsylvania law, notice must be provided within 21 days from the date that you knew or should have known about your injury to receive full compensation. Your claim may be completely barred if you fail to provide notice within 120 days. Filing deadlines also dictate that your claim must be filed within 3 years of the date of your injury.
Your course of medical treatment is also a key part of the claims process. During the first 90 days after filing a claim, you are required to seek treatment from an approved physician, often referred to as a “panel provider” or “panel physician”. This aspect of the process is skewed in favor of the employer, making it important to have an attorney on your side as early on in the process as possible. Employers often try to use medical evaluations from these favored physicians to persuade and intimidate employees into going back to work before they are able.
Don’t get Trapped Into Making a Recorded Statement Without First Seeking Legal Assistance
One of the pitfalls many injured workers fall into is giving a recorded statement to the insurance adjuster or their employer. Employers often use these statements against employees, looking for anything that may be inconsistent with future statements. Before talking to anyone from the insurance company or making any statements, contact our Philadelphia workplace accident lawyers to discuss your case and learn your options.
Our Philadelphia Workplace Accident Lawyers have More Than Five Decades of Combined Experience Successfully Handling Complex Claims
The Workers’ Compensation claims process can be a daunting challenge, but with the experienced Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC on your side, you don’t have to face the confusing process alone. Contact our firm online or call us at 215-569-8488 or 302-888-1221 to discuss your case. Our Philadelphia office is located downtown across from City Hall and close to many forms of public transportation. We serve clients in Pennsylvania including Chester County, Delaware County and Montgomery County as well as the states of Delaware and New Jersey.