An on-the-job injury can pose significant financial difficulty in the form of lost wages and medical expenses, which is why it is important to know your rights for obtaining workers’ compensation if you are injured. However, filing a work-related injury claim can prove troublesome without the assistance of an experienced attorney. Continue reading to learn the answers to some common questions about workers’ compensation.
- What is a Work-Related Injury?
Any injury that occurs while performing job duties can be considered a work-related injury. According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Labor, the most common nonfatal workplace injuries that resulted in days away from work in 2003 were sprains and strains. However, repetitive stress injuries and traumatic injuries can also occur in the workplace. Although work-related injuries are most common in the trade and transportation industries, it isn’t uncommon for repetitive stress injuries to develop over time in an office environment where employees may be prompted to spend long hours in front of a computer.
- Am I Eligible for Workers’ Compensation?
The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act applies to almost all employees in Pennsylvania, including seasonal and part-time employees. Unfortunately, even a legitimate workers’ compensation claim may still be denied if you lack the legal knowledge or resources top properly file and defend your claim.
- What are Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
Workers’ compensation benefits can provide limited coverage for items including, but not limited to, lost wages, medical care, total or partial disability, death, and certain chronic diseases. The amount of coverage that you receive depends on the type and severity of the injury, and, of course, upon your liability in receiving the injury.
Prompt filing is essential for receiving your workers’ compensation benefits in a timely manner after suffering an on-the-job injury, so consult the experienced lawyers here at Kelly, Parker & Cohen LLP of Harrisburg as soon as possible. We will ensure that you receive the proper guidance and resources to file, appeal, or litigate your workers’ compensation claim. Call (888) 482-1351 or contact us online today to schedule a professional consultation.