Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA
The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act provides protection for an employee when injured on-the-job.
If you have been injured on the job, Pennsylvania law may allow you to obtain financial compensation for your medical bills and lost time from work.
Although workers’ compensation exists to assist employees after a work-related injury, filing and being approved for benefits can be challenging.
Initially, the injured worker is often directed by a claims adjuster who works for the insurance company. Some adjusters will attempt to control medical treatment and may not provide the injured worker with information concerning their rights.
Legal representation at an early stage is important to ensure that all benefits are realized and medical treatment is not manipulated.
Employers are aided by claims adjusters and defense attorneys.
Likewise, the injured worker needs real legal advice and representation to protect his or her rights.
Pittsburgh attorney for job injuries:
Sean A. Casey, Esq. is an experienced Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney who fully understands the law regarding workers’ rights. He can provide you with skilled legal advocacy during this difficult time.
What Will Workers’ Comp Pay For?
Workers’ compensation is designed to cover many of the costs related to an on-the-job accident. You do not need to prove that your employer was negligent in order to be approved for workers’ compensation.
Worker’s comp benefits may cover the following:
- Lost wages as a result of missing work due to injury or illness
- Medical costs, including hospitalization, surgical procedures, doctors’ visits, medication and physical therapy
- Reimbursements for qualifying medical expenses
- Compensation for temporary or permanent disability
- Benefits for scarring, loss of use, and other permanent damage
Knowing when and how to recover all of these benefits can be a difficult process.
Attorney Casey can help you obtain the maximum benefits possible from the start of your case.
Causes of Work-Related Injuries
There are numerous causes of work-related injuries, including but not limited to:
- Slip and falls on slick or damaged floors
- Hazardous materials that cause acute or chronic illness
- Heavy machinery accidents and injuries
- Injuries caused by toppling objects
- Repetitive motion injuries, such as back injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome
- On-the-job vehicle accidents
An accident at work can occur at any time and without warning. Workers’ compensation is designed to cover the medical expenses and lost wages related to these accidents.
Workers’ compensation may also cover chronic conditions, like repetitive motion injuries or illnesses associated with inhaling or handling hazardous chemicals, if it can be proven that the condition is directly related to the job.
For example, asbestos exposure is a known job hazard; while asbestos use was discontinued in the 1970s, factory workers and other employees may continue to be exposed.
But many workers’ compensation cases can become complicated, requiring multiple experts and a firm willing to retain them. Attorney Casey’s office has retained industrial hygienists and occupational medicine physicians in pursuit of these types of cases.
What Jobs Are the Most Dangerous?
While an accident can happen at any job, there are professions that are known to be more hazardous than others.
Some of the most dangerous jobs include:
- Aircraft engineering and piloting
- Refuse collection
- Construction work
- Steel mill work
- Truck driving
If you’ve been injured at work, whether you work in a profession that is known to be dangerous or not, it is important to contact a seasoned Pittsburgh workers’ compensation attorney to protect your rights under the law.
Returning to Work After an Accident
Ultimately, there are times when returning to work becomes an issue, especially when the return requires some accommodation.
Many employers will pressure an employee to return to work; often, the employee will feel as though they have no other choice.
“It is absolutely critical that you do not return to work until you’ve been cleared by your workers’ compensation physician. Doing so could compromise your benefits.”
Additionally, employers are often reluctant to accommodate employees who have been injured on the job and are returning to work.
Depending on the injury, employees may only be allowed to engage in light duty, or certain activities may be restricted.
For example, if an office worker is receiving compensation for carpal tunnel syndrome, he or she may not be able to type for extended periods of time when returning to work.
It is equally as important that you do not engage in restricted activities, even if your employer pressures you to do so. Doing so could compromise your benefits.
Sean A. Casey, Esq. has handled numerous cases where employers are reluctant or unwilling to provide an employee with adequate accommodation as required by a workers’ compensation doctor.
He can provide you with the expert, aggressive legal representation you need when an employer is uncooperative after an on-the-job accident.
Workers’ Compensation Denial
In some cases, a workers’ compensation claim will be denied.
Reasons for denial can include:
- Failure to file an initial accident report, or filing an initial accident report too long after the accident
- Mistakes on the initial accident report
- Testing positive for drug or alcohol use at the initial medical visit
- The doctor’s exam does not match up with the information on the accident report
- Returning to work before you have been medically cleared to do so
Being denied workers’ compensation when you are injured can be a frustrating experience, but you do have options if your initial claim is denied.
Workers’ Compensation Appeals
If you were denied workers’ compensation benefits, you may have the option to appeal.
“However, the process of appealing can be challenging and time consuming at best.”
It is important to have the expertise and resources of an experienced Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyer on your side who understands the appeals process and can pursue an alternative resolution if your benefits were denied.
Contact Attorney Sean A. Casey Today For a Consultation
If you’ve been injured at work in Pennsylvania, it is critical that you reach out for legal help as quickly as possible.
Whether you need assistance filling out the accident form, obtaining adequate medical care under workers’ comp, or dealing with a reluctant employer, Attorney Casey can help.
We are one of the few law firms in the Pittsburgh area that practices workers’ compensation and employment law, and we will pursue all legal rights for an injured worker who is ready to get back to work.
Too many employers want to avoid bringing back an employee with an impairment, but there are a number of tools available for us to force the issue of accommodation.
If you or someone you know is injured on the job, have them call my office immediately for a free legal consultation.
Once a representation agreement is in place, I can help them provide proper notice, select the best panel physician, and review their Bureau documents to make sure that the injury and benefits are accurate.
Waiting until the case is in litigation can lead to mistakes that cannot be corrected later, greatly affecting the outcome of the case.
Maximizing the settlement of a workers’ compensation case requires that both the legal and medical portions of the case be handled properly, and the earlier that occurs the better the result.
Call today to schedule an appointment to discuss your legal needs at (412) 201-9090 or toll-free at (888) 658-0041. Attorney Casey is available now to assist you.
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