Pittsburgh PA Workers Compensation Lawyer
PA & OH Workers Comp Attorney
Many accidents happen while at work. In Pennsylvania and Ohio alone, thousands are hurt every year while they are at work. Every business in OH and PA is required to carry Worker’s Compensation insurance in case of an accident. Workers Compensation is designed to recover an employee’s economic loss during their period of recovery.
The term “workers’ compensation” refers to a system of laws outlining specific benefits to which injured employees are entitled, and the procedures for obtaining such benefits. Every state has its own workers’ compensation laws, which are contained in statutes, and vary somewhat from state to state. In addition, there are special, federal workers’ compensation laws for employees of the federal government and other, specific types of industries.
Under the law in Pennsylvania and Ohio, every business must have some form of workers’ compensation insurance to cover injured employees. Filing a workers’ compensation claim is similar to filing an insurance claim; it isn’t a lawsuit against an employer, but rather a request for benefits. If you have been injured at work, attorneys experienced in workmans comp law can explain the complexities of workers’ compensation and help you secure the maximum benefits to which you are entitled.
Dallas and his associates have handled thousands of cases throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio and have experience with the Workers Compensation Laws and Personal Injury Laws in both states.
Have you been denied Workers Compensation benefits?
If you have been told that your injuries are not severe enough or a doctor has refused to approve your workers compensation, where are you going to turn? If you know that you are too hurt to return to work, but you have been denied workers compensation, call Dallas today in Pittsburgh at (412) 262-2888 or toll-free (800) 777-4081 or email us for a free case evaluation. Our Pennsylvania and Ohio workers compensation attorneys have helped many injured workers receive workers compensation benefits and settlements after they were initially denied.
Our Pennsylvania Workman Compensation Attorneys and Ohio Workers Comp Lawyers can help you get the benefits you are entitled under Pennsylvania and Ohio worker’s compensation law, help you understand the workers comp process in either PA or OH, review prior action taken by the workers compensation insurance company and the insurance company doctors, gather evidence including reports and medical records, and represent you at your workers compensation hearings.
At our law office we have seen almost every type of work related injury from broken bones to carpal tunnel syndrome in varying industries, from construction to industrial to heath care workers comp. No matter the type of injury, we will try our best to help you receive the maximum benefits allowed by law. You do not have to have been involved in a work accident to file a valid workers compensation claim. Problems such as back problems, cartilage damage, hearing loss, carpal tunnel syndrome, and traumatic arthritis arising from the repetitive activities of many occupations can be debilitating.
Frequently Asked Questions about Workers Comp in Pennsylvania
When you have a developed a work-related illness or condition, or when you have suffered an on-the-job injury, you will likely have many questions concerning the next steps you need to take. At the Pennsylvania Dallas W. Hartman, P.C., our lawyers can help provide you with the answers. The following are some workers’ compensation FAQs. It is important to remember that everyone’s situation is unique and there is nothing that can serve as a substitute for personalized legal advice.
Do I qualify for workers’ comp?
In Pennsylvania, as a general rule, workers’ compensation covers all injuries and illnesses caused by a work related accident or condition. Aggravations of pre-existing work related injuries or illnesses are also covered by workers’ compensation. There are a few exceptions. Often, employers and insurance companies will deny workers’ compensation benefits by claiming that you did not sustain a work related injury or illness. Just because your claim has been denied, however, does not mean it’s not valid. Our attorneys can review your situation and let you know what options you have moving forward.
What if I can’t return to my job?
In Pennsylvania, if you are not able to return to work as a result of a work related injury or illness you may be entitled to wage loss benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act. Wage loss benefits are equal to approximately 2/3 of your average weekly wage, subject to a minimum and maximum compensation rate. The minimum compensation rate is equal to the lower of the 90% of the workers’ average weekly wage or 50% of the statewide average weekly wage. The maximum weekly wage compensation rate for the year 2015 is $951.06. We can review your case to ensure you get the compensation you are entitled to.
How much compensation am I eligible for?
Because everyone’s situation is unique, it is impossible to say exactly how much compensation you are in position to recover. A wide range of factors need to be taken into account, including the severity and type of injury, and whether you are considered partially or permanently disabled. We understand how to strengthen your claim and position you for the best possible results under workers’ compensation laws. We can even work to achieve lump sum settlements instead of weekly or monthly allotments.
Can I sue my employer?
In Pennsylvania, the general rule is no. The Workers’ Compensation Act provides the sole and exclusive remedy for work related injuries and illnesses. While there are a very few limited exceptions to this rule, these exceptions seldom apply. It is important to know, however, that an injured workers can sue someone other than his or her employer (a third party) for his or her work injuries. For example, a worker injured in a motor vehicle accident while in the course of his or her employment may sue the driver of another vehicle who caused the accident. Likewise, a worker injured by a defective machine at work may sue the manufacturer of the machine. If you believe a party other than your employer (or co-employee) caused or contributed to the work injury or illness, our attorneys will review your case to see if you have a potential third party claim.
What do I need to do to start the workers’ comp claims process?
The answer is simple. In Pennsylvania, prompt reporting of a work related injury or illness is key. Report any injury or illness to your employer or supervisor immediately, even if you think it is minor or will resolve without medical treatment. You have 120 days under the Workers’ Compensation Act to notify your employer or supervisor that you suffered a work related injury or illness. After reporting your work related injury or illness to your employer, seek qualified legal advice from our attorneys.
Are your Workers Compensation Benefits in danger of coming to an end?
Have you received a letter threatening to lower or eliminate your workers compensation although you are unable to return to work? Are you being forced to take another position with limited duties, even though you do not feel comfortable in that position? If this applies to you or a loved one, it is important that you contact an experienced workers compensation lawyer today. An experienced attorney, like Dallas Hartman, may help you extend your workers compensation benefits or receive a lump sum if you have been receiving workers compensation benefits for a long enough period of time.
Pittsburgh Workers Compensation Lawyer – Free Consultations!
If you or a loved one has been hurt at work or at a job-site, you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits in either Pennsylvania or Ohio. Contact Dallas today to schedule a free initial consultation. Call in Pittsburgh at (412) 262-2888 or toll-free 1-800-777-4081 to speak to an attorney immediately to find out whether you have a case. If there is no recovery, there will be no fee.
“Dallas was a true lifesaver for my family. When my husband was seriously injured and not able to work again because of it, I had to start over and go back to work just to feed my kids. Because of his injury my husband became very depressed. Dallas was able to get us a settlement and I was able to stay home and help my husband. Through therapy and pain management I now have my husband back. We cannot thank you enough.”