Understanding The Basics of Your Workers’ Compensation Case
Getting injured at work can be one of the most devastating situations you face. The incident causing your injury may be deeply frightening, and the medical process may be painful and involved. You may have to miss time at work, and you may worry about your job, bills and medical costs.
If you’re injured at work, compensation in Pennsylvania is available. Workers’ compensation is an insurance policy paid for by your employer, and it’s supposed to offer you benefits if you suffer a work injury or an illness due to your job. However, the process is not always simple.
You may have many questions about your workers’ compensation case and your situation. We have compiled the most common questions we hear at our practice and have put together the information we feel you might need. If your question is not answered here, you can contact us 24/7 for information on legal rights for injured workers. Please call 1-800-875-1015.
What should I do if I’m injured at work?
If you’re injured at work, seek immediate medical care, especially if you’re seriously injured and may need emergency or life-saving treatment. Don’t delay.
As soon as you can, report the injury at your place of work and follow up to make sure your workers’ compensation claim is filed correctly. Contact My Comp Lawyers, and we will manage your case at no charge. We don’t charge fees to get your late checks fixed or your injury description corrected. If your claim is denied, we can help fast, often times guiding you to alternative benefits at no charge while we fight your case. You need money to pay the bills. We get it.
Many clients have already worked with us. In fact, our attorneys have secured more than $50 million in settlements for our clients.
If I’m injured and unable to work, how much will I get from workers’ compensation?
Generally, you should receive two-thirds of your previous wage. This should include overtime and other factors influencing your work. Your wage should be carefully calculated using your wage information over the past year. If you think you are getting less than you deserve in benefits, contact My Comp Lawyers for the best work injury lawyers — we can review the numbers to make sure you get every penny and there is no charge for our review. Be careful, as many lawyers will want to take part of your weekly check if they do anything.
I’m an employee and injured at work, but my employer claims I’m not covered. Could this be true?
Most workers in Pennsylvania are covered, including part-time and full-time workers. Sometimes, employers misclassify workers as contractors or self-employed workers to avoid paying premiums. If you think this has happened to you or if your employer is trying to claim you weren’t injured at work, help is available. Contact My Comp Lawyers for an in-depth analysis of your situation.
What are my legal options for work-related injuries?
You may be able to claim workers’ compensation benefits, seek FMLA leave (under the Family Medical Leave Act) or take other actions. To explore all avenues, get legal help for injuries at work by contacting My Comp Lawyers for free advice and guidance.
My back was injured on the job, and I think it was my employer’s fault — does that affect my claim?
Workers’ compensation is supposed to offer help for injured PA workers, regardless of who caused an injury or illness.
What types of work injuries happen in Pennsylvania?
In Pennsylvania, the most common work-related injuries are work-related musculoskeletal injuries — especially strains and sprains. Surprisingly, this is true across all industries. In 2015,31.6% of all reported injuries among agricultural workers were strains and sprains. In the public administration field, 4,491 injuries, or 38.5% of injuries in 2015, were related to strains and sprains.
While strains and sprains are the most common injury among all sectors, the way injuries were sustained varied. In 2015, overexertion caused 30.1% of injuries in manufacturing fields while 818 injuries, or 22.5% of injuries in the financial sector, were caused by falls.
The different types of work-related injuries in Pennsylvania include a variety of injuries:
- Strain and sprain injuries (accounting for 38.4% of injuries in Pennsylvania in 2015)
- Other injuries (accounting for 16.2% of injuries in Pennsylvania in 2015)
- Bruising, contusions and crushing injuries (accounting for 18.1% of injuries in Pennsylvania in 2015)
- Lacerations, cuts, and punctures (accounting for 16.1% of injuries in Pennsylvania in 2015)
- Fractures (accounting for 4% of injuries in Pennsylvania in 2015)
- Multiple injury types (accounting for 2.9% of injuries in Pennsylvania in 2015)
- Work-related illness (accounting for 2% of injuries in Pennsylvania in 2015)
- Burns caused by exposure to chemicals or heat (accounting for 1.9% of injuries in Pennsylvania in 2015)
- Loss of use, amputation and enucleation injuries (accounting for 0.3% of injuries in Pennsylvania in 2015)
Work-related injuries statistics show that upper extremities are the most likely to be affected by workplace injuries in Pennsylvania. 37.4% of all work injuries reported in Pennsylvania in 2015 affected the upper extremities. Injuries to the trunk and abdomen accounted for 18.3% of injuries, while injuries to the lower extremities represented 21.6% of all injuries.
Injuries can also be classified by method of injury. In 2015, 12.2% of all reported injuries in Pennsylvania were fall injuries occurring on one level, while 2.6% of injuries involved a fall from a height. A reported 0.1% of injuries were related to electricity, while the vast majority — 25.9% — were overexertion injuries.
If you have been injured at work, any serious injury can be devastating and can affect your ability to work. If you would like to know more, or if you need help because your workers’ compensation benefits have been denied or delayed, contact My Comp Lawyers for a free consultation. My Comp Lawyers has secured more than $50 million in settlements on behalf of clients and serves clients across Pennsylvania. If you have been injured and have questions, contact us right away.
Where can I turn for legal help for work-related injuries?
If you were hurt on the job, help is available. My Comp Lawyers handles claims stemming from all types of workplace accidents. If you’ve been hurt on the job in PA, contact My Comp Lawyers for free case management and a thorough, honest evaluation of your situation. Our caring and personalized approach make a big difference for clients hurt on the job in Pennsylvania.
Injured-on-the-job claims can be more complex than many think. If you’re worried about your bills or have a suspicion you’re not being treated fairly by the system, reach out to us at My Comp Lawyers. We genuinely care about our clients and want to see you get the benefits you deserve.