At Nikolaus & Hohenadel, we believe that all workers in Pennsylvania have a right to a safe work environment. Workplace accidents are far too common, however, resulting in thousands of injuries each year. If you have sustained a work-related injury or illness, you have a right to workers’ compensation benefits. Given the complexities involved in obtaining these vital benefits, having the guidance of our informed workers’ compensation attorneys is essential.
Backed by over 30 years of experience, we have a proven history of protecting the rights of injured workers. When you consult us, we will take the time to understand your concerns, learn about your injury and work history, and help you obtain the workers’ compensation benefits you need and deserve.
Lead attorney Angel Torres leverages his experience to provide workers with trustworthy advice and guidance relative to obtaining resources to aid in their physical, emotional, and financial recovery after a workplace accident.
Well-versed in the applicable workers’ compensation rules, our legal team will provide you with powerful representation when you need it most. We offer free consultations, and you will not pay any attorneys’ fees until we obtain benefits for you. The sooner you contact our office, the sooner we can start working on your workers’ comp claim.
Am I eligible for workers’ compensation benefits?
Generally, most employers in Pennsylvania are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, which is designed to protect workers who have been afflicted with job-related illnesses or injured on the job. It is important to note that the workers’ compensation program is a no-fault system that covers injured workers, but also bars them from filing civil lawsuits against their employers.
To qualify for benefits, you must have suffered an injury or illness in the course and scope of your employment. All too often, however, claims are denied by insurers seeking to protect their profits. Also, some employers contest claims in an effort to rein in their insurance premiums. Angel Torres has the know-how to make sure you are treated fairly.
You should know that your employer cannot retaliate against you for filing a workers’ compensation claim. This means that you cannot be fired, demoted or harassed for applying for workers’ comp benefits. Finally, if you are injured on the job and your employer does not carry workers’ compensation and is not self-insured, he or she may be liable for civil damages and penalties.
What types of workers’ compensation benefits are available in Pennsylvania?
If you have sustained a work-related illness or injury, you may be able to collect the following types of benefits:
- Medical treatment — All your medical expenses, including examinations, surgeries, rehabilitative care, physical therapy, and other treatments, such as prescription medications and assistive devices (e.g. crutches, braces, orthotics), are automatically covered.
- Wage replacement benefits — This benefit provides wage replacement benefits payable while you are out of work.
- Specific loss benefits — These benefits provide compensation for disfigurement and loss of use.
In addition to providing benefits to injured workers, workers’ compensation also provides a death benefit that is intended to compensate surviving family members of a worker who is killed on the job. In any event, the challenges of obtaining workers’ comp benefits make having proper legal representation crucial. With our legal team by your side, you will have peace of mind knowing that your case will be handled by a lawyer with the experience to get the benefits you deserve.
Common Workplace Accidents and Injuries in Pennsylvania
Workers across multiple industries are frequently injured in all types of accidents, including:
- Slip and fall accidents — Workers at construction sites are at a high risk of falls, while those in a variety of work settings (including office buildings), can slip and fall due to slippery surfaces, poorly lit or cluttered walkways, or other hazards.
- Manual labor — Workers who bend and lift or carry and move heavy items — boxes, furniture, tools, construction material — can sustain back, shoulder, and arm injuries, typically referred to as repetitive motion injuries.
- Vehicles/moving equipment — Vehicles, such as forklifts, can strike other workers or roll over and injure the operator, while cranes and other machinery can collapse or trap workers in-between.
- Workplace hazards — Workers in a number of industries are frequently exposed to electrical wiring, chemicals, fires, burns, explosions, and other hazards that cause work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.
At Nikolaus and Hohenadel, we regularly help workers obtain benefits for a variety of on-the-job injuries, particularly those that require surgery and ongoing medical treatment. These include:
- Back injuries
- Burns injuries
- Head injuries
- Hearing/vision loss
- Knee injuries
- Loss of limb
- Muscle and ligament damage
- Occupational illnesses
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
What to Do After a Workplace Injury
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, immediately seek medical treatment and inform your doctor that your injury or illness was job-related. In addition, workers’ compensation rules require you to notify your supervisor in writing of the injury within 120 days of the incident; however, you should notify your employer immediately or as soon as possible after the injury.
During the course of your medical care, it is imperative to keep notes of your doctor’s visits and maintain records of any treatment you receive. The doctor’s records will also serve as valuable evidence in support of your workers’ compensation claim. You will likely be required to undergo an examination by an independent physician as well, the outcome of which could be a determining factor in the outcome of your claim.
Contact Our Lancaster Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Nikolaus & Hohenadel is dedicated to helping injured workers assert their rights. If you or a loved one has sustained a work-related injury or illness, don’t go it alone. With our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys in your corner, you will have peace of mind knowing that your future medical and financial needs will be protected. Please contact our office today for a free evaluation of your case.
We serve clients throughout Central Pennsylvania, including Lancaster, York, Lebanon, and Dauphin Counties and the cities of Lewistown, Harrisburg, Carlisle, and Chambersburg. Se habla Español.