Resources

For over 30 years, Nikolaus & Hohenadel has been fighting for the rights of injured workers and disabled individuals. Our workers’ compensation lawyers and disability benefits attorneys are highly regarded for providing our clients with powerful representation when they need it most. We believe that an informed client is the best client, which is why we have compiled this list of important resources for individuals who are seeking workers’ compensation or Social Security disability benefits.

Workers Compensation 

The Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers Compensation

In Pennsylvania, as in most other states, all employers are required to provide workers’ compensation to full-time and part-time workers. If you have been injured during the course of your job, this coverage provides wage-loss and medical benefits while you are out of work. 

Contact information:

Bureau of Workers Compensation

1171 S. Cameron Street, Room 324

Harrisburg, PA 17104-2501

Phone: 717-783-5421

E-mail:

ra-li-bwc-helpline@pa.gov

Claims information helpline:

1-800-482-2383

Website

https://www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses/Compensation/WC/Pages/default.aspx

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation:

The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, or OVR, provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment, including:

  • Diagnostic Services
  • Vocational Evaluation
  • Counseling
  • Training
  • Restoration Services
  • Placement Assistance
  • Assistive Technology

Contact information

Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

1521 North Sixth Street

Harrisburg, PA 17102

Website

https://www.dli.pa.gov/Individuals/Disability-Services/ovr/Pages/default.aspx

Physicians List:

The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act allows employers to establish a list of designated health care providers from whom injured workers must seek treatment for their work injury or illness. For more information about the applicable guidelines, visit the website:

https://www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses/Compensation/WC/HCSR/Pages/Physicians-List-Defined.aspx

Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Act

The state’s workers’ compensation law defines the rights and obligations of employees alike. Workers receive medical treatment and are compensated for lost wages due to work-related injuries and disease, while employers are protected from civil lawsuits by employees. More information and the text of the law are available online:

https://www.dli.pa.gov/Individuals/Workers-Compensation/publications/Pages/WC%20Act/WC-Act-Landing-Page.aspx

Social Security Disability Benefits

The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers two main programs to individuals who cannot work due to a disabling medical condition: Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. To learn more about these programs, visit their website: www.ssa.gov

The Pennsylvania Medical Assistance Program 

Medical Assistance (MA) or Medicaid, pays for health care services for eligible individuals. To determine if you qualify or to apply online, go to this website:

https://www.dhs.pa.gov/Services/Assistance/Pages/Medical-Assistance.aspx

The Social Security “Listings”

The SSA maintains a list of medical conditions that qualify for disability benefits. This list does not contain all disabling conditions, however, and you still may be eligible even if your condition is not listed. These rules are known as “the Listings” and can be found online at: 

https://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/AdultListings.htm

The Social Security “Grids”

The SSA also provides rules for disability examiners to follow to determine whether an applicant is “disabled” or “not disabled,” based on an individual’s age, education level, work experience and physical capacity. These rules are referred to as “the Grids” and are available online at:

https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/cfr20/404/404-app-p02.htm

Contact Nikolaus & Hohenadel Today

If you are seeking worker’s compensation or disability benefits, the best way to protect your rights is to work with the right attorneys. When you become our client, you will have peace of mind knowing that our legal team is in your corner. We offer free consultations and you will not pay any attorneys’ fees to us until we obtain the compensation and benefits you deserve. Please contact our office today to learn how we can help.