How to File a Workers' Compensation Claim
Helpful Advice from an Experienced Attorney in Philadelphia
After you've been injured at work, the last thing you probably want to think about is filling out paperwork and meeting deadlines. But it's a critical part of the process of filing a Workers' Compensation claim. If you miss any one of the many steps or time limitations in this process, you may lose the ability to obtain compensation for your injuries.
The Law Offices of Richard A. Jaffe, LLC is dedicated to helping injured workers throughout the entire claims process. We aggressively fight for workers injured in Philadelphia and throughout eastern Pennsylvania.
Your recovery from a work accident can be difficult. Getting benefits shouldn't have to be. That's where we can help. Let us handle the paperwork and all the details. Contact us today to learn more: call 866-800-3332 for a free case evaluation.
How Do I File a Claim?
In general, the Workers' Compensation applications process is as follows:
- Within 21 days of getting hurt, you must notify your employer of your injury. You can do so in writing or in person. Failure to properly notify your employer within 21 may jeopardize your right to receive Workers' Compensation and medical treatment.
- The insurance company must then accept or deny your application within 21 days of your notification.
- If your claim is denied, you have three years from the date of your injury to file a claim petition with the Bureau of Workers' Compensation.
If you do not file the Claim Petition within 3 years of your injury, you will be barred from receiving any wage loss or medical treatment even if you were legitimately injured at work.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Many injured Pennsylvanians wonder if they really need a lawyer to apply for benefits. You may think your case is clear cut. After all, you're entitled to receive Workers' Compensation benefits after being injured at work.
Unfortunately, the claims process can become complicated very quickly. Attorney Richard A. Jaffe used to represent insurance companies and knows these companies will use any number of tactics to keep payments out of injured workers' pockets. They often start by scrutinizing paperwork to find mistakes or missed deadlines.
The Law Offices of Richard A. Jaffe, LLC can help you better understand how to correctly fill out any forms and file the proper paperwork. Attorney Jaffe can represent you in any settlement conferences or determine the best way to appeal a denied claim. For a free consultation, call 866-800-3332 today.