Types of Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Benefits
Attorney Richard A. Jaffe Can Help You Move Forward After An Accident
No worker expects to be injured while on the job, but workplace accidents happen every day. Fortunately, most workers injured are entitled to Workers' Compensation benefits - but getting those benefits can be unexpectedly difficult.
At the Law Offices of Richard A. Jaffe, LLC, we understand many employers may not inform you of the benefits you're entitled to receive under state law if you're injured at work. That's why we're here. Learn about the following types of benefits below:
Workers' Compensation benefits are based on many different factors. The type of injury you suffered, doctor's evaluation, expected recovery period and required treatment can dramatically affect your ability to obtain benefits. If you're unable to return to work or are temporarily or permanently disabled, you need an experienced legal team on your side, aggressively fighting for the benefits you deserve. Contact us today at 866-800-3332.
Many employers do not tell you that if the company has not followed the law relating to treating with the "company doctor," you are free to go to your own medical doctor or family physician to get the medical care and treatment that you need. In order to control your medical treatment, your employer must have a list of doctors posted at work and also have you sign the Required Notice of Employee Rights and Duties at or about the time you provide notice of your injury.
However, if your employer does not post a list of doctors at your work site, you are actually allowed to be treated by whomever you choose. In addition, your employer is required to have you sign a form acknowledging that you were made aware of the list of doctors.
Workers compensation includes benefits for hospital and doctors' visits. They also include collateral benefits that are medically related to work injuries:
- Prescription medicine
- Orthotics, including fittings
- In-home or visiting nurses
- Injury-related modifications to your home or vehicle
- Rehabilitation therapy and counseling
To obtain wage loss benefits, you must immediately notify your employer that you got hurt. Once you have notified your employer, you can apply for Workers' Compensation benefits.
After you have been injured at work:
- You can include a second job as income that must also be included when calculating benefits.
- Injured workers' wage loss benefits are regularly miscalculated, whether because of an incomplete or inaccurate reporting by employers or because the claims adjuster made the wrong calculation.
- Even after you return to work on light duty or reduced hours, you may still be entitled to partial disability benefits.
- You may be entitled to back pay for not receiving benefits you should have.
If you are represented by our firm, attorney Richard Jaffe will raise these issues on your behalf. He will seek to obtain the most amount of money possible for you under the law. His goal is to help make sure you are getting proper compensation. He will fight for your rights to control decisions about your health and returning to work.