Dealing with Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers' Compensation
Philadelphia Lawyer Richard A. Jaffe - Here For You When You Need Him Most
If you sustain an injury at work in Pennsylvania, you may be eligible for workers' compensation. And if you want to receive those benefits, you will likely need to deal directly with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers' Compensation at some point.
Dealing with the state Workers' Compensation office can be challenging, especially if you've never applied for benefits before. There are many rules and deadlines that need to be followed in order to successfully apply for workers' compensation benefits. There are also many different, official forms that need to be filled out exactly right.
Fortunately, you don't have to deal with all of these issues on your own. We can help. Attorney Richard A. Jaffe has years of experience working with injury victims and dealing with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Worker's Compensation, particularly in the Philadelphia area. He understands how the system works and knows how to get results.
Common Workers' Compensation Forms
Depending the nature of your injury and where you are in the claim's process, you might need to fill out certain forms required by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers' Compensation. Hundreds of forms can be found on the Workers' Compensation Automation and Integration (WCAIS) part of the state's website. We can help you correctly fill out all of these forms.
Most official forms have a specific code, often referred to as its LIBC number. Many of these forms can be filled out online or through the mail. Some of the most common forms injured workers need to complete in order to receive workers' comp benefits include:
- Remember: It is Important to Tell Your Employer About Your Injury (LIBC-500) - Form submitted notifying employer of injury
- Workers' Compensation Medical Report Form (LIBC-9)
- Third Party Settlement Agreement (LIBC-380)
- Notice of Workers' Compensation Denial (LIBC-496)
- Notice of Temporary Compensation Payable (LIBC-501)
- Employee Report of Wages (LIBC-750)
Rules For Filling Out Forms
The state's Workers' Compensation office has very specific rules when it comes to filling out its official forms. If you fail to follow these rules, you could jeopardize the success of your application for workers' compensation benefits. In most cases, submitted forms must be:
- Filled out in black ink if submitting paper forms
- Printed on white paper
- Signed by applicant. Failure to sign forms voids them
We can help you accurately complete every form and verify all the details before you submit your application. Attorney Jaffe knows how to fill out these forms and can guide you through the application process every step of the way.
Important Deadlines When Applying For Workers' Compensation
If you have been injured at work, there are many deadlines you need to meet in order to successfully apply for workers' compensation benefits in Pennsylvania. Some of the most important deadlines include:
- 48 hours - Deadline for employers to file First Report of Injury with the Bureau of Workers' Compensation for fatal workplace accidents.
- 7 days - Deadline for employers to file First Report of Injury with the Bureau of Workers' Compensation for workplace injuries that result in a disability lasting more than one week.
- 20 days - Deadline for appealing denied claim to Workers' Compensation Appeal Board.
- 21 days - Deadline for injured worker to notify employer of workplace accident or illness. 21-day deadline starts the date of accident.
- 30 days - Deadline for appealing denied Workers' Compensation Appeal Board appeal to the Commonwealth Court.
- 30 days - Deadline for appealing denied Commonwealth Court decision to Pennsylvania Supreme Court for a Petition for Allowance.
- 120 days - Deadline for injured worker to notify employer awareness of workplace injury or illness. 120-day deadline begins when employee first became aware of workplace injury or illness.
- 3 years - Statute of limitations for filing a Claim Petition seeking benefits. 3-year deadline starts from the date of the accident.
Knowing which deadlines apply and exactly how long you have to apply for workers' compensation benefits in Pennsylvania can be very confusing. That's why we strongly urge you to contact our law firm as soon as possible. We can help you manage you claim and make sure you meet every important deadline. Contact our law firm and find out how Richard Jaffe can help you.