Erie Work Injury Lawyers
Injured on the job? All states, including Pennsylvania, require employers to carry workers' compensation insurance. In the event of a workplace injury, workers' comp covers employees' medical expenses and awards benefits for any time off they need to recover (usually in the form of ⅔ of average weekly income). However, employers and insurance companies have been known to manipulate the system to short-change their workers and minimize payouts. Your injury is enough to contend with; don't try to fight a corporation or insurance company, too. Erie Trial Lawyers will act in your best interests, helping to set you up for either a productive return to the workforce or a dignified retirement.
What are the 4 types of disability I can claim?
- Temporary total disability: wherein you can't work at all for a limited time
- Temporary partial disability: wherein you can perform in a reduced or limited role until recovery is achieved.
- Permanent total disability: wherein you don't foresee ever being able to work again. In such cases, you may be eligible for Social Security disability payments.
- Permanent partial disability: wherein you can still work, but not at the same level or capacity as before or within the same function.
When do I need a workers' compensation lawyer?
- When your employer doesn't carry workers' comp insurance.
- When your ability to work has been affected, especially long-term. The insurance company may assign you to an independent medical examiner, who may lowball you on your permanent disability rating, lessening your potential settlement or awards.
- You have a preexisting condition with the injured body part. Insurance companies may use this against you.
Can there be compensation for injuries sustained at work beyond the scope of workers' comp?
Yes — for instance, an automotive accident sustained between client visits or an injury sustained by a defective piece of workplace equipment (for which you might collect product liability damages from the manufacturer.)
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