Were you injured at work? Have you contracted a disease from your workplace environment? Do you suffer from a medical condition caused by your work duties?
If so, the Allentown, PA workers’ compensation lawyers at HGSK will work to help you get the maximum compensation for your lost wages and medical expenses. If you are temporarily disabled, or your injury is so severe that you are permanently disabled, we will help you get the compensation you deserve.
Our Allentown office is one of our nine conveniently-located offices in Eastern Pennsylvania. Call us to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.
Not every worker is covered by workers’ compensation insurance, and not every injury, disease, or medical condition is compensable under workers’ compensation. Ask yourself the following two questions to find out if you are covered under workers’ compensation.
Workplace accidents are common, especially in certain fields such as construction, baggage handling, factory lines, and warehousing. If you were injured in an accident on the job site while performing your regular duties, you are covered under workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania.
Many workers are exposed to toxic substances such as lead dust, mercury, or asbestos at the workplace. These substances cause diseases that are compensable under workers’ compensation insurance.
Workers in any environment can incur repetitive stress injuries due to the nature of their duties. For example, people who must spend a great deal of time typing at the computer often contract carpal tunnel syndrome. If you repeatedly perform the same motion as part of your work duties and you are injured, you are covered under workers’ compensation.
A worker must be classified as an “employee” for the purposes of workers’ compensation in order to receive benefits.
The definition of “employee” under Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation statute is much broader than being a full-time worker receiving a W-2 tax form. Workers’ compensation judges in PA have found the following types of workers to be “employees” eligible for workers’ compensation benefits:
If you are paid in cash or receive a 1099 tax form, but your employer dictates your work hours and controls how and where you do your work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if you are out of work due to a workplace injury. Contact us to find out.
In Pennsylvania, an injured worker must report the injury to their employer or supervisor within 21 days of the injury or of finding out about the injury. An injured worker should not hesitate to obtain whatever medical treatment is required, and should file a workers’ compensation claim following the instructions on the posted form at work.
Don’t take no for an answer! Call us to speak with one of the workers’ comp lawyers in our Allentown Office and we will help you file your claim with the workers’ compensation court. Our workers’ comp lawyers work for you on a contingency basis, meaning we do not get paid unless and until you do. You pay nothing up front for our help, so contact us and let us help you get the benefits you deserve.
You are entitled to two-thirds of lost wages and to all medically necessary procedures, medications, and therapies under workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania.
You can receive workers’ compensation for up to 500 weeks if necessary. Those who reach maximum medical improvement but still cannot return to work after 500 weeks are eligible for permanent partial or total disability benefits under workers’ compensation. Those workers are also likely eligible for social security disability benefits. We can help with that.
You may still be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits if a workplace accident, workplace conditions, or the nature of your duties made your pre-existing condition worse. Our workers’ compensation attorneys may be able to help you get compensated for the exacerbation of your condition.
If you can’t perform your regular work duties, but there are so-called “light duties” available for you to do at work, your employer can require you to do them until you have healed from your workplace injury and can return to regular duties.
If you are having trouble executing even the light duties due to your workplace injury, call us. An experienced workers’ comp lawyer may be able to help you convince a workers’ compensation judge that your injury prevents you from even performing light duties at work.
Yes, you can appeal that determination. Insurance companies only make money for their shareholders when they don’t pay claims, or when they don’t pay claims in full. Unfortunately for claimants, this means that many, many valid claims are denied or underpaid. Contact us, and we will help you get all of the medically-necessary therapy you require to heal fully.
If you’ve been injured at work, we will help you get the medical attention you need and compensation for the work you missed due to your injury. Every workers’ compensation case is unique. Our team of workers’ compensation lawyers work closely with each individual client to ensure they get everything they deserve under Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation law.