Workers’ Compensation FAQ
Most workers do not think about workers’ compensation until they need it. Then they learn that it is a complex system with many hurdles to getting necessary benefits. To help you understand a little bit more about workers’ comp, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:
How Do I Get Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
The process begins by reporting your work-related injury to your employer. This is absolutely necessary under Pennsylvania law and must be done as soon as possible. Make certain you state the date and time, and that the injury was suffered at work. Your employer will then file a first report of injury with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
How Much Money And Benefits Do I Get From Workers’ Comp?
You are entitled to two-thirds of your average weekly wage for the time missed due to the injury. You may also be eligible for a lump sum payment if you suffered permanent disability or scarring. Of course, you get medical benefits and other benefits as well.
When Should I Start Getting Workers’ Comp Benefits?
Provided you reported your injury in a timely manner, your employer has 21 days to approve or deny your claim. If your claim is approved, you will receive your first check for lost wages at that time. If your claim is approved, any reasonable and necessary medical expenses will be covered as well. You should seek medical attention promptly and consult your employer if you have questions about the medical provider to see.
What Happens If My Workers’ Comp Claim Is Denied?
Denial of workers’ compensation claims is common. Thankfully, there is an appeals process. This process begins by filing a claim petition with the Bureau of Workers Compensation. It is critical to ensure that all of the facts and evidence are in order for the hearing.
Do I Need A Lawyer To Get Workers’ Comp?
There is no requirement to enlist a lawyer to obtain workers’ compensation. In fact, most people begin the process without one. However, when a claim is rejected or other problems arise, a lawyer can be extremely helpful in advocating for you. A lawyer will know the system, the process and exactly what needs to be done to get results.