Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in Pittsburgh
Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Represent Workers Injured on the Job in Pittsburgh, PA
Since most of us spend most of our days at work, it is very likely that if we are injured, it is going to occur at work. Fortunately, the law has established a no-fault workers’ compensation system. Workers’ compensation is considered “no-fault” because it is not necessary to prove who was at fault for a work-related injury; instead, an employer is obligated to accept financial responsibility when an employee is injured on the job or contracts an illness due to their work. Although an employer is normally expected to accept liability to pay workers’ compensation benefits for a work-related injury or illness, in some cases an employer may deny liability or attempt to terminate an employee’s benefits before they have been exhausted and before the employee has fully recovered from their injury or illness.
If you or a loved one have suffered a work-related illness or injury, contact the dedicated, results-focused Pittsburgh workers’ compensation lawyers at Goodrich & Geist, P.C. to speak with a member of our legal team to discuss your case in greater detail and to learn about your rights and options for seeking workers’ compensation benefits.
What to Do After a Work-Related Accident
If you’ve suffered an accident on the job, there are certain steps you can take to protect your rights to receive workers’ compensation benefits. The first thing you should do after suffering a work-related accident is to inform your employer about your accident. This allows your employer to inform their workers’ compensation insurer of your accident and will allow your employer to begin immediately paying you medical benefits. If you delay providing your employer with notice, you may be delayed in receiving workers’ compensation benefits — waiting too long to report your injury may render you ineligible for benefits.
If possible, you should try to document your accident scene, in particular taking photos of the area and whatever it was that caused your accident.
You should also immediately seek medical treatment following your accident and continue to follow all the instructions of your treating medical providers thereafter. If you fail to seek treatment or if you ignore the instructions of your medical providers, it may cause your employer to claim that you were not injured or that your injury has resolved itself and to attempt to terminate your workers’ compensation benefits. Bear in mind that your employer may have a list of health care providers, from which you are required to select a provider for your initial treatment — you must continue treatment with that provider or another on the list for at least 90 days after your first visit, although your employer may not require you to visit a specific provider on its list.
Finally, and especially in situations where your employer has denied liability for your work-related accident or seeks to terminate your workers’ compensation benefits, you should speak with an experienced Western Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney. If your employer refuses to pay benefits, you will be required to file a claim petition with the state. Although you are not required to be represented by an attorney in a claim petition, workers’ compensation claims are factually and legally complex endeavors, and your employer and its workers’ compensation insurer will be represented by experienced attorneys.
How Goodrich & Geist, P.C. Can Help You with Your Work-Related Injury or Illness
If you’ve suffered an injury or illness due to a work-related accident or incident, it is imperative that you retain the services of knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorneys, especially when your employer denies liability for your illness or injury or seeks to terminate your workers’ compensation benefits. At Goodrich & Geist, P.C. we will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the workers’ compensation benefits that you deserve. We leave no stone unturned to collect every piece of evidence to prove that your injury or illness was work-related so that your employer will be required to accept liability to pay workers’ compensation benefits. We also work with medical and vocational experts to review your medical records to prove the extent of your injuries, the treatment you will need for your injuries, and any temporary or permanent disability from work that you have suffered because of your injuries. We have the experience and resources needed to vigorously pursue your claim for benefits through a claim petition or, if necessary, in court.
Contact Our Firm Today to Schedule a Consultation to Discuss Your Legal Rights and Options
If you’ve been injured on the job or contracted an illness or other medical condition due to your work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. In a perfect world, your employer would accept liability and pay you all the benefits you need and are entitled to under the law. However, some employers try to disclaim liability or terminate an injured worker’s benefits early. If you believe you are being denied workers’ compensation benefits that you need and deserve, contact the experienced workers’ compensation lawyers at Goodrich & Geist, P.C. today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case and to learn more about your rights and options.