Being seriously injured at work can be financially devastating if your injuries require long-term care. While your medical bills should be paid by workers’ compensation, if an employer falsely fills out the reports to avoid being penalized for unsafe working conditions, then your bills may not be covered. If you are having problems getting your medical bills and time off work covered after a workplace accident, you need to hire a lawyer to help you.
If you’ve been injured while on the job, then by law in Pennsylvania you’re entitled to:
* Weekly compensation
* Benefits for permanent impairments
* Coverage for medical bills
* Vocational rehabilitation
However, if your accident was caused by working in unsafe conditions or doing a job for which you had not been trained, then the employer might falsify the report and you may not receive any benefits. If this happens, then you need to hire a work injury attorney to help you get compensation for your injuries.
You don’t need permanent impairments to receive disability payments from workers’ compensation. If you are temporarily disabled, meaning that you’re still recovering but expect to get better and return to your job, you can receive weekly benefits to take care of your expenses while you’re recovering. If, for some reason, you’re turned down for benefits, a work injury attorney can find out why and help you receive them.
There is a time limit for receiving weekly benefits if you’re temporarily disabled, which is three to seven years. People who are permanently disabled may receive benefits for the rest of their lives or, in some states, until they’re 65 years old. It is important to know your rights if you’re injured on the job, so you should consult with a work injury attorney from the law firm of Alpern Schubert P.C. You can also connect them on Facebook for more updates.