Protecting Your Interests After You Have Been Injured At Work
An accident at work can have lasting consequences. You may be unable to work for a period of time after the accident. You may need ongoing medical care for your injury or even suffer a permanent disability.
I am attorney Gregory Stapp. I have been helping injured workers to secure the full medical and financial benefits from workers’ compensation for over 20 years. You can depend on me to work hard to ensure that you are able to receive the maximum benefits allowed by law. When you consult with me at my Williamsport office, I will review your case and explain your rights and answer your questions.
Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation system was developed to ensure that employees are able to promptly and efficiently receive fair compensation for injuries and illnesses suffered at work. Unfortunately, this process can be complicated if you are not familiar with state guidelines and procedures. Some employers are more concerned with saving costs than in helping an injured worker. I will provide competent legal counsel to guide you through the workers’ comp system.
What To Do If You Have Been Hurt On The Job
If you have been involved in an accident or suffered an injury during the course of your employment and are wondering what to do, you should immediately:
- Notify your employer of the nature of your injury
- Seek medical treatment
- Fill out an incident report
Your employer will secure first aid and provide appropriate medical care for your injury. In an emergency, proceed directly to the nearest emergency care facility. As soon as your injury is stabilized enough to contact me, call to schedule a consultation so that we can discuss your workers’ compensation claim.
Strict time limits apply. Your employer’s insurance company will always be working against your best interests to offer the lowest possible payment for your injury. I can evaluate your claim to determine what options you should pursue to secure maximum compensation, including filing a lawsuit in court.
Workers’ Compensation Disability And Medical Payments
The most common claims for workers’ compensation benefits involve traumatic work-related accidents at hazardous locations, which include construction sites and oil and gas sites. Workers’ compensation awards may include a variety of different financial benefits, depending on the severity, effects and duration of the injury. Injured employees may be eligible to receive:
- Permanent disability benefits
- Temporary disability benefits
- Payments for the time unable to perform work
- Compensation for injuries suffered
- Medical treatment payments
- Loss of use of a part of your body
Some of the issues that we will discuss include whether or not your injury was work-related, how your injury occurred, whether your injury may or may not relate to a prior injury or pre-existing condition, whether or not you were technically “on the job,” and the extent of benefits that you may be entitled to, including temporary or permanent disability benefits and/or a fair value for settlement for your injuries.
Recovering From A Workplace Injury? Get A Lawyer’s Perspective Before You Sign Any Forms.
Pennsylvania workers have three years from the date of their injury to file their workers’ comp claim. Don’t put your claim at risk by acting without an attorney’s guidance or by delaying action. Call me at 570-980-1865 or email me using my contact form.