No one expects to be hurt at work, so when an on-the-job injury sidelines you, it can be difficult to know where to begin. The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act protects the rights of injured workers, entitling them to medical and lost wage benefits for work-related injuries and illnesses, but unless you are well-versed in the law the Act can be challenging to interpret.
Across the country, thousands of people are injured at work each day, and successful workers’ compensation claims all have a few things in common. Below, we share what successful Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claims have in common to help you get a better understanding of the application process.
Waste No Time: Stick to Deadlines!
One of the most tragic things we see in our field is when an otherwise solid claim gets thrown out because an injured worker missed an important deadline. Pennsylvania workers’ compensation laws have three important deadlines that injured workers must follow strictly:
- You have 21 days to notify your employer of your work-related injury or illness.
- Your employer has 21 days from the date of the notification to accept or deny your claim.
- Your claim must be filed within 120 days of your injury or illness.
While 21 or 120 days may seem like a long time, waiting until the last minute to notify your employer and file a claim can lead to complications. The quicker you act, the sooner you may be able to collect benefits.
Make Your Recovery a Top Priority
Your first priority above everything should be getting the medical care and attention you need. Attend all of your medical appointments and follow-ups, and follow your recovery plan to the letter. Maintain evidence of your injuries by carefully preserving all medical bills, records, and test results to ensure that your chances of securing maximum possible compensation remain high.
Seek the Help of Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialists Today
Navigating the workers’ compensation claims process on your own can be daunting and frustrating. At Fenner & Boles, our attorneys are certified workers’ compensation specialists, and boast over 50 combined years of workers’ compensation law experience.
Do not leave your rights and financial future to chance—let the trusted, experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at Fenner & Boles help you file your claim. To schedule your free consultation with Fenner & Boles today, call the office at 215.259.5879 or toll-free at 877.959.1811 today.