Krasno Law: Philadelphia Workers' Compensation Lawyers
There’s a reason KK&O is Pennsylvania’s top-rated* Workers’ Compensation law firm: we’ve been winning cases for PA’s injured for 80+ years. Our experienced team is ready to pursue maximum workers’ compensation for you at no upfront cost.
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Philadelphia’s major industries have been going through a transition since the powerhouse of manufacturing started its steady decline after World War II. Recently, the driver of the economy has shifted to a focus on education and health services. Together, those two industries hold about 30% of Philadelphia’s total jobs. Philadelphia has one of the most educated populations. Within the city limits, there are some of the top research universities, which come with many research hospitals as well.
Other than education and health, many other industries are currently flourishing!
Trade and transportation are booming. This fact is not a surprise to anyone because Philly is located on two rivers, and has one of the largest seaports that billions of dollars of merchandise are received and shipped each year.
Philadelphia also houses a huge group of government jobs. Since the United States’ government was dreamt up and developed here, it only makes sense that it still has its fair share of Government Agencies. This group is diverse and contains everything from The Philadelphia Police Department, government representatives, Department of Motor Vehicle, and thousands of other categories that span across every type of job you can think of.
There are 655,800 total workers in the labor force that resides and works in Philadelphia County. It is important to note that the term “labor force” includes employed and unemployed workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the current unemployment rate is at its lowest in over ten years at 5.9%! Although that is a bit higher than the nation’s percentage of unemployed workers, it is a true testament of how rapidly the Philadelphia economy is growing.
With more jobs being created and filled at a rapid pace, training and education on work place safety may not be sufficient. It is essential for every laborer in Philadelphia to be proactive on these matters. Getting injured at work is a serious issue that can negatively impact many factors of your life.
Anyone Can Be Affected By A Workplace Injury
You’re from Philly! You are tough, hardworking and independent. People don’t mess around over here; a works hard, plays hard mentality is part of your DNA. Even the hardest, most diligent of workers can get hurt at work. If that happens, you need to reach out and talk about your options in possibly receiving workers’ compensation.
Philadelphia Workers' Compensation: Frequently Asked Questions
What Workers’ Compensation Benefits Can I Expect?
Under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, workers’ compensation benefits include medical bills and income replacement.
Aside from medical expenses and wage loss compensation, benefits may also include retraining costs, permanent injury pay, and death benefits to the loved ones of workers who died on the job.
At KK&O, we can provide PA workers with the legal services that they need to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
How Long Will It Take To Get My Benefits?
The average workers’ compensation case takes approximately 16 months to close. However, if your insurance company is slow to review your case, your wait for your benefits can take longer.
More than half of workers’ compensation cases are resolved between 13 to 24 months. Fewer than 20% of cases are completed within 6 months.
We will do everything we can to expedite your compensation – having a talented attorney in your corner can help quicken the pace of your case immensely.
What Can a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Do for Me?
Although you don’t need a lawyer to secure workers’ comp benefits, having an experienced attorney review your case is extremely beneficial.
You need a workers’ compensation lawyer if your employer isn’t cooperating with your case, if you suffered a major injury at work,or if you have a pre-existing condition. You can always fire your attorney if you are unhappy with the way your case is being handled.
In Philadelphia, Attorneys Sarah Reese, Kelly Hemple, and Jennifer Kaufman are part of the team that handles workers’ compensation claims. Each has a sterling reputation and grateful clients that can attest to the quality of their work.
Can I Get Workers’ Compensation if I’m in a Union?
If you are a union employee, our lawyers will review your union contract to know how you report personal injuries, pay your medical bills, and file for wage loss benefits.
You will be allowed to choose your lawyer to handle your legal issues. Your lawyer can be a union lawyer or private attorney.
How Can I Get Workers’ Compensation in Pennsylvania?
The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act covers almost all employees in the state. Under the workers’ compensation law, you can demand compensation if your injury occurred while you were at work.
You also have the legal right to file for a workers’ compensation claim if you suffer from severe emotional stress or anxiety caused by your work. However, the process for filing a claim like this is more complicated compared to claiming compensation for a physical work-related injury.
What Is the Importance of Hiring a Law Firm That Specializes in Workers’ Comp?
Workers’ compensation laws are complicated, and the regulations are hard to navigate on your own. The process involves many steps. There are documentation requirements and deadlines to meet. It can seem overwhelming, especially if you are trying to recover from an injury or illness. An experienced workers compensation lawyer knows the ins and outs of the system and can help guide you through the process.
Insurance companies have attorneys who are experts in workers’ compensation law. Their goal is to save money for their company by paying injured workers as little as possible or denying claims altogether. So, you need someone on your side to even the playing field if you have suffered a workplace injury in Philadelphia PA.
Your employer doesn’t always have your best interest at heart. He also must look at the bottom line — injured workers may cause his insurance premium to go up. Therefore, you may be at a disadvantage if you choose to handle your case alone.
A law firm specializing in workers’ compensation knows all the pitfalls that could trip you up in the claims process. To get the maximum compensation to take care of your financial and medical needs, you need a workers’ compensation lawyer.
You may be afraid of retaliation from your employer if you assert your workers’ compensation rights. An experienced attorney can protect you from illegal retaliation.
Attorneys not only help you win your claim but also help enforce it. Even after deciding in your favor, an insurance company may not pay you. Your attorney will hold your employer’s insurance company accountable until you receive all of your entitled benefits.
How Much Time Do You Have To Sue for a Work-Related Injury in Philadelphia PA?
To be eligible for workers’ compensation, you must report your workplace injuries to your employer within 120 days. But to receive retroactive benefits dating back to the first day of the injury, you must give your employer notice within 21 days. The 120-day deadline begins when an employee knows – or should have known – that a work incident caused his injury.
There are a few exceptions to the 120-day timeline. For example:
- For repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, each day of work is considered a new injury.
- For occupational diseases, the employee must become injured or disabled within 300 weeks of the last date employed in the job that caused the disease. The injured worker must file a claim for benefits within three years of the date of injury to be eligible for benefits.
How Can You Tell if You Have a Strong Claim for Workers’ Comp?
The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act outlines specific criteria that you must meet to receive benefits. You have a strong claim if you meet all the necessary conditions of the act, adhere to all deadlines, and have meticulous documentation to prove it.
Your employer is responsible for medical conditions caused or aggravated by your employment. For workers’ compensation purposes, the word “injury” has a broader meaning than in everyday language. An injury can be:
- A specific incident at work causing an injury, such as a fall.
- A succession of repetitive actions resulting in a disability, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
- A pre-existing condition aggravated by your work, such as asthma.
- A past work-related disability that recurs, such as a back injury.
- An occupational disease that occurs in your industry but is not common in the general public, such as tuberculosis or chemical poisoning.
What Can I Do if My Workers Compensation Claim Is Denied?
Insurance companies know the ins and outs of workers’ compensation claims. They use proven strategies to pay out as little as possible. Some of the common defenses they use to deny your claim include these arguments:
- You didn’t give proper notice to your employer about your injury.
- You missed the deadline for filing a claim, so you are not entitled to any workers’ compensation benefits.
- You sustained your injury outside the course and scope of your employment. You were not on the job when the injury occurred.
- You didn’t seek medical treatment right away. Therefore, the condition worsened, and you’re responsible.
- You missed a medical appointment with either your doctor or your employer’s doctor. Therefore, you aren’t as seriously injured as you claimed.
However, if the insurance company denies your claim, it is not the end of the road for you. It’s time to fight for what you need and deserve:
- If you decide to continue your claim, the next step is to file a claim petition. You have three years to file a claim petition after the date of your injury. During the claim petition process, your case will be assigned to a workers’ compensation judge who will hear your evidence. The burden of proof rests with you to show that you should receive workers’ compensation and that the state should overturn the insurance company’s decision. Your judge will attempt to resolve your case through mediation and make a decision.
- If you disagree with the judge’s decision, there is one final step: appeal the decision by filing with the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board. But you must act quickly because you will have only 20 days to file an appeal. Often, workers compensation claims will be approved in the appeal process.
Philadelphia: Let Us Help With Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
You may be a teacher, working at The Philadelphia School District and suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome or neck/back injuries from repetitive actions.
You could be a part of the Philadelphia Police Department devoting your life to protecting the citizens of the city. But who protects the police when they are injured? Under certain circumstances the “benefits” promised to police and correctional officers may get denied or not properly cover damages. This is where legal professionals who are trained in Worker’s Compensation Law should step in.
You may be a nurse or doctor working at one of Philadelphia’s world-renowned hospitals such as Temple University Hospital, The Thomas Jefferson Health System, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, or Hahnemann University Hospital. The list goes on and on, and injuries can happen anywhere.
Get Your Free Consultation With a Philadelphia Workers' Comp Attorney
KK&O’s Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorneys can help you receive maximum compensation benefits. We can also help you secure your Social Security Disability benefits, or appeal a denied claim.
Our lawyers are ready to support you in pursuing the maximum workers’ compensation. Call or live chat with our law office for a free case review.