WORKERS COMPENSATION CLAIMS
Retain Tom Yorko as your Workers Compensation attorney in Pennsylvania. Employers never want to admit you are injured at work nor pay for your medical treatment.
A "NOTICE OF COMPENSATION PAYABLE" must be issued to recieve benefits. It is virtually impossible to handle a claim on your own.
IF YOU ARE INJURED AT WORK,
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO? WHO SHOULD YOU CALL? WHAT BENEFITS CAN YOU GET? WHERE CAN YOU GET MEDICAL TREATMENT?
1. IMMEDIATELY TELL YOUR EMPLOYER YOU WERE INJURED. In Pennsylvania, you must give notice to your employer that you were injured at work. Then you must go to the physician or clinic that he offers. If he does not offer a doctor, then go to your own doctor the same day. Be sure to get a note from your doctor stating you cannot work.
2. TELL ALL DOCTORS EXACTLY HOW YOU WERE INJURED AT WORK. As a claimant, you have the burden to prove you suffered a work injury that prevents you from working. You need a doctor to give a medical opinion that your injury was caused at work. Alternatively, you may have had a long standing condition that was aggravated by actions at work and now you can't do your job. Both cases are compensable.
3. CALL TOM YORKO TO HAVE YOUR CLAIM FILED ELECTRONICIALLY RIGHT FROM HIS OFFICE. Get an appointment and bring all medical information.
An experienced workers compensation attorney can obtain cash payment benefits for lost pay and payment of your medical expenses. Payment is made by the employers workers compensation carrier. In Pennsylvania you CANNOT receive cash for pain and suffering for a workers compensation claim. Tom Yorko will need to see your medical records and any notes from your doctor stating that you cannot go back to work.
If you are already receiving benefits but you are told to return to work and do a job that you physically cannot do because of pain. What should you do?
1.GET A NOTE FROM YOUR DOCTOR STATING YOU CANNOT DO YOUR JOB.
You must return to work if you are recovered and capable. But if your treating doctor gives a note stating you cannot do your job due to the work injury, then stay at home.
2. CALL TOM YORKO IF YOUR EMPLOYER FILES A TERMINATION PETITION.
If a worker is already receiving cash benefits and payments for medical treatment for your work injury, the employer cannot stop payment unless a judge gives an Order. Your own attorney must file an Answer to oppose a Termination Petition.
THE GOAL OF ALL INSURANCE CARRIERS IS TO TERMINATE YOUR BENEFITS.
Most workers continue to receive benefits and get treatment at a company clinic or by a doctor hired by the insurance company. Ultimately, the doctor hired by your W/C carrier will give an opinion that you are fully recovered and may return to work even if you are still having pain or receiving treatment and cannot do your job. The employer will then file a Termination Petition. You need to retain an attorney to protect you before your benefits are terminated or you are fired or laid off.