Written by: Daniel K. Deardorff
Ask anyone who has been involved in a worker’s compensation case and they will tell you that it is no walk in the park. Instead, it is more like a walk through a minefield! Without an experienced attorney by your side, you can encounter any number of pitfalls that can be fatal to your case. At Martson Law Offices we have attorneys with over 40 years of experience in handling workers’ compensation cases for workers, employers, and insurance companies. Because we have represented employers and insurance companies, we know how they think and how they will fight your worker’s compensation claim. Let us represent you and guide you through your workers compensation claim in the best possible way.
Once you are injured, you need to be aware of various deadlines that are set forth in Pennsylvania workers compensation law. You only have so many days to give notice of your claim or your claim will be lost forever. You also have a limited amount of time to file a worker’s compensation claim even after you give notice of it. If you don’t file your claim within a certain number of years, it will again, be lost forever. Let us help you meet these deadlines.
After you have been injured at work, you need to get the appropriate medical treatment. You cannot proceed with your worker’s compensation claim unless a doctor agrees that your injury is related to work. Even if your doctor states that your injury is work related, the employer and its insurance carrier can still challenge your claim by getting medical evidence of their own. They can send you to a doctor they have selected to have you examined and try to have that doctor challenge your claim. Let us help you make sure you obtain this important medical evidence and are prepared to meet with the doctor selected by your employer and its insurance company.
If your employer and its insurance company continue to deny your claim, it will be necessary for you to file a petition to obtain a Judge who will decide your case. The Judge will schedule hearings to receive your evidence and also hear the evidence from the employer. It is necessary to follow various rules of evidence during these hearings when witnesses testify. The Judge will eventually make a decision based on this evidence. You will want to have an experienced attorney who has been involved in hundreds of these hearings to be by your side and present your evidence in the best possible way.
Even if the Judge finds in your favor and grants your petition, the case is not over. You will receive compensation for your lost wages and your medical bills will be paid, but the employer and its insurance company will not give up. They can appeal the decision of the Judge. They can send you again to another doctor of their choice to see what your current condition is. They can put surveillance on you to see what your activities are. They can look into your social media to see what you are doing. Sometimes they may even offer you a settlement to get rid of your claim. Do you know what the value of your case would be if your claim is accepted or you win your case? Our team of attorneys do, and they want you to get the most compensation to which you are entitled. Our Daniel K. Deardorff recently settled a worker’s compensation case for $1.5 million. Let our experienced attorneys help you to bring about a favorable conclusion to your worker’s compensation case.
We here at Martson Law Offices want to help you pursue your worker’s compensation claim, win it, and receive a fair settlement. Feel free to contact us for a free 30-minute consultation. We do not receive any fee unless you receive a monetary amount in a settlement or as compensation.
DISCLAIMER: The information in this blog should not be construed as legal advice to be relied upon nor to create an attorney/client relationship. Please note that the reader’s or an industry’s specific situation or circumstances will vary and, thus, for example, an approach that is advisable in one industry may not be appropriate in another industry. If you have questions about your situation or about how to apply information contained in this blog to your situation or industry, you should reach out to an attorney. The views expressed in this blog are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the firm or the firm’s clients.
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