Workers' Compensation FAQs
Q: Are my injuries eligible for workers' compensation benefits?
A: Every case is unique, so it is wise to contact an attorney for specific advice about your situation. Generally, if you are an employee and become injured in the course of your employment, your injuries should be compensable under Pennsylvania's workers' compensation laws.
Q: Can I see my own doctor?
A: In Pennsylvania, your employer must provide a list of approved medical providers. For the first 90 days of treatment after your injury, you are required to see a physician from that list, but your employer cannot choose which one or interfere in any way with your medical treatment.
A: Generally, workers' compensation laws prohibit you from suing your employer if you are pursuing workers' compensation benefits. However, it may be appropriate to bring a civil claim against a negligent third party such as a motorist who caused an accident or the manufacturer of defective equipment.
A: If you are interested in a trial period at work but concerned about compromising your eligibility for workers' compensation or SSDI benefits, consider speaking with a lawyer before taking any action. It may be possible to return to work without compromising your benefits, but every case is different.
Q: Do I really need an attorney?
A: In some cases, you may not need a lawyer. However, speaking with an attorney is the best way to ensure you are going after every available dollar for your injury. During your free, confidential consultation at Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman, L.L.C., our workers' compensation lawyers will give you an honest assessment of your case and an overview of your options.
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If you have more questions about workers' compensation, we urge you to call our offices and arrange a free consultation. Contact us at 412-567-1232 in Pittsburgh or Western Pennsylvania, or 215-792-6153 in Philadelphia or Eastern Pennsylvania. You may also reach us toll free at 866-466-5789.