Erie Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Guiding You Through Workers’ Comp Claims
Like many other hardworking Americans, you rely on your job to support yourself and your family. When injuries, illnesses, and other emergencies keep you from your job, you should not be left in a lurch, especially if your accident or illness occurred at work.
If you have been injured at work or suffered a medical condition due to work-related duties, you may be entitled to financial compensation through a workers’ compensation claim. McNair Law Offices, PLLC is devoted to representing injured workers throughout Erie, Millcreek, Harborcreek, and North East, PA. Our Erie workers’ comp attorney can help you receive the compensation you need to recover properly.
Pennsylvania Workers’ Comp Laws
The Pennsylvania Legislature enacted the Pennsylvania Workmen’s Compensation Act in 1915. Although it has evolved over the years, the purpose of the act is the same. Workers’ compensation is and always has been designed to protect employees and employers. Employees receive no-cost medical treatment and are compensated for their recovery time and employers avoid expensive and time-consuming personal injury lawsuits.
Nearly all employers in Pennsylvania are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. The only exceptions are employers in industries covered under federal workers’ compensation acts (such as maritime employees), those with part-time agricultural employees (who work less than 30 days or earn less than $1,200 in a calendar year), and companies with employees who are exempt from workers’ comp regulations (due to religious beliefs or executive status).
Coverage begins on the first day of the job and applies even if workers have pre-existing conditions that are aggravated on the job.
Interfering with valid workers’ compensation claims is illegal, and the Office of Adjudication is responsible for workers’ comp disagreements.
At any point in the workers’ comp process, you may also hire an attorney to protect your best interests.
When Am I Covered?
You are covered when your work causes your injury, illness, or disease. If you are killed in a workplace accident, your family may also be entitled to workers’ compensation. Workers’ comp does not cover self-inflicted injuries or accidents caused by illegal activities, including drug and alcohol use.
What Benefits Am I Entitled To?
Injured employees are entitled to several benefits. These benefits include:
- Medical care – your employer should cover all reasonable surgical and medical services, medicine, hospital stays, and supplies
- Payment for lost wages – if you are partially or totally disabled and unable to work for any amount of time, you may be entitled to wage-loss benefits while you recover
- Specific loss benefits – if you lose a specific sense or appendage or suffer disfigurement, you may be entitled to specific loss benefits
- Death benefits – if your workplace accident is fatal, your family will be entitled to death benefits
To get the benefits you need, report any injury or work-related illness to your supervisor as soon as possible. If you fail to notify your employer, you may lose your right to recover benefits.