What is Workers' Compensation?
Workers' compensation is a term used for financial compensation that most workers are legally entitled to receive if they are injured or suffer a serious illness at work. In Pennsylvania, this government-mandated form of insurance provides financial assistance and medical benefits to injured workers.
Workers' compensation (also sometimes known as "workers comp," "workman's compensation" or "work comp") provides benefits for:
- Lost wages during your recovery;
- Medical expenses associated with work-related injury or illness;
- Additional Compensation for scars, sight loss, hearing loss, amputations/loss of use;
- Death benefits
You and your family may also be eligible to receive other benefits due to a work-related injury or illness. That's why it's important to talk to an attorney as soon as possible.
What Makes These Cases So Complicated?
Perhaps the single most important reason why workers' compensation cases can be so complicated has to do with whether everyone agrees on the severity of your injury. You know you have a serious injury or illness and can't work. But your employer/workers' compensation insurance carrier or a doctor chosen by them to examine you might disagree.
This disagreement over whether you have an injury - or the severity of your injury - can occur at any point. Sometimes, it's immediately after your accident. Other times, you may have been out of work for several weeks or months due to your injury when your employer/workers' comp carrier suddenly insists that you're better and must return to work.
You know your body best. If you aren't healthy, you shouldn't be forced to work or do anything that could affect your recovery. You need time to rest and get healthy. And our law firm can help make that happen.
How We Can Help You
Attorney Anthony Vellner and his accomplished legal team have decades of experience handling complicated workers' compensation cases throughout Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. We understand how the system works and what it takes to achieve results.
Our approach starts with taking the time to get to know you and your family's needs. That way, we can address the legal issues that matter most to you. As your attorney, we can help you in many different ways throughout your legal process. This includes:
- Helping you apply for workers' compensation benefits
- Finding another doctor to treat you, especially if you are not getting the care you need now
- Appealing your denied workers' compensation claim
- Defending your rights if you're ordered to return to work - even if you're not healthy
- Representing you in court at any Bureau of Workers' Compensation Hearings
Don't get hurt twice. You've already suffered a serious injury or illness at work. Don't let your employer or their insurance companies push you around. Take a stand, put the power of an experienced attorney on your case and contact our law firm. Schedule your free consultation right now at our Bethlehem office. And if you can't come to us, we can come to you.