Frequently Asked Questions About Workers' Compensation
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Law Firm Helping Injured Workers
Workers' compensation can be complex. If you have been injured at work, you probably have many questions regarding your injury. Are you, if you are covered by workers' comp? How much compensation you are entitled to? At Dugan & Associates, we serve clients in Pittsburgh and throughout western Pennsylvania who have been injured at work.
To meet with a workers' compensation attorney, call us at 1-412-353-3572 or contact us online. We can answer any of your workers' compensation FAQ's in a free consultation.
Workers' Compensation FAQ's
Who pays workers compensation benefits?
Employers are responsible for having workers' compensation insurance. When an employee gets injured on the job, or gets ill due to a workplace condition, the employer's worker comp insurance carriers is responsible to pay.
Workers' compensation also pays for lost time at work. If time away from work due to an injury or illness exceeds seven days, a portion of normal wages are paid. You have 120 days from the date of the injury or the time you had reason to believe you were injured to file a claim for benefits. You also must use the "panel doctors" for the first 90 days of treatment.
Are all medical bills covered by workers' comp?
It depends. Workers' compensation benefits can include medical care, prescriptions, some rehabilitative services, orthopedic appliances, disability compensation, and in some instances, they will pay for one time modifications to a home or vehicle. Talk to a workers' compensation attorney to learn specific information about benefits.
What injuries are covered by workers' compensation?
Workers' compensation covers all accidents or injuries that happen at work or can be considered work related; these may include: sprain and strains, herniated disk, torn ligaments, broken bones, burns and scars, head and neck injuries, blunt force wounds, slip and fall injuries, back injuries, and automobile accidents or more. Illnesses and infections resulting from the injury are also covered. Death caused by a workplace injury is covered for a limited period of time, payable to beneficiaries.
What illnesses and diseases are covered by workers' compensation?
Workers' compensation covers occupational diseases, which are diseases caused by work place conditions. Exposure to workplace dust or chemicals the workplace resulting in a disease, for example, could be covered by workers' comp. hearing loss or carpal tunnel
What injuries and illnesses are not covered by workers' compensation?
Workers' compensation may cover injuries that occur away from the job site. It does not cover self-inflicted injuries that occur on the job site. Injuries caused by your own intoxication or illegal drug use, if attacked by a third-person for a reason not related to your job, and matters related to breaking the law.
If you are receiving workers' compensation benefits and are offered a job by your employer
If your employer can demonstrate that they have a job within your physical restrictions, they may petition a workers' compensation judge to modify or terminate your benefits. If you are contacted by the workers' compensation insurance company to attend a job interview or medical exam you need to speak to a lawyer. They may be entitled to such an interview, but these are signs that the insurance is attempting to modify or terminate you benefits.
Please contact our lawyers if you have other workers' compensation FAQ's.
If you have questions about workers' compensation law or a workplace injury, please contact the lawyers of Dugan & Associates. We are happy to answer any questions you have about workers' comp law. Call our Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania law office at 1-412-353-3572 for a free consultation.