Dugan & Associates – Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Greensburg

Accidents and injuries can happen at work, whether a result of an accident, poor working conditions, negligence, or not. Although we never want this to happen, you may be entitled to compensation. Depending on the case, your medical bills could be fully covered. Dugan & Associates can give you the workers’ compensation you deserve. 

We fight to get you the benefits you deserve including benefits that cover medical bills and wage loss spent on work-related accidents. If you’ve been injured at work or suffered an illness from your job, Greensburg Workers’ Compensation lawyers can fight for your compensation. 

We also fight to maintain your benefits if you are already receiving workers’ compensation and there may be a threat to your benefits. Keep in mind the insurance company is in business to make money and their goal may be to get you off their books as quickly as possible. Our goal is to protect you as much as the law allows and get or keep you on the benefits you deserve and/or a lump sum settlement if the situation is right for you.

We understand how overwhelming the process can be, but our experienced attorneys are ready to help you. 

Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation covers injuries, illnesses, or accidents that occur in the course of your employment and are related thereto. This includes injuries and illness on the job and/or incidents caused by poor working conditions. Other injuries that are eligible for compensation include amputations, loss of use, scars on your head face, or neck, occupational disease, or death. 

Dugan & Associates will help you fight (and/or fight to keep) for you the most benefits possible under the law. Workers’ comp can cover medical care, rehabilitative services, disability compensation, prescriptions, and orthopedic appliances. 

Time away from work can leave you without a steady income. If this happened because of an illness or injury at work and it’s related to your work, in the course of your employment and related thereto, your compensation will reimburse you for lost time. Wage loss benefits are payable if your time of leave exceeds 7 days or more. 

Before filing a claim, it’s important to know that every case is different and there are specific situations that may not be covered by workers’ compensation. Self-inflicted injuries on the job site may not qualify for workers’ comp. Also, include injuries or illnesses caused by your own illegal drug use or intoxication may not be entitled to benefits. Injuries outside of your job or as a result of unlawful behavior may also not entitle you to workers’ comp. These cases are fact-specific and it is important to talk to an attorney from our office about your specific situation.

Common Workplace Accidents

All workplaces are capable of danger. Granted, a construction site is more likely to have an injury on-site than a coffee shop. But, a staff member could still slip on the floor after a recent mopping. Our attorneys have successfully worked with many of these situations. Here are some of the most common workplace accidents:

  • Ladder falls
  • Motor vehicle accidents at work
  • Heat or electrical burns
  • Head trauma
  • Environmental exposure

Let Us Fight To Get You The Benefits You Deserve

Get the support you deserve by filing for workers’ compensation. We want to help you get as many benefits as possible. This can include any or all medical coverage needed after an injury or illness at work. Our experienced attorneys are here to help you with the entire process. If you are already on workers’ compensation and have questions or feel there may be a threat to your benefits, the w/c carrier is having you examined by their doctor, for example, contact our office immediately. We fight to get you and help you maintain and keep the benefits you deserve. 

Report the Incident

The first thing you should do is report the accident or injury. If you’re filing from Pennsylvania, you’ll have 120 days from the date of the incident. Reporting your illness or injury will immediately maximize the workers’ compensation benefits available to you. This will also give you an opportunity to protect yourself. 

From there, see a licensed medical professional. If your employer has a posted list of panel doctors and otherwise complies with the requirements under the law, this must be done within the first 90 days of the incident and from your employer’s Approved Doctor List.

If no list or your employer has not otherwise complied with the law then you are free to treat with whomever you choose. After you’ve been seen by a doctor, keep in mind you have up to 3 years from the date of the injury to file a claim but the sooner the better and our office of staff and attorneys can assist you.

If you are already receiving workers’ compensation and you have questions or feel there may be a threat to your benefits contact our office immediately. 

Workplace comp has little to do with fault. You can’t sue your employer for negligence in Pennsylvania. Even so, a workers’ compensation claim may lead to a lawsuit. This can happen with a negligent third-party property owner. If it’s discovered that a separate person or company is responsible, we can file a lawsuit for all your injuries. 

Contact Us Immediately

You want to protect yourself and earn as much compensation as you can. To get your workers’ comp, it’s important to get the process started immediately. Take the necessary steps to obtain all your benefits. Contact us immediately so that you can meet with a Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Westmoreland County. 

Appealing a Denied Claim

If your claim for compensation has been denied, we will fight to get you the benefits you deserve. We will begin strategizing and working to get (and/or keep you on) your workers’ compensation benefits.

If your claim has been denied contact our office immediately. With 30 years of experience, our lawyers are well prepared to represent injured or ill workers. If this happens, your lawyer will fight to refute the basis of denial and fight on your behalf for your workers’ compensation benefits. 

Why Was My Appeal Denied?

If you feel that you were unfairly denied, contact one of our Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Greensburg, PA. We have many years of experience with claim denials and can help you get the benefits you deserve. The legal grounds for an employer to deny your claim may include the following:

  • The injury didn’t happen during the course of employment or at work
  • A doctor doesn’t approve that the injury is disabling
  • The injury is a pre-existing condition
  • The injured or ill worker is an independent contractor 
  • A delay in claim processing
  • More information is needed

Lump-Sum Settlement

A lump sum can be a simple way to get back to your life. Whether you have been denied benefits or you are on workers’ compensation benefits, find out if a lump sum settlement is right for you. We’ll help you decide if a lump sum settlement is your best course of action.

Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to negotiate on your behalf and work to get you the most money to settle your case and help you move on with your life.

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