Many people put off notifying their employer of their injury or filing a claim for benefits because they do not know where to begin. However, that delay can hurt their chances of receiving benefits. At McCormick & Vilushis LLC, we help clients in northwestern Pennsylvania navigate the workers’ compensation claim process and get the aid they need.
Don’t fall prey to the myths surrounding workers’ compensation claims and the rights of workers who are injured on the job.
Reporting Your Injury
If you have been injured at work, you must report your work injury or illness to your employer within 120 days of the injury or illness occurring in order to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. If you just learned that your injury or illness is related to work activity, then you must report the injury or illness within 120 days of discovering the connection to work activities.
To receive medical payments and wage-loss payments for your work injury from the date you were injured, you must report the injury to your employer within 21 days of it occurring. Missing this deadline could also be used by your employer as a basis to deny your claim. To avoid these issues, it is important to speak with an experienced workers’ comp attorney.
Getting Medical Treatment
After you report your work injury to your employer, you should be provided with a list of panel physicians who can treat you for the first 90 days of your injury. The list of panel physicians must contain several different physicians or physician practice groups with different specialties.
If your claim is accepted, after the first 90 days you can treat with a doctor of your choosing and the carrier must pay for the treatment. If you do not treat with a panelist doctor within the first 90 days of your injury, that medical treatment may not be covered by the workers’ compensation insurance company.
Contact Our Erie Office
To speak with our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers about your workers’ compensation claim, call 814-455-5362 or send us an email. There are no consultation fees, and we charge no attorney’s fee unless we win your case.