Representing Injured and Ill Workers
The law office of Pawlowski, Bilonick, & Long specializes in representing workers who have suffered illness or who have been injured on the job. Our experienced attorneys have several decades of experience settling and litigating workers’ compensation claims. We know all of the relevant laws and how they apply to your case.
Our staff can help you file an initial workers’ comp claim or help you file your appeal. We can also help you file your claim to reinstate your workers’ compensation benefits. Time is of the essence when it comes to filing appeals, so it is important to contact our office as soon as possible to protect your rights.
The workers’ compensation program was designed to provide coverage for workers who become ill or injured at work, while allowing employers to avoid admitting liability for negligence. The program is mandatory. All employers MUST provide this coverage to all employees, without exception. The workers’ compensation program pays for the following, as necessary:
- Medical Treatment
- Wage Replacement
The program does not provide compensation or entertain claims for certain aspects of your injury, such as pain and suffering.
How to File a Workers’ Comp Claim
There are very specific procedures that you must follow in order to file a successful workers’ comp claim. The procedure of how to file is, generally, as follows:
- Seek Immediate Medical Attention
- Inform Your Employer of Your Injury Promptly
- Have Your Employer Assist with Filing Your Claim (or Contact Your Local Workers’ Compensation Office)
You have a limited period of time to file your initial workers’ compensation claim. The specific limitations vary, but you should make your best effort to file your claim within 21 days of the qualifying incident. Our law firm may still be able to assist you even if you have missed any deadlines, particularly if you can show good cause.
Under certain circumstances (reinstatement of partial disability benefits after they have been suspended/terminated by employer), an employee may have up to five hundred (500) weeks from the date of his or her last benefit check to file a claim to reinstate benefits. As you can see, the time periods involved can vary drastically. We advise you to consult with one of our experienced attorneys to get the most up-to-date and relevant information that pertains to your particular situation. Additional information regarding workers’ compensation can be found here, courtesy of the Pennsylvania State Department of Labor and Industry:
Determining Wrongful Termination
If you have been exposed to aerosolized coal, rock, or mineral dust and have developed a disabling or life-threatening disease, affliction, or conditions that you suspect or that your doctor has confirmed have developed as a direct result of your exposure to these materials, contact the law office of Pawlowski, Bilonick, & Long. We will examine the facts of your case and help you decide what your next step should be. If you have been injured or suffered losses as a result of your exposure to coal, rock, or mineral dust, you may be eligible for significant compensation. Call our law firm today: (814) 472-7046.