When a normal workday goes horribly wrong, your head is spinning in all different directions. You’re hurt and you need help. You see a doctor and start getting the treatment you need. And then the question hits you: Who will pay for your injuries?
Perhaps you’ve always respected your boss and you assume he will make sure the company covers everything. Perhaps you are a union member and trust that the union will represent your best interests. What happens if nobody steps up for you? What rights do you have as an injured employee? What can you do to protect yourself and your career?
When You’re Hurt at Work, You Need a Knowledgeable Workers’ Compensation Attorney on Your Side
At Norfleet & Lafferty, we’ve worked with a wide variety of workers’ compensation claims. We’ve seen it all, from injured union employees in intense manual labor occupations to white-collar workers hurt at the office.
One thing is true across the board: Pennsylvania law makes workers’ compensation claims complex. Knowing your rights during this trying time has a dramatic impact on the outcome of your claim.
Are You Eligible to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania is a no-fault state. That means you are eligible for workers’ compensation no matter how your work injury happened. There are four types of injuries you can receive coverage for in Pennsylvania. These comprise:
- Physical–Physical. These are exclusively physical injuries, such as a broken bone or wrenched back.
- Physical–Mental. This type of injury involves a physical injury that soon turns into a depression or other type of mental injury.
- Mental–Physical. This injury occurs if you suffer from a mental injury at work, and then get physically hurt as a result. For example, if you suffer from intense stress on the job and then have a heart attack from the anxiety.
- Mental–Mental, Exclusively mental injuries such as depression and nervous breakdowns are also covered under workers’ compensation.
With four different types of injuries and multiple types of insurance coverage, it’s difficult to know what’s available to you and what isn’t. The insurance company representing your employer won’t tell you either. Talking to a knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney as early as possible in your claims process helps you know your rights, what you should receive in your settlement, and more.
Let Us Go to Bat for You During This Trying Time
The pain, stress, and confusion you’re feeling are normal. There’s a lot going on and a lot riding on the next few weeks. Even if you’re being cooperative and your case seems to be progressing well, it can help to have someone you can trust offer a second opinion.
At Norfleet & Lafferty, we offer you a listening ear and helpful advice. Reach out to us as early in your claims process as possible so that you can be sure your case is handled correctly from the start.
We’re here to offer you the advice you need whether you work with us or not. We have offices in Lemoyne, Harrisburg, and York, and serve all of Pennsylvania. Call 717-737-7574 or contact us today to get the answers you need.