Philadelphia + Delaware County Attorney for Workplace Injury Medical Benefit Claims
Sorting through complex rules and exceptions in order to secure Workers’ Compensation benefits is the last thing you need to worry about when you have suffered an injury at work. For example, many employees injured at work believe or are told that they must treat with a company doctor for the first 90 days after they are injured. In Pennsylvania, this is only true if the employer has provided a choice of at least six doctors, and if you have signed documents regarding the “acknowledgement of rights and duties.” The Media, PA Workers’ Compensation attorneys at Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias urge you to secure legal advice before signing any documents following a workplace accident or injury. Remember, at the point you are being asked to sign papers about the accident, you and your employer are not necessarily still on the same team. Some documents you sign might jeopardize or even eliminate your rights under the Workers’ Compensation Law.
How Do I Get Medical Benefits for My Workplace Injury in Pennsylvania?
Generally, an injured worker can go to the doctor of his or her choice for medical care, and the employer must pay for the medical care based upon a fee schedule set up by the state legislature in Harrisburg. If there is a billing dispute, or if your employer or its insurance company believes that the care was not “reasonable, necessary or related to” the work injury, the employer is responsible to file documents formally objecting to the care. This is the case in Delaware County, Chester County, Bucks County, Berks County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County, or in any county across the state.
If your injury was caused by an incident or accident at work, your employer’s Workers’ Compensation insurance carrier cannot simply refuse to pay. The insurance company must file a petition for a hearing before a Workers’ Compensation judge or a Request for Utilization Review. A Decision from the Court or Utilization Review could have a serious impact on your right to past, present and future medical treatment. You NEED the advice and representation of a Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation attorney with the knowledge and skill necessary to ensure the Decision is issue in your favor. Once your claim is accepted, your Pennsylvania employer must cover all related medical expenses including your hospital stays, any surgeries or procedures, home nursing care, or modifications to your home necessary to keep you mobile and self-sufficient. You will not have to pay co-pays or deductibles.
Our Philadelphia + Delaware County Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Can Help
If you’ve been injured at work, contact our attorneys at the law firm of Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias. With over 100 years of combined experience, we can help you with your claim. Call (484) 679-5239 or go online to schedule your free consultation at our law offices conveniently located in Media and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.