Getting off to the right start with a workers' compensation claim

"Where do I begin?" This is a question that many workers who are injured in a workplace accident in Pennsylvania ask themselves as they face the prospect of filing for workers' compensation. After all, most workers will never need to file a workers' comp claim and, as a result, they don't know a great deal about the process for submitting a claim and going on to receive medical care and benefits for lost wages.

Probably the most important starting point when someone suffers a workplace injury in Pennsylvania is all about the timing: the worker needs to report the injury to the employer as soon as possible. This is where the entire workers' compensation process begins and from here the injured worker will go on to receive the medical care that is needed to treat the injury. After a physician notes that the worker will not be able to return to work for an extended period of time, the injured worker can submit a claim to the Bureau of Workers' Compensation.

But, what if the worker is so badly injured that communication becomes a problem? What if the worker is unconscious and hospitalized? It is in these types of situations in which it can become very important to have someone take the right steps for the injured worker's benefit right from the outset.

At our law firm, we attempt to help injured workers when they believe that a workers' compensation claim may be appropriate. It is important to remember that not all employers are on the same side as the injured worker in a claim for workers' compensation. As a result, the whole process can become much more complex for the worker. For more information about how our law firm attempts to help our clients get off to the right start in a workers' compensation claim, please visit the overview section of our website.

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