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Kaufman Workers' Compensation Law is committed to outstanding legal representation of injured workers and exceptional client service. You can count on us to promptly return calls and to answer the questions you have, when you have them. There is nothing more frustrating and anxiety-provoking than leaving message after message for your attorney and wondering what is happening in your case. Our promise is to provide frequent updates and to always respond within 24 hours to your inquiries. Hate to talk on the phone? We will keep in touch via e-mail and our secure on-line client portal.
A Real Attorney-Client Relationship
By choosing a solo practitioner instead of a mega-firm, you have the immense advantage of having the same attorney from start to finish, an attorney that knows your case and knows you. I will personally attend all the events in your case. This ensures the best possible representation and results. With large firms, you can never be certain that the attorney you initially met will be the same one that handles your hearings or even that you will talk to the same attorney twice. Jenifer will always be the one to answer your legal questions, not a paralegal.
We Know Workers' Compensation
Jenifer limits her practice to workers’ compensation, social security and veterans’ benefits. Law is like medicine. You choose a cardiologist for your heart and a dermatologist for your skin. When you are injured on the job, choose Certified Workers’ Compensation specialist Jenifer Kaufman who has dedicated her legal career to workers' compensation and who is a Pennsylvania Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist. *
You should always provide immediate notice to your supervisor if you are injured on the job or involved in a work accident, even if you think you are going to be okay in a few days or will not need to miss work. If possible, ask to fill out an incident report. Many people ask, why not wait and see how it goes before giving notice?
Just because you are not in pain after an accident does not always mean that you are not injured. Sometimes you go to bed fine and wake up the next day feeling like a train hit you. Tolerable pain may progressively worsen. If it does turn out you are fine, no harm has been done by reporting the incident.
The other reasons to give notice right away are that some employers require drug testing after an accident or will give you the chance to work light-duty. Some employers also have lists of approved doctors to treat with following a work injury. Usually those medical visits are covered at no cost to you.
Furthermore, waiting days or weeks to report an injury makes the insurance company think that you were injured at home or that you have some other reason for making up a claim. Many times, well-meaning and honest people keep working in pain after they are injured. They don’t want to rock the boat by reporting an injury and hope the pain will go away on its own. As a result, they don’t meet quotas or leave work early due to their injury. This often results in a performance warning or even being fired.
Waiting until you are disciplined or fired for performance issues to report a work injury pretty much guarantees your claim will be denied. The insurance company will not view you as the loyal, hard-working employee you are, but as someone looking for revenge.
Pennsylvania workers’ compensation laws provide coverage for all types of work injuries, even ones you might not have thought of as covered. In addition to common low back and musculoskeletal injuries, did you know the following injuries are covered in Pennsylvania?
The list goes on and on. Not sure if your injury is covered? Call us. We call you back.
If you work in Pennsylvania or the accident happened here, you are covered. It does not matter if you are a temporary worker, if you are paid in cash, live out-of-state, or even if the accident happened the first day on the job.
Pennsylvania generally excludes independent contractors from workers’ compensation. However, just because your employer calls you an independent contractor does not mean that you really are one. If your employer tells you what to do and controls all aspects of your work, you may actually be an employee able to receive workers’ compensation. Landscapers, truck drivers and construction laborers are often intentionally mislabeled as independent contractors by their employers to avoid workers’ compensation claims.
Not sure if you are covered? Call us. We call you back.
Pennsylvania law provides for payment of wage loss and medical benefits, among others. Wage loss benefits are paid at the rate of 2/3 to 90% of your pre-injury income, depending on your actual earnings.
You do not need to miss work to be entitled to workers’ compensation. Medical-only claims are covered and the law provides for payment of medical bills, with no co-pays. Medical benefits include payment for treatment with doctors, physical therapy, specialist visits, surgery, injections, medications and devices like canes and knee braces.
In addition to wage loss from the job you are injured at, you are also entitled to collect wage loss for any other jobs you had at the time of your injury if you can’t work.
If you do return to work but can only work part-time or earn less money as a result of your injury, you can get workers’ compensation wage loss benefits in the amount of 2/3 of the loss of your earnings.
Other benefits available include specific payments for loss of extremities, vision loss, hearing loss, and scarring on the face and neck. You do not need to miss work to claim these benefits. Fatal claim benefits are payable to spouses, children and dependents to replace the earnings of the loved one that they relied upon, and to defer funeral expenses.
You have the absolute right to represent yourself, but if you do, the Judge is not allowed to go easy on you or to give you legal advice. The Judge is required to hold you to the same standards as your employer’s attorney. You will be expected to take medical depositions at your own expense and to know what your burden of proof is and how to meet it.
Most employer attorneys only handle workers’ compensation cases and know the law and the Judges extremely well. No matter how nice they may be, the fact is that they only represent your employer’s interests, which are rarely the same as yours. It is their job to settle for the lowest amount possible, not for what the case would resolve for if you had an attorney. Even if the defense attorney knows you are selling your case short and feels bad about it inside, he or she cannot ethically tell you that.
By choosing Kaufman Law you are taking control of your case by being represented by a Certified Workers' Compensation Expert that will always act in your best interest to get you all the benefits you deserve.
Free Consultation and No Fee Unless We Win
There never a charge for you to meet with us. Under the law, workers’ compensation attorneys are only allowed to charge a 20% contingency fee, which means no attorneys fees will be paid unless and until you win your case. The 20% will be deducted from any wage loss benefits awarded or settlement received. You never write us a check.
Now that medical marijuana is legal in Pennsylvania, you might be wondering if you can use it as treatment for your work injury, and if so, will workers’ compensation pay for it. The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act does not require insurers (including workers’ compensation carriers) to pay for medical marijuana treatment. However, the question of whether injured workers can be reimbursed for the cost of medical marijuana treatment remains to be answered. Courts in New Jersey, New Mexico, Connecticut and Minnesota have directed reimbursement in certain cases.
This issue is a new and evolving one which I have great interest in. Medical marijuana provides an opportunity for meaningful pain relief from chronic work injuries, and the chance to reduce or eliminate the use of narcotics.
I wrote an article which was published in May 2018 in the Legal Intelligencer’s Cannabis Law Supplement on this very issue and am scheduled to speak in the next few months at two statewide workers’ compensation seminars about this unanswered question. Workers’ Compensation Judges and attorneys will be in attendance at both. I am also proud to serve as the Workers’ Compensation Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Business Law Section Hemp and Medical Marijuana Committee.
If you use or are considering the use of medical marijuana for an accepted work injury, please contact me to discuss pursuing reimbursement of your out-of-pocket costs.
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Our office is located minutes away from the Dresher (Montgomery County) workers’ compensation hearing office and within walking distance of Abington Memorial Hospital.
Office is convenient to Philadelphia, Lower Bucks and Eastern Montgomery Counties with free off-street parking. Septa 55 bus stop in front of building (Southbound) and across the street (Northbound).
Not convenient enough for you? I will meet you at a location convenient to your home or workplace. Evening hours available.