What Should I Do If I Get Hurt on the Job?
You should always provide immediate notice to your supervisor if you are injured on the job, 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. It’s tempting to wait and see how your injury plays out before giving notice to your employer. This is not your best option. Here’s why you should act as quickly as possible after an injury at work:
- Just because you feel fine immediately after an accident does not always mean that you are uninjured. Sometimes you go to bed fine, but wake up the next day—or the next week—feeling horrible. Tolerable pain may progressively worsen.
- 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 inventing a claim.
- Some employers have lists of approved doctors you may visit following a work injury. Usually, those medical visits are covered at no cost to you. If you wait too long, you may not be eligible.
- Often, 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. As a result, they don't meet work quotas. This often results in a performance warning or even termination.
After you report the injury to your employer, contact a skilled workers’ compensation lawyer. Since 1999, our attorney has dealt exclusively with workers’ compensation cases in Pennsylvania, including Willow Grove, Warminster, Jenkintown, and the rest of our state. Let us fight on your side when you need it the most.
Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Benefits
If you’ve been hurt at work, Pennsylvania law provides for payment of wage loss, medical benefits, and more. Get in touch with us at Kaufman Workers' Compensation Law in Abington to see how you might be entitled to the following:
- Reimbursement of wages from the job that caused your injury
- Reimbursement of wages from any other jobs you held
- Medical benefits to cover doctors, physical therapy, specialist visits, surgery, medications, and devices like canes and knee braces
- Specific payments for vision loss, hearing loss, and scarring
- Fatal claim benefits payable to spouses, children, and dependents to replace the earnings of the loved one who they relied upon
- Fatal claim benefits to cover funeral expenses
There is never a charge for you to meet with our team. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that no attorney's fees will be paid unless and until you win your case.