A: Workers injured in any on the job accident have a right to make a workers’ compensation claim under Pennsylvania law. However, there may be additional claims which can be made against other parties, such as contractors, subcontractors or product manufacturers. The downside of workers’ compensation is that while it pays for medical treatment, it only pays a percentage of the worker’s weekly wage and does not provide benefits for pain and suffering. If another party is liable for the accident, the worker could recover not only all lost wages, but also medical benefits and pain and suffering damages.
Many workers make the mistake of making only a workers’ compensation claim or only seek the advice of a workers’ compensation lawyer. There is a difference between a workers’ compensation lawyer and a workplace injury lawyer. Workers’ compensation lawyers specialize in workers’ compensation laws. Workplace accident lawyers on the other hand will review the facts and conduct an investigation to determine viability of other non-workers’ compensation claims. Most Pennsylvania workplace accident lawyers work on contingency. They will meet with the worker, review the facts and conduct an investigation to determine if there is a case. If there is no case, the worker pays nothing. So, in essence, it costs a worker nothing to have the case reviewed by a workplace accident lawyer in Pennsylvania.
It is important to have the case reviewed by a workplace accident lawyer AND a workers’ compensation lawyer to ensure maximum recovery, especially in cases of death or serious injury.
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Published: June 11, 2012