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Mike recovers maximum dollars on behalf of his clients.  His track record and personalized comprehensive approach means that he achieves the highest possible benefits for injured workers. He is one of only a few certified specialists in Worker’s Compensation Law, and he uses his knowledge to get the best case values for his clients.

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Solely Dedicated to Serving the Needs of Injured WorkersIf you’re looking for a workers compensation lawyer in Lancaster, PA, you’ve arrived at the right place. At Vanasse Law LLC, we focus exclusively on representing the victims of workplace injuries and illnesses of all types. While many larger law firms focus on many areas of practice, workers’ compensation is all we do. We have been very successful in obtaining benefits for injured workers in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Our law firm will aggressively help you pursue all the benefits you need for your medical care, lost wages and any other type of workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to receive. Each year we recover millions of dollars in benefits for our clients.

Experienced and certified Lancaster workers’ compensation attorney Mike Vanasse has spent more than 28 years involved in workers’ compensation law, and he can help any injured worker. Vanasse Law, LLC focuses on the following areas of workers’ compensation in Lancaster:

Top Mistakes to Avoid When Filing a Workers’ Comp Claim

After you suffer a work injury, you may be preparing to file a workers’ compensation claim.  It’s important to note, however, that there are a number of ways in which you might unintentionally undermine or otherwise damage your chances of being awarded such benefits.

Consider the following.

Delaying Medical Care

Delaying medical care — whether you delay the diagnostic evaluation, treatment, or rehabilitation — relating to your work injury could create serious setbacks for the success of your workers’ compensation claim.  Employers may deny your claim on the basis that you are exaggerating your injury.  As a general rule, your failure to obtain medical care in a timely manner will be used to undermine the seriousness of your claim.

Waiting to Notify Your Employer

Waiting to notify your employer about the work injury is not only likely to undermine your workers’ compensation claim (as the employer may argue that you are being dishonest about your injuries) but may also lead to procedural roadblocks.  In Pennsylvania, if you fail to notify your employer within four months of the work injury (e.g. 120 days), then you will no longer have a right to workers’ compensation benefits.

Using an Undesignated Healthcare Provider

Depending on the details of your workers’ compensation plan, your employer may require that you obtain medical care for your work injury at a designated healthcare provider (at least in the early stages after your injury).  If you seek the assistance of an undesignated healthcare provider, then you might be in violation of the terms of your workers’ compensation plan. However, once ninety (90) days have passed since you began treatment for your injury, under the law you are then free to select the healthcare provider of your choice and are not limited to the list that the insurance company or employer designated.

Failing to Consult a Qualified Attorney

Once you’ve been injured, your employer — and the insurance carrier — will likely attempt to persuade you into accepting reduced benefits or admitting that your injury is not as serious as you are claiming it to be.  Though you may be “ready” to take a defensive stance, it’s quite easy for first-time claimants to make mistakes and accidentally make statements or enter into agreements that could have a negative impact on their ability to secure workers’ compensation benefits.  It’s critical that you consult a qualified Lancaster workers’ compensation attorney who understands the landscape of such disputes and can coach you through the process.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Who is eligible for workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania?

A: In Pennsylvania, all employees are covered by workers’ compensation, but are only eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits if they have suffered a work injury.  Under Pennsylvania law, a “work injury” is any injury, illness, or other condition that occurs in the workplace or in the course and scope of one’s employment.  For example, if you are a pizza delivery driver, then you’d likely be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you were injured in a car accident while delivering pizzas to customers.

Q: Are dependents able to recover workers’ comp benefits after a fatal workplace accident?

A: Yes.  In Pennsylvania, if an employee dies from a work injury, then a dependent family member may file a fatal claim petition to receive  compensation.  The dependents eligible to receive such death benefit payments may include the surviving spouse, children, parents, siblings, and even the estate of the deceased (in certain circumstances).

Q: How long do workers’ comp benefits last?

A: Workers’ compensation benefits in Pennsylvania last indefinitely, unless and until the injured employee reaches a lump sum buyout (or other settlement), dies, makes a recovery from their disabling injury/condition, or returns to work earning the same about or more than they earned previously.  If those conditions are satisfied, then workers’ compensation benefits will be terminated.

Q: How are my workers’ comp benefits affected if I’m at fault for my injuries?

A: Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits are awarded on a no fault  basis.  In other words, it is irrelevant who was at-fault for causing the injury under most circumstances.  For example, if you are speeding while delivering pizzas, and you are injured in a subsequent car accident, then you would still be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits (despite the fact that you are at least partially at-fault for the injuries).

Pennsylvania law does, however, prevent the receipt of workers’ compensation benefits if the employee:

  • Intentionally caused their own injuries
  • Was intoxicated at the time of the accident
  • Was engaged in illegal activity at the time, which caused the injuries
  • Were attacked by a third-party
  • And more

Q: What happens to my workers’ comp benefits if I quit my job?

A: Quitting your job can have an impact on your workers’ compensation benefits in Pennsylvania, so it’s important that you be careful to consult a qualified attorney before you proceed with quitting.  Generally speaking, voluntarily quitting will prevent you from receiving further workers’ compensation benefits, but if you can show that you quit your job due to your injuries (or for some other justified reason, such as a hostile work environment or discrimination due to your disability), then you can continue to receive benefits.

Call a Lancaster Workers’ Compensation Attorney To Learn More

We can help you make sure that you do not leave any potential benefits on the table. To obtain experienced, effective legal representation, contact us online or by calling 717-397-1010 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Lancaster workers’ compensation attorney at our office in Lancaster. We also offer after hours consultations.

 

Why Vanasse Law?

See the many reasons Vanasse Law’s dedication, expertise and personal attention makes us THE best choice for injured workers in central Pennsylvania.

Learn More >

How Vanasse Law Can Maximize Your Results

Mike recovers maximum dollars on behalf of his clients.  His track record and personalized comprehensive approach means that he achieves the highest possible benefits for injured workers. He is one of only a few certified specialists in Worker’s Compensation Law, and he uses his knowledge to get the best case values for his clients.

Learn More >

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“I am so thankful that I was referred to Vanasse Law for my workmans comp claim. Mike & Loraine put me at ease and the outcome was better than I expected…”

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