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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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Experienced Lancaster Hurt at Work Lawyers

It is not uncommon for workers feel overwhelmed after suffering a debilitating injury or illness in a work-related incident, and rightfully so, as they are typically prioritizing a physical/mental recovery.  They may not be fully aware of their workers’ compensation entitlement, and what is required (procedurally speaking) to secure the benefits that they are owed under Pennsylvania law. The easiest way to navigate the claim process is to hire  Lancaster hurt at work lawyers.

What Documentation Do You Need to Apply for Worker’s Compensation?

Before you submit a workers’ compensation claim, you’ll want to consult a qualified attorney who can provide truly comprehensive assistance.  Your workers’ compensation attorney will handle a variety of responsibilities, from compiling documentary evidence of your injury, to connecting with experts who can provide supportive testimony and analyses, to submitting the application in accordance with the procedural requirements.

Depending on the circumstances, a skilled attorney will look for supportive documentation that includes, but is not necessarily limited, to:

  • Medical records (bills, diagnostic information, treatment analysis, and more)
  • Pay stubs and/or work scheduling data
  • Testimony/analysis by a career expert
  • Testimony/analysis by an accident reconstruction expert
  • And more

For example, if you are attempting to argue that you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits that cover three months of wage loss, then you’ll have to procure documentation (i.e., pay stubs or scheduling data) that proves you actually did not work during the asserted period of time.

Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Pennsylvania

Filing a workers’ compensation claim may seem straightforward, but there are a number of procedural issues to keep in mind.  First, you have only 120 days from the date of injury to notify your employer about the injury (and to let them know about your intentions to file a workers’ compensation claim).

It is generally better to notify your employer sooner, rather than later — if you notify your employer within 21 days of the injury, then you will begin to receive benefits from the injury date, whereas after those 21 days, you will begin to receive benefits from the reporting date.

Further, you should secure adequate medical attention (diagnostics, treatment, etc.) within a reasonable timeframe so that your employer does not argue that you exacerbated your own injuries by failing to seek proper medical attention.  In Pennsylvania, in the first 90 days after your injury, an “approved” physician may be necessary.  After the 90 day period has elapsed, however, you may select your own preferred physician.

After the short 120 day notification period has passed, you have a bit more breathing room.  In Pennsylvania, claimants have up to three years from the date of injury to file their workers’ compensation claim with the state.

Negotiating Your Settlement

Your employer’s insurance carrier may want to settle your workers’ compensation claim and offer you a lump-sum settlement. This settlement can include past, present and future wage loss benefits along with costs of your medical treatment. However, once you accept this settlement, it is final and you will not be able to pursue additional compensation in the future.

However, the employer and its insurance company are not motivated to give you the best number. They are looking out for their bottom line.

You need a lump-sum settlement that fairly compensates you for your injury, illness or disability. Our Lancaster hurt at work lawyers can help you understand your benefits, evaluate your situation and negotiate for the maximum settlement amount. If the settlement isn’t adequate, you will need to proceed through the full legal process for workers’ compensation claims.

Speak to Lancaster Hurt at Work Lawyers at the Vanasse Law Firm for a Free Initial Consultation

Attorney Mike Vanasse has spent over 25 years focused on providing comprehensive, compassionate legal representation to those who have been injured in work-related accidents and are seeking workers’ compensation benefits to cover their losses.  His tireless commitment to injured workers has given him a deep understanding of what is necessary to successfully obtain benefits (and in the event of a denial, what it takes to challenge the adverse determination).

Curious about whether you have an eligible workers’ compensation claim?  Get in touch to learn more.  Call Vanasse Law, LLC today at 717-397-1010 or contact us online to schedule a free and confidential consultation with an experienced Lancaster workman’s compensation lawyer.

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 >

Testimonials

“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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