Work Injuries Are Serious Matters
Work injuries can have lasting effects. Whether you have sustained broken bones, head injuries, back injuries, neck injuries or more serious injuries like amputated or permanently damaged body parts, it might become difficult for you to complete your work. At Phillips, Phillips & Smith-Delach, P.C., our attorneys have nearly 100 years of combined experience in the full range of personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. No matter the scope of your accident or the severity of your injuries, you should follow three steps.
- Report the incident as soon as possible. Some employees might worry that they will get in trouble or be held to blame for the accident. Workers’ compensation cases are no-fault cases. This means that as long as you were performing job responsibilities (not engaging in horse-play, not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, for example), you will not be blamed for the accident and your resulting injuries. Having said that, however, every workers’ compensation case is different. An experienced lawyer can provide the direction you need. Report the incident in writing. Work with your employer to ensure that all of the necessary injury forms are filled out.
- Seek medical attention. It is common for an employer to have a relationship with a particular doctor or urgent care facility. Get this information from your supervisor or human resources department. Even if you feel the injury is minor, you should still visit a medical professional. This way, you can be thoroughly examined, and the doctor will begin compiling a medical record of your accident and resulting injuries.
- File a workers’ compensation claim. In reality, the sooner the better. Several factors can influence the timing of the filing process. It is wise to work with a knowledgeable workers’ compensation firm to ensure you meet all of the deadlines and your paperwork is completed properly.
If you are filing a claim or your claim was already denied, a workers’ comp attorney can provide the direction you need. Our attorneys have handled cases throughout southwestern Pennsylvania, including Washington, Allegheny, Greene, Fayette and Westmoreland counties. If you or a loved one was hurt at work, call or email our firm today. There is no fee unless we win. If your injury prevents you from coming to our office, we can come to your home or hospital room.