Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Erie, PA
Workers’ Comp Attorneys Represent Workplace Accident Victims in Erie County, Crawford County, and Across Western Pennsylvania
If you suffered an injury while working, you have the right to compensation through the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation system. This benefit applies to almost all employees in PA. Moreover, it does not matter who caused your injury. An accident-causing injury in the workplace could even be your fault and you could still receive benefits. Although the law’s intent is clear, employers and their insurance companies do not always implement the law to help injured workers. Rather, they can delay payment or claim that an injury was not job related. When that happens, injured workers need help to obtain the workers’ comp benefits they deserve.
That is where we come in. Our Erie law firm, Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., helps injured employees in PA obtain full and fair workers’ compensation benefits. Our attorneys have many years of experience obtaining compensation for people injured in all types of accidents, and we use our knowledge of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation system to help workers who were injured on the job.
What Injured Erie Workers Can Expect from Workers’ Compensation
Pennsylvania workers’ comp includes the following benefits for injured employees:
- Wage loss benefits that are usually two-thirds of a worker’s weekly wages, although higher-paid workers may receive less than that percentage.
- Medical treatment, pharmacy bills, physical therapy, and hospital charges.
- Payment for disfigurement and amputation, such as scars and loss of limbs.
- Medical supplies and devices.
The families of workers who died because of a work injury in Pennsylvania can also receive death benefits that include payment for funeral and burial expenses, as well as a weekly payment. The amount of this payment varies according to the amount the deceased worker earned and the beneficiary’s relationship to the deceased.
Common Causes of Work-Related Injuries in Pennsylvania
Although there are many injuries and illnesses eligible for workers’ compensation in PA, some are more common than others. This includes injuries caused by:
- Slip and falls
- Bodily reaction
- Struck by object
- Struck against or between an object
- Highway accident
- Machinery accidents
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Workplace assaults
- Car accidents
These incidents cause broken bones, head injuries, allergic reactions, spinal cord injuries, muscle and ligament pain, organ damage, blindness, hearing loss, and many other injuries or illnesses. They may also worsen earlier injuries and conditions.
Our attorneys advocate for workers’ compensation benefits for all classification of employees, including the most frequently injured workers in PA. Frequently injured workers include police and security officers, nursing aides and orderlies, janitors and cleaners, and semi-truck drivers. These jobs have significant physical requirements and expose employees to a variety of risks.
How Our Erie Attorneys Help with Workers’ Compensation Claims
We help injured employees in Pennsylvania file workers’ compensation claims for benefits and appeals when Social Security denies or underpays a claim. We attend hearings where we present the evidence the judge needs to make a determination in your case. We answer your questions about the workers’ compensation process. Pennsylvania law limits attorney’s fees to 20 percent of any settlement you receive, and the money comes from your retroactive benefits. These are benefits due you from the time you became disabled to the time the benefit was awarded. This means you have no out-of-pocket costs. Furthermore, if our law firm is not able to help you obtain workers’ comp benefits, you owe us nothing.
We also handle third-party work injury claims. These are personal injury claims against someone who caused you injury through negligence—someone who is not your employer. An example of such a claim is an employee who drives a vehicle for an employer. If that employee suffers injury in a car or truck accident caused by another person’s negligence, our attorneys can potentially file a personal injury claim against the other driver, in addition to obtaining workers’ compensation benefits.
Contact Our Pennsylvania Law Firm for Help with Your Workers’ Compensation Claim in Erie, PA
For more information, contact the experienced and knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyers at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. in Erie, PA. Call or use our online contact form. Let us answer your questions about workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania and help you get the workers’ comp benefits you need after an on-the-job injury.