If you are not severely injured:
If you are severely injured:
My employer wants me to complete a report regarding my injury. Should I?
Yes, as soon as you are able. But make sure you are very detailed, fully describing how, when and where you were injured. If someone else fills it out for you, read it carefully before you sign it. Also, make sure you get a copy of this report from your employer.
For my work injury, am I required to be treated by a specific physician?
Possibly. But after you have gotten the emergency treatment that you need, consult with an attorney before any follow-up treatment. That way all your rights are protected.
When I'm being treated for my work injury, what records should I keep?
Because of my injuries, I can't work. What do I do now?
If a medical provider tells you that you cannot work because of your injuries:
However, if your employer tells you not to file for workers' compensation or if your claim is denied, talk to a workers' compensation attorney.
How can I afford an attorney at a time like this?
We represent injured workers on a contingent basis. That means we don't get paid until you get your workers' compensation checks. Our contingent fee is deducted from the weekly benefits you receive.
I think I'll just settle my claim on my own. I like the idea of a lump sum.
Although you legally are able to settle your claim on your own and receive a lump sum, you will not receive it until the workers' compensation judge is certain you understand how the settlement affects your rights into the future and you are adequately protected. Many judges won't approve a settlement unless you have an attorney. So before you try to tell the judge you understand, consult a workers' comp attorney.
If you have other questions that are not covered here, contact an attorney at The Law Office of James R. Flandreau in Media, Pennsylvania. Our lawyers focus on workers' comp cases; in fact, founder James R. Flandreau is a specialist* in workers' compensation. You can reach us either online or by calling 610-565-4750. for your free initial consultation.
* Certified as a specialist in the practice of workers' compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Section on Workers' Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
There are strict time limits in workers' compensation and in Social Security cases, so do not delay.