About Workers’ Compensation
Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias Attorneys
What Is Workers’ Compensation?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 170 people were killed in fatal workplace accidents in Pennsylvania during 2015. The same year, more than 163,000 Pennsylvanians suffered non-fatal work injuries, such as bone fractures, dislocated joints, and whiplash. Many of these deaths and injuries occurred at companies in Philadelphia, one of Pennsylvania’s fastest growing economic centers. If you, your husband or wife, or one of your family members was injured at work in Philadelphia, or if a loved one was killed in a fatal job-related accident, financial compensation may be available under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act.
While workers’ compensation can provide financial security for you and your family, it’s often difficult for injury victims to get benefits – even when they are qualified. Workers’ compensation laws are very complex, and unfortunately, it is not uncommon for injured workers to face obstacles like improper claim denials, inaccurate medical diagnoses, employer retaliation, and delays in receiving benefits. Equipped with over 60 years of combined experience handling work injury claims in Philadelphia and its suburbs, the aggressive Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers of Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias can make sure that your claim is filed properly, that your employer does not violate your legal rights, and that you receive robust representation at any workers’ compensation hearing you are required to attend.
Our law firm handles workers’ compensation claims on behalf of injured workers throughout Philadelphia, including South Philadelphia, West Philadelphia, North Philadelphia, Center City, and Philadelphia’s suburbs. For a free consultation about how we can help with your claim, contact our law offices right away at (610) 892-9300.
What Types of Job Accidents and Injuries are Covered?
It’s a common misconception that only certain types of injuries or accidents will entitle an employee to workers’ compensation. In reality, a wide array of accidents and injuries are covered under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, which applies to virtually all Philadelphia-based employers with a few narrow exceptions. Generally speaking, a work-related injury is covered as long as the following facts are true:
- The injury occurred while the employee was working, whether on-site or off-site
- The injury was not intentionally self-inflicted
- The injury did not result from the worker’s own intoxication
- The worker is covered by the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, which is true of most employees in Pennsylvania
- The worker promptly reported the injury to his or her employer. Failure to report an injury to the employer may result in the denial of the workers’ compensation claim
Otherwise, it generally does not matter exactly how an injury occurred or who is at fault for the injury. However, it must be an injury that occurred at work or was caused by the conditions experienced at work. Common workplace accidents that may be covered under Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation laws include:
- Accidents at Work Functions and Events
- Airport Accidents
- Building Collapse Accidents
- Chemical Exposure Accidents
- Company Car Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Factory Accidents
- Falls from Heights
- Fires and Explosions
- Industrial Spill Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Warehouse and Manufacturing Accidents
- Workplace Assault and Violence
These and other work-related accidents can produce hundreds of different injuries, or result in the death of the victim. Examples of workplace injuries that may entitle the victim to benefits including:
- Amputation Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Bone Fractures
- Burn Injuries
- Cancer and Other Occupational Diseases
- Chemical Exposure Injuries
- Cuts and Lacerations
- Dislocated Joints
- Elbow Injuries
- Electrical Shocks
- Foot and Ankle Injuries
- Hand and Wrist Injuries
- Hearing Loss (Deafness)
- Heart Attack
- Hip Injuries
- Knee Injuries
- Nerve Damage
- Scarring and Disfigurement
- Shoulder Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Torn Ligaments
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Vision Loss (Blindness)
What Benefits Does the Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation System Provide?
The workers’ compensation system in Philadelphia provides a range of different benefits. The types of workers’ compensation benefits that may be available in your case must be analyzed by an experienced attorney, but will depend on the nature of your injury, and how you were financially and medically impacted as a result. Possible workers’ compensation benefits for injured workers in Philadelphia, or for their dependents in cases of fatal injury, include the following…
If your husband, wife or a close relative suffered a fatal injury related to his or her job, death benefits are likely available. Our workers’ compensation attorneys in Philadelphia can help provide support and guide your family through this difficult time.
Serious injuries will require a doctor’s visit and follow-up care, at a minimum. Serious injuries may also require surgery, prescription drugs, and rehabilitative treatment. Workers’ compensation can cover these medical costs.
If you lose the use of certain abilities or body parts through amputation or other injuries, including your sense of sight or hearing, you can receive compensation for the reduction in your quality of life. Specific loss benefits are generally awarded in addition to other workers’ compensation benefits. Working with a workers’ comp lawyer in Philadelphia can help ensure that you present the evidence effectively to maximize compensation.
If your job-related injury caused you to miss time from work, work fewer hours, or take on a lower paying position at the company, you are likely entitled to wage-loss benefits. However, the proof required will vary on the basis of each claim. Working with an attorney who understands the type and volume of evidence required to secure wage benefits can make a significant difference in your likelihood of success.
Our Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Can Help
The experienced workers’ compensation benefits lawyers of Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias are dedicated to assisting Philadelphians who have suffered workplace injuries. Whether your injury was caused by a vehicular accident, exposure to volatile chemicals, or another workplace condition or event, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.
The work injury attorneys of Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias can help you assess your injury and your likelihood of securing compensation. Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias attorney Mark Schmidt is 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. To schedule a free consultation, call our law offices at (610) 892-9300 or contact us online.