Do Not Be Afraid of Reporting an Injury
Last week we discussed many common excuses employer's use to trick their employees into not filing for workers' compensation. This week, we will look at some of the reasons many Pennsylvania workers are afraid of reporting work-related injuries and discuss some of the risks involved with not taking any action.
My Employer/Coworkers Will Think I am Faking
If you have been injured on the job, it is YOUR RIGHT to file for workers' compensation, and nobody has any business judging you for it. If anyone fakes a workers' compensation injury, a doctor will be able to tell. Once you are examined by a medical professional, it will become obvious that you are telling the truth. Do not let the fear of being judged prevent you from getting the benefits you are entitled to.
I Can't Afford To Miss Work
If the injury is a result of a work-related accident, the costs will be covered by your workers' compensation benefits. Workers' compensation benefits were put in place to protect injured workers while they cannot work and spend time getting better. If your claim is denied, get in touch with an attorney immediately for a case evaluation.
My Employer Will Fire Me
It is both illegal and unethical in the state of Pennsylvania for someone to be fired for merely reporting a work-related injury and filiing a workers' compensation claim. If this is something your employer has done in the past, or is something you suspect he or she may try to do, contact a Pennsylvania workers' compensation attorney for advice on how to move forward.
I Can't Afford an Attorney
Most attorneys do not charge workers' compensation clients unless the case is won. If the case is won and the client is required to pay some small legal fees, he or she is still better off than they would have been had they not hired an attorney. If the case is lost, you may be out a small amount of time you spent consulting with your attorney, but you will not be out any major amounts of money. Besides, if an attorney does not think you will have a case, they will most likely tell you so and not agree to take on your case. Fighting a workers' compensation claim is not much of a gamble.
The Injury Was My Fault
Fault is not an issue that often comes up in workers' compensation cases, as the employer is required to cover all work-related injuries, regardless of how they happened. However, even those that THINK the injury was their own fault are often wrong. Maybe you had never been told that you were performing a task unsafely. Maybe with more training or better safety equipment (which should be provided by your employer), the injury would have never taken place. It's never a good idea to put all of the blame on yourself without consulting with an attorney.
Failing to report a work-related injury not only puts you at risk for missing out on workers' compensation benefits, but also can be harmful to your health and income. What may seem like a simple injury today could easily turn into something more serious with time, repeated motions, or aggravation. All work injuries should be reported immediately, no matter how small.
Also, many injured workers, although they continue to work, will seek medical attention on their time off and try to cover the expenses themselves. Even if you are able to continue working, your employer is still responsible for covering expenses for all medical treatment of work-related injuries. Do not let yourself carry any unnecessary financial burdens if you are already suffering from a work-related injury.
If you have been injured on the job and live in the Harrisburg, Reading, or York area, contact PaWorkersCompHelpNow at 1-877-COMPHELP for a FREE consultation. Do not miss out on the benefits you are entitled to.