Claims, Medical Bills, & Settlements
Have you been injured at work? Audley Law offices has extensive experience representing injured workers and their families. Our attorneys are available to provide legal guidance and representation to ensure you receive appropriate medical care, wage assistance, or death benefits.
At Audley Law we work with you to determine:
Once we have developed a strong understanding of your case, we will fight for you before the workers' compensation judge both in establishing your right to benefits or in preserving benefits your employer is seeking to discontinue and in any appeals from decisions affecting your benefits. Audley Law attorneys have represented injured workers in Pennsylvania since 1990.
If you are interested in learning more, please refer to our list of frequently asked questions to the right or contact us at
(412)532-0089 for a consultation.
Frequently asked questions
What is workers' compensation?
Pennsylvania employers are required to provide insurance to cover employees who get hurt at work or became ill from employment. This insurance should pay wage loss for as long as the employee cannot work; medical bills for treatment of the injury or illness; specific amounts for permanent loss of the use of parts of the body and death benefits to surviving spouses and children.
Who is covered?
All employees, and anyone whose work is controlled by the employer even when called independent contractor, are covered by workers’ compensation insurance.
What should I do if injured at work?
First, you must report your injury to your employer. Even if you are not sure if you will miss work, you must report it. Failing to do so timely can result in you being denied benefits. Second, you should seek legal assistance in filing and pursuing your claim. Filing a claim, and proving your entitlement to benefits, is a complicated, legal process and you need an attorney with experience in workers’ compensation to make sure you get the benefits you deserve.
What if my claim is denied?
It is not unusual for an employer or its carrier to deny the initial claim filed. They count on employees giving up. Don’t. An attorney will file a Claim Petition, secure the evidence necessary to prove your claim and present your case to a Workers’ Compensation Judge.
How do i get medical care?
Pennsylvania Law allows an employer to designate certain medical providers as “panel physicians.” The workers’ compensation carrier is only required to pay for care provided by panel providers for the initial 90 days following the injury. If you have health insurance, you can treat with your own doctor, but those charges will have to be submitted to your health insurance. After the initial 90 days, you can treat with any provider.
What if my employer tries to stop the benefits I am receiving?
Your employer can try to stop your benefits by claiming that you have recovered or that there are lighter duty jobs available. You have the right, however, to contest these efforts.
Often, at the first hearing, a Judge will make an initial decision about whether your benefits will continue while the matter is litigated. It is, therefore, important that you have experienced counsel represent you at that first hearing.
Can I settle my workers'
You can settle your right to future wage loss and medical benefits for a lump sum at any time. It is important that you understand the effect the settlement will have on the payment for medical care. An experienced attorney will be able to maximize your recovery.
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