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Common Questions That Injured Workers Ask Our Law Firm
A large part of our Workers’ Compensation practice at Shabbick & Associates, PC consists of educating clients, interpreting laws and fielding their questions. Our attorneys encourage inquiries from people injured on the job and family members.
We welcome questions you may have about how to get compensation for your injuries occurring at your workplace. See our Workers’ Compensation page, for starters. We also gladly share here some of the most common questions we hear from new clients:
- Can I sue my employer after an accidental injury at work? Normally, the answer to this question is no. However, you should be able to collect Workers’ Compensation benefits. There are rare exceptions to the normal rule of “no suing employers.” Ask an attorney if a lawsuit is an option, in addition to a Workers’ Compensation claim.
- What if someone else, not my employer, caused or contributed to the accident? You may have cause to bring a third-party liability claim or lawsuit. Many injured workers can get started having medical bills covered right away through Workers’ Compensation while pursuing a third-party liability claim. Our law firm has helped many Pennsylvania workers’ follow these dual paths to relief after being injured on the job.
- Can I see my own doctor after an on-the-job injury? Your employer or its insurer may expect you to seek medical care at a clinic it recommends, or you may be able to choose your care providers, or both. If you want a second medical opinion, we can advise you of your rights.
- Can my employer fire or demote me after an injury I suffered while doing my job? In most cases the answer is not right away. However, after a time of recuperation, your employer may eventually say you can no longer fulfill the requirements of your job. Bring us your concerns about your continued employability.
- Can I get compensation through my private or employer-provided health insurance, in addition to Workers’ Compensation benefits? Probably yes, but that company may expect to be repaid after your Workers’ Compensation benefits kick in. Also, many people’s health insurance carries high deductibles. Through Workers’ Compensation, you will not normally have copays to worry about.
- What should I do if my employer or its Workers’ Compensation insurer puts up obstacles when I try to initiate a Workers’ Compensation claim? Be proactive and assert your rights to your rightful Workers’ Compensation benefits. If necessary, bring an appeal.