If you have been injured on the job, are incapable of working, are in pain, and have medical bills piling up, it's only right that you receive compensation not only for the time you are required to miss work, but also to make up for your debt and suffering.
However, it seems some employers will do everything in their power to avoid paying workers' compensation, even though Pennsylvania law says they are required to do so. Here are four common excuses employers use that you should watch out for. If your employer uses any of these or anything similar, contact a workers' compensation attorney immediately.
The injury was your fault, not ours.
Many employers will try to chalk injuries up to negligence of the injured party. This is simply not right. Maybe if the employee had been given clearer instructions, the injury would not have taken place. Maybe they were not properly trained, or maybe proper safety equipment was not provided.
Pointing fingers is irrelevant anyway because, in most cases, the employer is responsible for giving an injured worker workers' compensation, even if the injury is somehow partially or fully the worker's fault. Never accept this as an answer without consulting with a competent Pennsylvania workers' compensation attorney.
If you pursue this lawsuit we may have to fire you or lay you off.
It is not only completely unethical to fire an employee just for filing a workers' comp claim, it's also illegal. Do not let your employer bully you into not filing a claim out of fear of losing your job.
Our attorney says you don't have a case.
Neither the employer, the insurance company, nor their attorney are looking out for your best interest. If they are telling you this, chances are they haven't even consulted with an attorney yet and are merely trying to intimidate you. Get in touch with an attorney of your choosing and find out for yourself whether or not your benefits are worth fighting for.
Our company can't afford to cover your medical bills.
This is most likely not true and is another scare tactic to keep you from talking to legal representation. However, even if it is, it still your employer's responsibility. And, if money is an issue, it would be in their best interest to simply cover your medical bills without fighting your case in court. They may be able to save themselves a lot of time and money by settling or having a case mediation. However, you should agree to neither of these conditions without talking it over with your own attorney.
Remember, if you have been injured on the job, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers' compensation. If you live in the Harrisburg, Allentown, or Bethlehem area, contact PaWorkersCompHelpNow at 1-877-COMPHELP for a FREE consultation.