In this post, we may be painting with a bit of a broad brush, but in most cases, it can be pretty easy to determine who has your best interest in mind when filing a Pennsylvania workers' compensation claim. Below is some information you can use to determine what you can expect from each of these parties.
Your Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Attorney
Obviously, your PA workers' compensation attorney is going to be looking out for your best interest. However, it is to your advantage to hire an attorney that is experienced and certified in the field of Pennsylvania workers' compensation. If your attorney tells you to do something, you have no reason to mistrust them.
If your employer denies your Pennsylvania workers' compensation claim, there is a good chance they are hiding some information from you. Employers will often come up with invalid excuses for not allowing someone to receive Pennsyvalnia workers' compensation benefits. They will often bully their workers into believing that the injury was the fault of their own, that their injury is not serious enough for Pennsylvania workers' compensation, or even tell them that if they file for workers' comp they will be fired. These are all unethical tactics used to bully people around. You should never believe anything your employer tells you in regards to Pennsylvania workers' compensation without first consulting with an attorney.
The Insurance Company
The insurance company will likely be even more against you than your employer. They will do anything they can to avoid covering your Pennsylvania workers' compensation claim. This includes hiring private investigators to follow you around with a camera, monitoring your social media accounts, and accusing you of fraud.
The Independent Medical Exam Doctor
For your Independent Medical Exam, you are required to visit a doctor of the insurance company's choosing. Because of this, there is a good chance they are going to do whatever they can to side with the insurance company. To get the most out of this exam, it's in your best interest that you memorize the details, arrive on time, and be polite. The last thing you want to do is anger or lie to your doctor.
If you live in the Harrisburg, State College, or Lancaster area and have been injured on the job, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 for a free conslutation. Do not miss out on the benefits you are entitled to.