Do I need a lawyer if employer is paying my workers' comp?

Kathleen J. Hayne Robertson - workers-compensation - Super Lawyers

About Kathleen J. Hayne Robertson

Dallas W. Hartman, P.C.
201 Green Ridge Rd
New Castle, PA
Phone: 724-652-4081
Fax: 724-652-8380

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[GRAPHIC: Ask Super Lawyers, Should I contact a lawyer if my employer is paying my workers' compensation in Pennsylvania? Attorney Kathleen Robertson responds.]

Kathleen Robertson: A lot of times when clients come to us and they're already receiving workers' compensation benefits, in reviewing their file and reviewing their bureau records, we will often find mistakes in the calculation of their average weekly wage or comp rate, which results in the injured worker not receiving the correct amount of benefits. It's always good to have an attorney look at the description of injury in a case, because it is very important. A lot of times when the initial notice of compensation payable is issued or the agreement for comp is issued, that is done very shortly after the injury occurs. Those documents are supposed to be issued within the first 21 days. During that time period, there's not always an accurate diagnosis. So, on a lot of those documents, you will see injuries listed as sprain/strain injury, and if that is not changed or clarified, that can cause problems down the road in a case.

[GRAPHIC: Ask Super Lawyers, Kathleen Robertson, Dallas W. Hartman, P.C., Pennsylvania, 800-777-4081, dallashartman.com]

[End of Should I Contact A Lawyer audio]

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