As the Holiday Season approaches, people often search for ways to make extra money in order to buy that perfect Christmas gift. People young and old eagerly fill positions at malls and Christmas tree farms hiring seasonal help. Unfortunately, seasonal workers statistically tend to suffer injuries more than the "year-round" employees.
During the last 13 years, at least 30 states have changed laws designed to protect injured workers - to the detriment of employees. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently concluded that this trend to the bottom creates a tremendous risk for injured workers to tailspin into poverty. And the federal government is considering stepping in.
In today's fast-paced work world, every employee is trying to meet a constant deadline. Over the years of handling thousands of workers' compensation matters, I have seen numerous employees suffer injuries while attempting to finish jobs in a quick manner. Often, the worker does not initially report their injury. Instead, the worker simply turns to the next task at hand and continues working.
If you or a member of your family has suffered an injury on the job, or if you have tragically lost a family member while he or she was on the job, you need to enlist the services of an attorney who is skilled and experienced in handlingworkplace injury litigation and workers' compensation claims. At Winegar Wilhelm Glynn & Roemersma, our legal team features some of the most esteemed and successful workplace injury and workers' compensation lawyers in the nation. Their impressive record of success in handling claims involving Pennsylvania workplace injuries is a testament to their ability to help injured workers and their families get back on their feet after devastating workplace accidents that create unforeseeable economic, emotional, and physical hardships in their lives.
If you have sustained an injury at your place of work and are no longer able to perform your assigned job duties as a result, you are almost certainly eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits. It is important to note, however, that you may also be entitled to collect damages from a third party or, if you meet very stringent criteria, from your employer by filing a personal injury lawsuit. The Pennsylvania workers' comp experts of the law firm of Winegar Wilhelm Glynn & Roemersma can evaluate your circumstances and advise you of the best course of action to take in your particular case.
In this new economic climate, employers are laying off several employees. These layoffs impact the safety of workers who remain on the job. Specifically, workers are now required to perform multiple tasks without the same level of help from other co workers. There are two major rules which every injured worker should adhere to: 1) Report the injury the day of the accident and 2) Inform your doctor the accident occurred at work.
Injured workers who are either on medicare or have a reasonable expectation of being on medicare within 30 months and have settled a case for $250,000, must obtain medicare approval. The medicare standards are presently found in memorandums issued by CMS.These memorandums are notorious for containing language such as "these rules can be changed at any time by CMS". Injured workers are faced with a dilemma: either settle the compensation case with the risk of medicare changing the rules at any time or try the compensation case to a conclusion. Hopefully, the end to this horrible problem may be in sight. In May of this year, new legislation was introduced called the "Medicare Secondary Payer and Workers' Compensation Settlement Act of 2007" . The bill attempts to create clear and concise guidelines for workers compensation attorneys.
Unfortunately, many workers who suffer an injury require hospitalization and surgery. Under the New Jersey Compensation System, the compensation carrier has the right to control your medical care. If the compensation carrier denies your case, you will receive medicals bills in the mail. THIS IS AN OVERWHELMING EXPERIENCE. The medical bills sent by a hospital are generally high when you do not have medical insurance and the compensation carrier refuses to pay those bills. If an insurance company is involved, the medical bills get "repriced". In other words, the insurance company tells the hospital it is willing to pay a smaller amount. The hospital generally cannot then balance bill the patient. However, when there is no insurance company, injured workers should contact the hospital and ask about a charity care program. Charity Care programs allow injured workers with no insurance to pay a substantially lower amount for medical bills.