How do I apply for Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
Technically your application for workers’ compensation benefits occurs when you notify your employer that you had an on the job injury. Your employer is then supposed to get back to you within the prescribed period of time (21 days) as to whether they are going to accept or deny your workers’ compensation claim. What happens in actuality is your employer turns the information over to their workers’ compensation insurance company who then gets in touch with you one way or the other. If the workers’ compensation insurance company denies your claim then you have three years from the date of your injury to file a claim with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation whose contact information is as follows: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, 1171 Cameron Street, Room 113, Harrisburg, PA 17104.
Often times a workers’ compensation insurance company will pick up your claim on what is called a “Temporary Notice of Compensation Payable”. This allows them to investigate and pick up a claim within 90 days and then turn the claim down for any reason they want if they determine that the claim is not a valid one or they simply don’t want to pick up your claim. This is a common practice workers’ compensation insurance companies use and hope that you will go away if you just receive a couple of weeks of compensation. There are many more facets and components to this procedural mechanism known as a Temporary Notice of Compensation Payable. Again there is no charge and no fee unless we recover something for you. Please bring yourself up to speed and know your rights. Knowledgeable information is wisdom that we all need and especially when it affects your physical health and economic well-being. Please contact my office and we can fill you in.