Timeline: How Long will my workers’ compensation case take?
The most common question from clients is how long their Workers’ Compensation case will take. To answer this question, it is important to understand the claim process. If your claim has been denied, or the insurance company simply has not acted on your claim, a Claim Petition will need to be filed. It is the injured workers burden of proof to establish all of the elements to support a claim, including the happening of an accident occurring while working, which results in an injury causing a disability. Evidence needs to be obtained, including testimony from the injured worker and a treating healthcare provider. Most evidence can be gathered within 90 days. The insurance company then has an opportunity to present evidence to defend the claim. Often the insurance company will present testimony from an employer witness and a physician who evaluated the injured worker during an independent medical exam. A typical case will take 6 to 9 months to fully litigate.
Many cases, however, are not fully litigated and settle before a Judge issues a decision on the mertis of the case. In fact, this seems to be a trend in the litigation of work accident cases. Mediation programs implemented by the Court can help narrow issues in dispute and resolve the overall case. A successful Mediation benefits all parties involved in the case. Whether your specific case should be mediated and settled is an important question that must be analyzed on a case by case basis. At PearsonKoutcher, LLP, we focus on the specific needs of each client paying attention to their unique set of circumstances when deciding if Mediation and settlement is appropriate and beneficial.
Lawyers at PearsonKoutcher, LLP are aggressive and pursue cases efficiently and as quickly as possible. We know that you are struggling emotionally, physically and financially. Being out of work and injured is something most people are not used to. PearsonKoutcher, LLP work accident attorneys have decades of experience assisting injured workers with their claims. If you have been injured in a work accident, let the Philadelphia work accident lawyers at PearsonKoutcher, LLP handle you workers’ compensation claim.
On behalf of
Jonathan B. Koutcher
Email Jon: Jon@pearsonkoutcherlaw.com
The Philadelphia Workers Compensation attorneys at Pearson Koutcher, LLP, are dedicated to the singular goal of securing maximum compensation and full benefits entitled to injured employees under the laws of Pennsylvania. Their years of experience as seasoned, skillful trial lawyers and negotiators, along with their compassion and diligent understanding of the significant impact a workplace accident can have on an injured worker’s life, motivate the attorneys of Pearson Koutcher, LLP, to approach each new client individually, with meticulous consideration to their specific individual considerations and circumstances. Call our office today at 215-627-0700 or email us to discuss the particular facts of your Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation matter.