>Key Elements To A Successful Workers’ Compensation Claim In Pennsylvania

>1) Hire an experienced workers’ comp lawyer right away (Michael Cardamone, Esquire- 215.206.9068)

2) Reporting the injury immediately to a supervisor

3) Following company guidelines regarding panel physicians

4) Giving a complete and accurate history to your doctors as to how and when the injury occurred

5) Trying, in good faith, to attempt any light duty work offered

6) Following the doctors’ recommendations

7) Keeping a diary/journal as to significant events- especially if you were asked to return to work and called back to reply to no avail

8) Don’t do anything to get yourself fired because employers are bearing down on you after a work injury to potentially look for reasons to fire you in an attempt to avoid liability for the work injury

9) After 90 days is up, see a doctor outside the panel doctor list

10) Don’t engage in chit chat with co-workers about your injury or treatment

Feel free to call me any time at 215.206.9068 for a free and immediate consult about your case.

Or email mcardamone@krasno.com

-Michael W. Cardamone- Fighting For Injured Workers In Pennsylvania

>Is There A Judge Or Jury In A Pennsylvania Workers’ Comp Case?

>There are no jury trials for workers’ compensation cases in Pennsylvania. The cases are heard before a Workers’ Compensation Judge- formerly called “Referees”.

The Workers’ Compensation Judges are fair-minded and objective. Now, of course, each judge has their own personality and experiences and opinions about things, so they are not identical. And, some have a reputation for rendering decisions that favor injured workers more than other judges, but overall, you really do see fair decisions based on the evidence presented.

Michael Cardamone- Fighting For Injured Workers In Pennsylvania

215.206.9068

>I Got A Hearing Notice For My Case- Do I Have To Attend?

>As a default, you should always prepare to attend a hearing in your case. Sometimes, however, the hearings are simply for the attorneys to speak with the Judge or to submit some evidence. It just depends on what the nature of the petition is, and what stage the case is at.

You want to speak with your workers’ comp lawyer to find out what you should do, but when there is any doubt, just show up in case you are needed. It never hurts to be a good and involved advocate on your own behalf.

Call me 7 days a week for a comprehensive evaluation of your case. 215.206.9068 or email mcardamone@krasno.com

Michael Cardamone Fighting For Injured Workers In Pennsylvania

>I Only See My Doctor Once Or Twice Per Year- Will That Hurt My Case?

>It depends. I know, this is a typical lawyer answer, but it’s true.

If your claim was denied and you are in court litigating a Claim Petition, then the more treatment, the better- generally speaking.

If you are already receiving benefits and you’re at what’s called “Maximum Medical Improvement” which means your condition is not likely to get any better, then it’s reasonable to see a doctor less frequently.

It’s a case by case analysis. If you want to speak about your case, feel free to call me at 215.206.9068 7 days a week or email mcardamone@krasno.com

Michael Cardamone Fighting For Injured Workers In Pennsylvania

>I Have Outstanding Medical Bills That Work Comp Is Denying- What Should I Do?

>Call your attorney, or if you don’t have one yet, call me ASAP. This issue comes up in just about every work comp case- and it can ruin your credit quickly.

There are many reasons a bill goes unpaid- it could be that your doctor’s office did not send the bill on the right forms, or the treatment may not match the description of the accepted injury in your case, or the insurance company could simply just be denying it to make your life difficult.

The remedy will depend on the reason.

Call me for a free consult 7 days a week at 215.206.9068 or email mcardamone@krasno.com

See also www.phillyworkcomp.com

Michael Cardamone Fighting For Injured Workers In Pennsylvania

>Should I Be Nice To The IME Doctor Even Though He Or She Was Hired By The Insurance Company?

>Yes. Always be polite with any doctor, even if it’s the IME doctor who was hired by the workers comp insurance company. The IME doctor is likely to disagree with some aspects of your treating doctors’ recommendations and opinions, but being nice and having a cooperative attitude can go a long way.

Contact me for a free consult 7 days a week at 215.206.9068 or email mcardamone@krasno.com

See also www.phillyworkcomp.com

Michael Cardamone Fighting For Injured Workers In Pennsylvania