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    Workers’ Compensation is a system designed to get injured workers the benefits they need to cover lost wages and medical expenses after a work injury.  This system is meant to be a mandatory alternative to lawsuits, where victims can get compensation without having to prove their case in court or fight an opposing insurance company to get the benefits they require.

    However, employers and insurance carriers in the system are often unwilling to pay workers what they are owed, and lawyers like ours need to step in.  We represent injured workers and help them get the benefits they are supposed to receive through the Workers’ Comp system.  Moreover, we have decades of experience specializing in this field.

    Call the Certified Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Specialists from Cardamone Law at (267) 651-7945 to discuss your case in a free case evaluation.

    Who is Covered by Workers’ Comp in Pottstown, PA?

    Workers all over Pottstown and the surrounding areas should be covered by Workers’ Comp when they suffer work-related accidents.  Each of the following is a requirement for you to get coverage through this system, but our Workers’ Comp lawyers can help you understand more specifically how coverage should apply in your situation if you still have questions after reading this:

    Employees

    All workers classified as “employees” – or “employes” as the Workers’ Comp Act spells it – should be covered by their employer’s Workers’ Comp policy.  For a worker to be an “employee” as opposed to an independent contractor, they usually must have the time, place, and manner of their work controlled by their employer.

    This will cover most employment situations, with people working desk jobs, warehouse jobs, assembly lines, service positions, and so many more jobs all being covered by Workers’ Comp.  Whether your work involves typing and bookkeeping or heavy lifting and working with dangerous chemicals, most employees should be covered.

    If you are an independent contractor, you might not be covered by your employer’s Workers’ Comp; however, many employers misclassify their workers and you could be entitled to coverage anyway.

    Workers for Non-Federal Businesses

    People employed by federal agencies, courts, the U.S. Postal Service, and other federal employees are usually covered by a different Workers’ Compensation system with different rules and insurance carriers.

    People Suffering Work-Related Injuries

    If your injuries were related to your job tasks, then they should be covered.  In contrast, injuries that happened at home on the weekend while you were doing nothing related to your job should not be covered.

    “Work-related” injuries are broader than one might expect.  This category can include injuries where preexisting conditions were aggravated by an accident at work, such as a lifelong bad back that you injure in a sudden lifting injury at work.  It can also involve injuries that happen off-site if your job has you traveling or driving around for work.

    Work-related “injuries” can also more broadly include illnesses and other health conditions acquired because of working conditions.  In many cases, additional proof is required to link your injury back to your work tasks, potentially including proof that there is a higher incidence of this type of cancer or other condition in your line of work than in the greater population.

    Families of Deceased Workers

    If your loved one was killed in a work accident, you might also be entitled to benefits for your loss.  This can include money set aside for burial/funeral costs as well as ongoing benefits paid to the spouse and children of the deceased worker.

    Filing for Workers’ Comp vs. Filing a Lawsuit for Injuries in Pottstown, PA

    Our lawyers exclusively handle Workers’ Compensation claims for injured workers because this is often the only route to compensation available.  Workers’ Comp rules prevent lawsuits from being filed against your own employer in most cases outside of intentional injury.  This means that you typically cannot sue your employer for a workplace accident.

    There may be cases where you can sue an outside party for their fault in causing your accident; however, it might be difficult to win your claim.  First, you need to prove that they were at fault at all, and their connection to your accident at work might be tenuous at best.  Those parties could also blame your employer instead, which would reduce their liability and, ultimately, reduce your payout since you cannot sue your employer for that share of damages.

    Additionally, many workers are injured because of their own fault.  Workers’ Compensation still covers these accidental injuries as long as your injuries were not the result of you intentionally hurting yourself or hurting yourself while drunk, high, or breaking the law.  You cannot sue someone else for something you did by accident.

    While lawsuits might be able to cover pain and suffering damages and Workers’ Comp does not, you might ultimately lose around 33% of your total damages from a lawsuit to pay a lawyer under a contingency fee agreement.  With Workers’ Compensation claims, our lawyers are capped at 20% max of your total winnings for payment under § 442 of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Comp Act.

    Benefits Paid to Injured Employees Through Workers’ Comp in Pottstown

    Injured workers can get two major areas of benefits out of their Workers’ Comp coverage.  These benefits might be accepted in part and denied in part, or your employer’s insurance carrier might try to pay only partial benefits.  In any case, the ultimate resolution of your case can come down to either getting these benefits paid as ongoing benefits or potentially settling for a lump sum, where the full amount that you would receive over time is paid all at once.

    Medical Benefits

    These benefits should cover emergency treatment, surgery costs, imaging, ongoing doctor’s visits, physical therapy, medication, mental health therapy, and more.  If your employer or their carrier does not believe your injury was work-related, they will often deny these benefits.

    Lost Earnings

    If your injury keeps you out of work, you can receive usually around 2/3 of your normal wage as wage-loss benefits.  However, employers have room to accept your claim for medical benefits yet deny these benefits on the grounds that the injuries are not actually disabling and you can still work.  It can take evidence and medical exams to prove otherwise.

    Carriers might also say you are only partially disabled and refuse to pay full wage-loss benefits but might still accept a claim for partial benefits.  Our lawyers can appeal or negotiate for a better settlement if these benefits are not enough.

    Call Our Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in Pottstown, PA Right Away

    If you were injured in an accident at work, call Cardamone Law’s Workers’ Comp attorneys at (267) 651-7945 for a free case evaluation.

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    Cardamone Law Has Negotiated Some of the Largest Workers’ Comp Settlements in Pennsylvania

    $6 Million
    We Assisted Another Firm in Reaching Settlement
    $2.2 Million
    Spinal Injury
    $897,000
    Lower Back Injury
    $650,000
    Lower Back Injury
    $550,000
    Neck Injury
    $425,000
    Leg Injury
    $375,000
    Knee Injury
    $325,000
    Ankle Injury
    $6 Million
    We Assisted Another Firm in Reaching Settlement
    $2.2 Million
    Spinal Injury
    $897,000
    Lower Back Injury
    $650,000
    Lower Back Injury
    $550,000
    Neck Injury
    $425,000
    Leg Injury
    $375,000
    Knee Injury
    $325,000
    Ankle Injury

    Client Testimonials

    "Thank you from the bottom of my heart Mike and Shirley!!"

    I called Shirley when I was scared and didn’t know what where my next dime was coming from after I was out with my work injury. Shirley was very kind and helpful guiding me every single step of the way. Mike was not your typical lawyer was not pushy but very responsive to all my gazillion questions. He helped me get my settlement quickly and settlement check in a very timely manner. Would recommend them to anyone! Mike helped calm all my fears and anxieties as I was trying to navigate one of the hardest and most stressful times in my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Mike and Shirley!!

    - Jen Thompson
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    "Tienes un equipo impresionante a pesar de ser una compañía pequeña, los resultados fueron excelentes!"

    Yo le daría 10 estrellas en vez de 5 , Michael Cardamone es una persona genuina y un gran abogado, al principio de mi caso, yo estaba en la oscuridad y no sabia que pasos tendría que seguir porque Workers comp ,solo me cubría en esos momentos los beneficios medicos .Después, me eliminaron el puesto , no sabia como manejar mi situación (estaba con una cirugía y también sin trabajo,) grasias a Mike, el me dirigió por el camino correcto, me dieron una muy buena cantidad por mi caso. El fue muy comprensivo porque le hice muchas preguntas por email y siempre me las contesto a tiempo, brindando seguridad ,sabia que estaba en las manos correctas! Shirley y Francisco también fueron de gran ayuda con los recordatorios y servicios de traducción en Español. tienes un equipo impresionante a pesar de ser una compañía pequeña, los resultados fueron excelentes! se los recomiendo a todos. Muchas grasias Cardamone law!

    - Marisol Rodriguez
    Google Reviews
    "Best Law Firm around!"

    "Cardomone law is absolutely fantastic! They are very responsive and helpful and they will fight to get you what you deserve. Shirley is also very helpful whenever you have any questions! Best Law Firm around!"

    - C. Edwards
    Google Reviews
    "Michael and Shirley are very dedicated...and getting the maximum amount favorable to my case"

    "Cardamone Law Firm were very helpful to me since day one. Michael and Shirley are very dedicated to my case giving me updates, answering my questions, being honest with my case, and getting the maximum amount favorable to my case. Thank you so much for your service and dedication and helping me to achieve not only your case but to guide and refer me in other needs too! You guys are the best law firm friendly and dedicated. I will recommend to anyone."

    - A. Ortiz
    Google Reviews
    "Michael won my workers comp case after my employer insurance denied my claim."

    "Exceptional firm. Highly recommend this law firm. Michael won my Workers Comp case after my employer insurance denied my claim. Him and his staff were always at my reach for legal and emotional support. Am so happy I hire them. Thanks Michael and Ms. Shirley."

    - Carlos P.
    Google Reviews
    "[They] did an excellent job in getting me financially compensated in a fairly short amount of time."

    "I recently had a work related injury and was receiving Workers' Compensation (medical benefits only). Soon after I was fired, so I contacted Paul Silver at Cardamone Law Firm who did an excellent job in getting me financially compensated in a fairly short amount of time. Paul and his assistant Shirley always responded to any questions I had about the case in a very short amount of time. Thank you for helping me with this difficult case."

    - Robin C.
    Google Reviews
    "Highly recommend."

    "Cardamone Law was great with helping my husband with his Workers Comp issues. Mike and Shirley were the best with letting us know what was going on every step of the way. Highly recommend."

    - Danielle P.
    Google Reviews
    "Mike Cardamone is amazing"

    "Mike Cardamone is amazing. He is "hands down" one of the best lawyers I've ever had the privilege of knowing. He is very kind, understanding, knowledgeable in his field, always very thorough and helpful. He was extremely professional and someone who truly cares about his clients. I felt completely at ease with him. He was a pleasure to work with, explained everything in detail, as well as answered all my questions with knowledge and care. If you want someone you can trust, who communicates every step of the way, will fight for you and make sure you win your case, he is it! I will refer all my family and friends to him. Thank you so much Mike, for everything. I appreciate all your hard work and dedication in helping me."

    - Allie M.
    Google Reviews
    Without a doubt YOU are the best!!!

    "Without a doubt YOU are the best!!! Every person who is in the horrible position of being injured at work should have someone as kind, compassionate and knowledgeable as you on their side. You never once made me feel like I was one of a hundred other clients. I always knew you had my back! You answered calls and emails at all hours. You fought every fight for me so I only had to worry about getting well. Behind your nice, calm face there’s a pit bull ready to take on any employer or judge. I can never thank you enough."

    - L. Edall
    Google Reviews
    "Best Workers' Comp Lawyer!"

    "Michael is simply the best! He was there for me from day 1 till the end, and we won the case!! He is always available to help. I had a gazillion questions and he would answer them one by one. He's a great lawyer and I feel lucky to have found him online from reading other outstanding reviews about him. Believe me, they're true!"

    - Faith B.
    Google Reviews
    "Great Attorney"

    "Great attorney, handled case quickly and efficiently. I would recommend him and would use him again. He was always available to answer any questions we had. Thank you, Mr. Cardamone."

    - H. Anderson
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