The steps you take immediately after an injury at work can have a significant effect on your workers' compensation claim. For example, you can hurt your case by failing to notify your employer of an injury on the job.
At Shollenberger Januzzi & Wolfe, our attorneys offer a free initial consultation to explain the workers' compensation claims process. With offices in Harrisburg and Enola, we represent injured workers throughout central Pennsylvania.
Steps in Filing a Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Claim
- By law, most employers require you to notify them within 120 days of any injury that occurs on the job. However, we encourage you to notify your employer as soon as possible.
- If your employer or insurer accepts the injury, it will file a Notice of Compensation Payable (NCP) with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers' Compensation. Once the NCP is filed, you will begin receiving workers' compensation benefits.
- If your employer or insurer wishes to investigate the claim further, it may file a Notice of Temporary Compensation Payable (NTCP), which is good for 90 days of benefits. If the employer allows the 90 days to run, the NTCP will automatically become a NCP. If the employer or insurer chooses to deny responsibility, it may file a Notice Stopping Temporary Compensation Payable (NSTCP).
It's important to know that just because you are receiving benefits, it doesn't mean that your employer or insurer has accepted the claim. Before stopping a claim, your employer or insurer will typically send you for an independent medical examination with a doctor it chooses.
Contact Our Workers' Compensation Attorneys
For dependable advice about your legal options after a workplace injury, call our firm at 717-260-3549 for a free consultation.