Your Worker's Compensation Hearing
It is normal to be anxious about your claim and upcoming hearing. Injured folks often end up feeling isolated and alone. While these feelings are normal, you can deal with them. The first step is to take control back by becoming familiar with the process and your rights. A Pennsylvania attorney who handles worker’s compensation claims can help you by explaining the process and what to expect.
Seeking Expert Guidance: While it is not required that you have an attorney present your case at your worker’s compensation hearing, it is strongly recommended. Hearings are held in front of a Judge who will apply complicated rules of evidence that will limit the types of evidence that you can offer to support your claim. As an attorney, I am familiar with the types of evidence the Judge must hear and with how to get the information in front of the Judge. I also know that success at the hearing depends on the work that is done before the hearing to prepare the case for trial.
Attending the Hearing: It is important for you to know the date, time, and place set for your compensation hearing and to be prepared to participate in the proceedings. The worker’s compensation judge, will actively analyze and make decisions about the arguments presented by attorneys, your testimony, testimony of witnesses, medical records, and all relevant information presented to him or her regarding your case. Once the judge hears all of the evidence, he or she will issue a written opinion that will either grant or deny you benefits. .
Potential Appeals: If the judge grants you worker’s compensation benefits, your employer has the right to appeal that decision. Similarly, if the judge decides against you, you have the right to file an appeal.
If you’ve suffered a workplace injury and are filing a claim for worker’s compensation benefits, call Ross & Ross at (814) 274 -8612 to let our expert attorneys fight for the benefits you have earned.
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