Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA
When you are injured on the job, you may not know where to turn for support. Gilardi, Oliver & Lomupo is here to help. Our personal injury attorney offers a series of services for each our clients. By working with our workers’ compensation attorney in Pittsburgh, PA, you can feel confident that you have the right team on your side. Schedule a consultation with our workers’ compensation lawyer to discover how we can assist you.
In an average month, 12 people are killed, and more than 8,000 people are injured while working in Pennsylvania. Many of these hard-working people and their families will be forced to deal with Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation law for the first time. They will learn that Workers’ Compensation claims are generally handled by private insurance companies who are often more concerned about profit margins than the interests of injured people. These insurance companies usually retain the services of claims adjusters, nurses, doctors, investigators, and lawyers to help limit their costs and to maximize profits. With all of these people working for them and their vast resources, the insurance industry has a big advantage over the average injured worker. Working people who are not familiar with their rights and responsibilities under Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Law will very likely be taken advantage of by the insurance company responsible for their claim and will lose the limited benefits they are entitled to under the law.
At Gilardi, Oliver & Lomupo we have been helping working people understand their rights and fighting to protect those rights against insurance companies since 1969. We offer the following general information about Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Law as part of these efforts. By no means does the information provided in this section cover all the complex legal issues surrounding work-related accidents, nor does it replace the value of up-to-the-minute legal advice on these issues. Our courts and the legislature often modify the law surrounding workers’ compensation claims. It is important to turn to our law firm to obtain the latest information. Here at Gilardi, Oliver & Lomupo, we cannot prevent work accidents, but through education and strong legal representation, we can protect those who are victims of such accidents.
Except for limited exceptions, all Pennsylvania workers contribute to the Social Security Administration through payroll deductions. These contributions help fund Social Security Retirement benefits that become available to us when we reach our retirement age. However, if we become disabled due to an injury or illness and can no longer work, we may be entitled to these benefits before reaching retirement age. These benefits are generally referred to as Social Security Disability Benefits. Much like private disability insurance companies that offer disability insurance in exchange for payment of premiums, the Social Security Administration offers disability benefits for those of us who pay into the program and who become totally disabled. The number of benefits you are entitled to depend on the number of contributions you made to the Social Security Administration during your working years.
Individuals who do not contribute sufficiently to the Social Security Administration to be eligible for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability program may be entitled to Supplemental Social Security Income Benefits (SSI). These benefits are only available to disabled individuals who have substantially limited assets and income.
To be considered disabled and qualify for SSD or SSI benefits a person must be considered totally disabled as defined by the Social Security Administration. The Administration maintains a list of serious illnesses or disabilities that automatically qualify an individual for benefits. If your condition meets one of these listed conditions, you will be considered totally disabled. However, if your condition does not meet one of the listed disabilities, you may still be considered totally disabled if you can prove that you are unable to engage in any substantially gainful activity given your age, education, work experience, and physical/mental limitations. This means that you must not only be unable to perform the work you had performed over the last 15 years, but you must also be unable to perform any work deemed available to you. In addition, your disability must have lasted one year or be expected to last one year for you to qualify for benefits. The fact that you cannot earn what you used to earn because of your disability is not considered by the Administration in determining your entitlement to benefits.
SSD and SSI benefits may be requested through your local Social Security Office. If your benefits are initially denied, you have the right to appeal your case to have it reviewed by a Social Security Judge. Many claims that are originally denied are overturned on appeal and benefits are awarded with the help of experienced attorneys like our firm. If you have any questions concerning Social Security Disability, we will be glad to assist you. Also, for more detailed information concerning Social Security Disability and other related issues, please visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov.
Contact us in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to learn more about our services for your case. We represent clients throughout the region.