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Response to DiverDave (Reply #21)

Thu Apr 12, 2012, 08:33 AM

25. Well, remember the old lawyer saying...

... that free legal advice is worth what you pay for it. And keep in mind I don't do much w/c work.

But if you were an employee, and they meet the criteria for a qualifying employer in PA (a pretty low threshold in most states - usually having to do with the # of employees), then they usually have to provide benefits under the worker's comp system. Basically, you can only sue them for wages and medical expenses and a few other misc. things (no mental anguish, pain and suffering, etc...), but the trade off for you is that liability is very easy to establish (employer + employee + OTJ injury), and your lawyer may be able to file a quick motion to get wage benefits going.

The problem you may have? Some companies trim expenses when a recession is on, and sometimes the first thing to go is bothersome costs like w/c liability insurance. That means you might have a solid claim, but they don't have the means to pay it.

I genuinely hope it works out well for you.

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