Workers' Compensation for Union Members
If you get hurt on the job, it is important to know your rights and how to navigate the workers' compensation system. Workers' Compensation covers many types of injuries including loss of hearing, loss of sight, loss of body parts, scarring, disease, orthopedic injuries, and in the worst cases, death. As union lawyers, Willig, Williams & Davidson attorneys are here to help with benefits covering total disability, partial disability, specific loss, medical issues and loss of life. And we are here to help union members deal with their employers so that our clients get the benefits they deserve.
As soon as you think you have a workers' compensation claim, you should reach out to a certified lawyer. Early consultation is important and it is free.
Why Contact our Workers' Compensation Attorneys
- We have certified workers' compensation attorneys on staff.
- We are union lawyers – we get it and we understand your employers. We anticipate how they will try to reduce your claims to make sure you get full compensation under the law.
- Our Workers' Compensation attorneys work closely with other members of the firm to make sure our clients' rights are fully protected. When the situation warrants, we can handle social security disability, pension issues, personal injury and project liability cases, medical malpractice and EEOC matters.
- Our work injury lawyers who practice in the area of workers' compensation, limit their representation to the protection of injured workers. They know their craft.
- We make sure that our clients receive 100 percent of the benefits required by law.
- We understand the complex relationship between workers' compensation law and other employment rights, such as union benefits, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Act 534, and the Heart & Lung Act.
We push the limits of the workers' compensation law to force employers to stop illegal practices like refusing to pay overtime to injured workers or illegally reducing benefits for injured retirees. We use our expertise and broad client base to leverage the best possible results for our clients, based on our firm belief that sick and injured workers deserve the best possible legal representation.
If you've been injured on the job, contact us for your free workers' compensation case evaluation.
Frequently Asked Questions on Workers' Compensation by Union Members
What is a "Notice of Compensation Payable?"
The Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act mandates that the insurance company or employer decide whether they are agreeing to cover an injury within 21 days of the date of disability. The Notice of Compensation Payable is legal confirmation that an injury has been accepted under the law. Read more…
Do I have to use the doctors on my employer's panel list for workers' compensation?
An injured worker is required to treat with a doctor on the panel list for the first 90 days following an injury but you may be able to seek treatment outside the panel if the list does not include the type of physician necessary to treat your injury. Read more…
If I'm walking to work and get injured, does the injury fall under workers' compensation?
Injuries which occur while a worker is commuting to or from work are not covered under the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. Read more…
When and how does a lawyer get compensated in a workers' compensation case in Pennsylvania?
Workers' compensation attorneys are paid on a contingency fee basis. The fee can be no more than 20% of an injured worker's benefit. Read more…
Workers' Compensation for Unions: Resources
- Willig, Williams & Davidson Partner Michael G. Dryden Presents at PBI's 'Tough Problems in Workers' Compensation 2017' Program
April 3, 2017
Willig, Williams & Davidson partner Michael G. Dryden presented as part of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's CLE program, "Tough Problems in Workers' Compensation 2017."
- April 2016 Workers' Compensation E-Alert
- September 2015 Workers' Compensation E-Alert
- Workers' Compensation Attorney Michael Dryden of Willig, Williams and Davidson Provides Employee Rights Around Company Doctors
- How Unemployment, Pension or Social Security Disability or Retirement May Affect Workers' Compensation Benefits
September 8, 2015
If you are receiving workers’ compensation wage loss benefits, you may also be entitled to other benefits such as unemployment, pension benefits or Social Security retirement or disability benefits. However, it is important to know how receiving these benefits may affect your receipt of workers’ compensation.
- Pennsylvania Attorney Michael Dryden Shows That Workers' Compensation Laws Provide Obligations for Employers and Employees
- Philadelphia Attorney Michael Dryden Reviews Specific Loss Benefits In Workers' Compensation
- Philadelphia Attorney Michael Dryden Reviews "Coming and Going" Rule In Workers' Compensation
- Philadelphia Attorney Marianne Henry Saylor Discusses Reporting Repetitive Trauma Injuries
- June 2015 Workers' Compensation E-Alert
- Attorney Marianne Henry Saylor of Philadelphia Provides Timelines For Reporting Injuries Sustained While At Work
- Philadelphia Attorney Marianne Henry Saylor Provides Guidelines On What To Do When You Are Hurt At Work
- Philadelphia Attorney Michael Dryden Discusses Injuries and Issues Covered in PA Workers' Compensation
- Marianne Henry Saylor, Philadelphia Attorney Reviews Premises Injuries Not Covered by PA Workers' Compensation
- February 2015 Workers' Compensation E-Alert
- Labor Attorney Richard Poulson Quoted on Protecting Act 111 for Police Officers and Firefighters
June 12, 2014
Willig, Williams and Davidson Attorney Richard Poulson is quoted in news coverage of his testimony before the Pennsylvania General Assembly in defense of police officer and firefighter collective bargaining rights under Act 111.
- Three Willig, Williams & Davidson Attorneys Earn Workers' Compensation Law Specialty Certification
June 14, 2013
Philadelphia labor, employment and workers’ compensation firm Willig, Williams & Davidson announced that Michael G. Dryden, Marianne H. Saylor and Paul M. Della Franco have been certified as specialists in the practice of workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Law Section.
- Willig, Williams & Davidson Workers' Compensation Attorney Michael G. Dryden Addresses Fireman's Legislative Federation of Pennsylvania
March 21, 2012
Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer Michael G. Dryden, of the Pennsylvania labor union and employment law firm Willig, Williams & Davidson, presented “Cancer Presumption / Workers Compensation and You” to volunteer firefighters and other emergency responders during the Fireman’s Legislative Federation of Pennsylvania quarterly meeting in March.
- Willig, Williams & Davidson Successfully Advances Worker 'Occupational Disease' Claims
March 9, 2012
One of the more interesting aspects of the workers’ compensation law is the diversity of work-related injuries and illnesses covered. Sometimes a case can be as straightforward as a simple “slip-and-fall” at work. But with increasing frequency, workplace injury litigation involves the existence of an occupational disease, in which an employee contracts a disease by virtue of the exposures faced by them at work, sometimes over decades.
- Willig, Williams & Davidson Attorney Michael G. Dryden Wins Ongoing Occupational Disease Fatal Claim Benefits for Widow of Philadelphia Firefighter
January 18, 2012
Philadelphia workers compensation lawyer Michael G. Dryden, of the Pennsylvania labor and employment law firm Willig, Williams & Davidson, won occupational disease benefits for the widow of long-time City of Philadelphia firefighter Joseph Kriebel, who died as a result of contracting hepatitis C from exposure on the job.