Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation & Social Security Disability

Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation

If you sustain a job injury or work-related illness, the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act provides for your medical expenses and in the event you are unable to work, wage-loss compensation benefits until you are able to go back to work.

After you have suffered a job injury or work-related illness, you have up to three years to file a Workers’ Compensation claim. However, you need to provide notice to your employer within 120 days of the job injury or work-related illness or you will be forever barred from filing a claim.

You may be entitled to:

  • Wage loss compensation – According a yearly fee schedule, up to a maximum amount of $1,049 for as long as you are unable to return to work. Partial wage loss benefits if you return to work with restrictions and earn less than your pre-injury wages.
  • Payment of medical and prescription medication bills related to a job injury or work-related illness until you are fully recovered. 
  • Specific loss benefits for the loss of a limb or for severe disfigurement or scarring.

In Pennsylvania, all attorney’s fees in Workers’ Compensation cases must be approved by a Workers’ Compensation Judge. If we are successful in obtaining Workers’ Compensation benefits for you, our fees are limited to 20% of benefits we recover for you. 

Social Security Disability

Hiring a Social Security attorney can greatly increase your chances of receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

If you are unable to work due to health reasons, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). You can apply for these benefits at the Social Security Administration office in your area. 

Social Security pays disability benefits (SSDI) to people who can’t work because they have a medical or psychiatric condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death. In order to qualify for benefits, you must have previously worked enough to meet the earnings requirements. 

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is designed to help aged, blind and disabled people, who have not worked enough to meet the earnings requirements for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and have little or no income and limited assets. It provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing and shelter.

If the Social Security Administration denies your claim for Social Security and you feel you deserve to receive these benefits, you may request a hearing so that you may prove your case in front of an Administrative Law Judge. In order to do this, it is wise to obtain legal counsel so that you may be properly prepared for this hearing. It is important to obtain an attorney once you are denied benefits so that he/she may have time to obtain your records to present to the Administrative Law Judge.

Attorney Fees in Social Security Disability cases are limited by Federal Law and must be approved by an Administrative Law Judge. If we are successful in obtaining SSDI or SSI benefits for you, our fees are limited to 25% of your past due benefits, not to exceed $6,000. 

Personal Injury

When you or a loved one has suffered an injury, you want to know that you and your family will get the personal attention and care that you deserve. 

With more than 25 years of experience our firm has successfully represented thousands of personal injury victims.

We help victims of injuries collect monetary damages for the losses that they have suffered. Damages can be recovered for pain and suffering, medical bills, property damage, lost wages.

We have the expertise, skill and resources necessary to thoroughly investigate any personal injury case and achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.  Our results come from hard work, expertise and experience.  We will aggressively prosecute your case to force the at fault party and their insurance company to pay you what you deserve.

We will:

  • Evaluate your claim to determine who is liable for your injuries.
  • Calculate what your claim is worth.
  • Deal with the responsible party and their insurance company.
  • Keep you informed every step of the way.
  • Settle your case or take it to trial so that you secure the maximum compensation for your injuries.

Pedestrian Accidents

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident or you lost a loved one after they were struck by a vehicle, do not hesitate to call Pavlack Law Offices, P.C. for advice. Victims of pedestrian accidents often incur huge financial, physical and emotional losses. More often than not, pedestrian accident victims face a long road to recovery. Our firm will deal with the stress of handling your claim while you recover.

Wrongful Death

A wrongful death is any death that is caused by another person’s fault.  Nothing prepares you for the sudden death of a loved one. Loosing a family member is always devastating, but when a loved one passes away due to the negligence or reckless conduct of someone else, it is especially tragic. While no amount of money can ever compensate for the loss of a love one, being financially secure in your future and the comfort of knowing that the negligent party is being brought to justice may help your family to move forward with some closure.

Under Pennsylvania law, the victim’s spouse, minor children, dependent adult children or parents of the deceased may be entitled to recover compensation from the party responsible for a fatal accident.  Damages may be awarded for funeral and burial expenses, loss of future income, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium. In certain cases, punitive damages, intended to punish the responsible party for their negligent or reckless behavior which cause a death, may be awarded. 

Dog Bites

As a dog bite victim, you may be entitled to take action to recover compensation for your injuries and medical bills.  Damages you are entitled to receive depend on the nature of the injury, the dangerous propensities of the dog itself and the negligence of the owner.

If you are bitten by a dog:

  • Seek medical attention.
  • Obtain contact information for the dog's owner.
  • Retain contact information for any witness to the attack.
  • Take photographs of your injuries.
  • Do not give any verbal or written statements.
  • Contact Pavlack Law Offices, P.C.