Find the Answers to Your Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation and Disability Benefits Questions

Most people navigating the workers’ compensation and disability benefits application processes come to us with questions and confusion. Here, we share some of the questions that we answer most about the disability and workers’ compensation application and appeals processes. If you have a question for us, check out this page to see if we have answered this question for others! 

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  • Must I discuss the nature of my condition with American Airlines Crew Schedule?

    No, but remember you have an obligation under the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act to notify your employer of your injury.  That includes a description of the nature of your injury and how it occurred. 

    For more information for injured American Airlines flight attendants, including company forms, contract provisions, and union guides, click here

  • Must I notify American Airlines if I am unable to report for duty because of a work injury or illness?

    Section 9(B) of the American Airlines Collective Bargaining Agreement provides that a flight attendant who is unable to report for duty because of illness and/or injury "shall notify crew schedule as soon as possible."

    For more information for injured American Airlines flight attendants, including company forms, contract provisions, and union guides, click here

  • May I also collect Social Security Disability or other benefits?

    It is likely that your long term or short term disability insurance policy contains a “coordination of benefits” clause that gives the insurance company the right to offset any amounts you receive in connection with your disability.

  • May I collect both workers’ compensation and long term disability benefits?

    If you suffer a work injury and you collect long term or short term disability benefits, the contract covering your disability insurance benefits probably will provide that the insurance company is allowed to reduce your benefits by an amount equal to your workers' compensation benefits.

  • What are short term and long term disability benefits?

    Your employer may provide short term and long term disability insurance benefits.  Short term disability benefits cover periods generally from about 9 to 52 weeks.  Long term disability benefits begin after you have received the maximum amount of short term disability benefits.  The main difference between these benefits and workers' compensation is that your disability does not have to be related to a work injury for you to be entitled to them.  

  • Are most cases settled out of court or do they go to trial?

    Most cases settle out of court. However, cases can settle at different points in time. For example, some cases may settle early on, whereas other cases settle just before the trial is about to begin. We prepare every case as if we are going to court, even though we know that most cases will end up being settled.

    We do this because we never know exactly which cases will end up in court. The better we prepare your case, the larger the settlement we are usually able to obtain.

  • Who pays for court costs or litigation expenses?

    We usually do not require clients to pay for costs or expenses out of their own pocket. Instead, we typically will advance the costs associated with your case. If we are successful, then we are reimbursed for the costs we have spent on your behalf. If the case is not successful, we generally do not ask to be reimbursed.

  • What are typical examples of litigation expenses?

    Litigation costs refer to expenses charged by somebody not connected with our law firm. For example, if we request your medical records from a doctor or hospital, they usually charge a fee. Also, there may be filing fees at the time that we file a lawsuit. The case may require us to hire expert witnesses who charge for their time on an hourly rate basis.

  • When should I call a lawyer?

    Immediately after your injury would be ideal. If it’s past that point and you haven’t already contacted a lawyer, the second best time would be right now. You may contact a Philadelphia personal injury attorney at The Boles Firm, and we’ll set up a free consultation.

  • What are our fees?

    We do not typically charge people a retainer, nor do we charge by the hour. Instead, we work on what is known as a contingent fee basis. That means earning our fee is “contingent” on the result we obtain in the case. We will investigate your case at no cost to you. If we determine that you do not have good grounds for a lawsuit, you’ll owe us nothing -- regardless of how much time and money we spent doing the investigation.

    If we take your case, and are successful in obtaining an award or settlement for you, then we earn a fee by sharing in a certain percentage of that recovery. The specific percentage that we earn depends on the type of case. If we do not succeed in getting an award or settlement for you, then we earn no fee at all in the case.