Woodske Law Offices (724)775-9955
Woodske Law Offices(724)775-9955

Worker’s Comp/Social Security

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Woodske Law specializes and serves the residents of Beaver County and the surrounding region in these areas:

Worker's Compensation

If you've been injured at work,‭ ‬you're probably wondering what your legal rights and obligations are.‭ ‬You may have questions such as:


  • Have you reported the injury properly and timely to the employer‭?
  • Has the employer accepted the claim‭?
  • What are‭ ‬your options if your claim is denied‭?
  • Are you receiving the correct amount of benefits‭?
  • Are you required to seek treatment with the‭ "‬company doctors‭"‬,‭ ‬and for how long‭?
  • Can you recover from any other parties‭ (‬other than your employer‭) ‬that may be‭ ‬liable for your injury‭?


In most instances,‭ ‬we can answer those questions and put your mind at ease‭ ‬-‭ ‬without charging you a fee.‭ ‬We will only charge a fee when we successfully litigate matters on your behalf.‭ ‬So when does that happen‭? 


Some examples include,‭ ‬but are not limited to:


  • Litigating a claim petition on your behalf to force an employer to accept a work injury
  • Defending against a modification,‭ ‬suspension,‭ ‬and/or termination petition
  • Settling your claim


Settlement of your claim

If we're representing you,‭ ‬it may be possible to settle your claim for a lump sum of money.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬we will review the facts of your case with you in an effort to decide whether it makes sense to settle at that point in time.‭ ‬Factors to consider in this‭ ‬situation are whether you're still treating for your work injury,‭ ‬your prognosis for recovery,‭ ‬or if you've returned to work since the incident.

What if you've already been offered a settlement‭?


You may ask yourself:‭ 


"Why would I contact an attorney to settle my claim when the employer (or insurance company‭) ‬has already offered me a lump sum to settle‭?"

We'll evaluate your claim to see if you're getting a reasonable settlement.‭ ‬If we can't obtain a better settlement for you,‭ ‬we won't charge you a‭ ‬fee.‭ ‬Also,‭ ‬we will evaluate your claim to determine if it makes sense to settle at that time.‭ 


Contrary to what you may have heard,‭ ‬it's not always in your best interest to settle your claim as quickly as possible.‭ ‬Sometimes settling a case too soon can be problematic,‭ ‬especially if you still have unresolved medical issues.‭ ‬Call us so we can thoroughly evaluate your claim and discuss your options.

Social Security Disability


Did you know that nearly‭ ‬two thirds of all applications for SSI/SSD benefits are turned down by the local Social Security offices‭?
While many claims can potentially be won on appeal,‭ ‬navigating through the Social Security claims and appeals process can be a difficult undertaking for an individual.‭ ‬You may have questions about the criteria necessary to establish a disability.‭ 


For example:‭ 


  • How long do you have to be off work‭?
  • What medical evidence is necessary to support your claim‭?
  • What is the difference between Supplemental Security Income‭ (‬SSI‭) ‬and Social Security Disability‭ (‬SSD‭)‬,‭ ‬and do you qualify for one or both‭?
  • Once you file the appeal,‭ ‬how long will it take to get to a hearing before the Administrative Law Judge‭?


If you've been turned down for Social Security Disability‭ (‬SSD‭) ‬or Supplemental Security Income‭ (‬SSI‭) ‬benefits‭ (‬whether you have a physical or mental impairment preventing you from working‭)‬,‭ ‬please contact our office.‭ ‬You only have‭ ‬60‭ ‬days to file an appeal from the Notice of Disapproved Claim letter.‭ ‬Call our Beaver County office now to discuss your claim and address any questions you may have.‭ ‬You'll speak directly with one of our attorneys who will provide a free consultation regarding your claim.

Be Aware!


Other firms and agencies sometimes will provide non-attorney representatives to handle your claim(s‭)‬.‭ ‬You have a right to be represented by an attorney at your hearing.‭ ‬If our office is handling your appeal,‭ ‬an attorney will represent you at the hearing before the Administrative Law Judge.‭ 


Do you have questions or would you like to make an appointment‭? ‬We look forward to assisting you.‭ ‬Please feel free to call us at‭ (‬724‭) ‬775-9955‭ ‬or use our contact form.‭ 

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Woodske Law Offices

255 College Avenue

Beaver, PA 15009



(724) 775-9955



(724) 775-0636



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Evening appointments available upon request

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