Saturday, October 10, 2015

Employer, insurer not on same page


DEAR HARRY: I need your input. I went out on workers' comp with a fractured tibia and fibula back in April. I was out of work nine weeks. I have not gotten a penny since July from either my employer or its insurance company. None of my phone calls have been returned.

When I was treated for my injuries, it was my health insurance that paid the hospital and doctors. Now, I'm starting to get hospital bills for co-pays that haven't been taken care of. I even went so far as to contact the workers' comp insurance company directly.

Apparently, the insurance company has me listed as "not missing any days." Harry, I'm desperate for that money. What can I do? I also don't want to jeopardize my job.

WHAT HARRY SAYS: Apparently, your employer and its insurance company have not been communicating too well. Try once more to reach the company's person who is supposed to be responsible for such claims.

If that doesn't work, contact the Pennsylvania Insurance Department's toll-free consumer hotline at 877-881-6388. That should move things along quickly. And don't worry about your job. Flouting the law brings stiff penalties.

Email Harry Gross at, or

write to him at Daily News, 801 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107.


Harry urges all his readers to give blood. Contact the American Red Cross at 800-Red Cross.

Daily News Personal Finance Columnist
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
Also on
letter icon Newsletter