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Timothy Belt

Timothy Belt

The Belt Law Firm, PC
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Pennsylvania
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Biography

Attorney Timothy D. Belt is the son of Reverend James and Patricia Belt, and he has resided primarily in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area since 1985. Tim graduated from Lackawanna Trail High School and is a 1996 summa cum laude graduate of the University of the Ozarks. Tim graduated from Villanova University School of Law in 1999 and shortly thereafter began practicing law in the Wilkes-Barre area.

Tim’s practice focuses on workers compensation, social security disability, unemployment compensation and auto injury claims. Tim is a frequent speaker in regard to workers compensation issues to business and union organizations.

Tim is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association, and Wyoming/Sullivan County Bar Association

Practice Area
    Workers' Compensation
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Pennsylvania
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Founding Attorney
The Belt Law Firm, PC
- Current
Attorney
Fendler & Associates, PC
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Attorney
Marshall, Denehey, Warner, Coleman and Goggin
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Attorney
Laputka, Bayless, Ecker & Cohn
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Education
Villanova University
Law
- present
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Professional Associations
Pennsylvania State Bar
Member
Current
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Certifications
Workers' Compensation Law Certified Specialist
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Websites & Blogs
Website
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Legal Answers
396 Questions Answered
Q. Can I sue my employer for "rigging" a saw machine that broke and caused partial loss of 3 fingers? I received my WC pay.
A: First, this is a complicated situation that you really should be handling through a workers' compensation attorney rather than attempting to do it on your own. In regard to the negligence case, there would not be a claim for product liability if your employer modified the machine, and generally you are confined to workers' compensation for claims against your employer arising out of a work injury. As to the specivic loss claim, unless there is a settlement, specific loss is not paid in a lump sum. It is paid in weekly or biweekly installments just like your wage loss check. If they have continued to pay wage loss after the injury became a specific loss, they are potentially entitled to a credit for the weeks after the injury became a specific loss. There are potential ways around that if you can demonstrate your injury was more than just a specific loss, but again you really want a workers' compensation attorney to help you with that.
Q. Reciving part work comp.then Hospitalized 4 covid,now on short term disability.Does workers comp owe me up to weekly avg
A: Since you are out for a reason other than the work injury, you would not be entitled to payment of the full rate. However, assuming your restrictions and the availability of work has not changed, you should be entitled to continuation of the partial wage loss benefit that you were receiving.
Q. Do I contact Disciplinary Board of Supreme court of PA, or Attorney General. Or both? Or who can review the work comp
A: First, your lawyer cannot settle without your agreement, so if you want to take the risk that you may lose in taking your claim to decision, you do not have to settle. Second, all terms of the settlement should be within the C & R agreement. Read it carefully. If it says that Medicare will be reimbursed, than Medicare will be reimbursed. If it has a dollar amount for future Medicare payments with an approved Medicare Set Aside (MSA) then that will also be funded through the agreement. Whether or not the employer specifically accepts liability does not really matter if the agreement indicates that they will make the payments. If you do not understand the agreement, you can take it to another attorney and have them explain it to you. Finally, in regard to whether or not you can prove your case, no one here can answer that without reviewing the full record. However, the standard is not whether it could have happened at work, but rather whether it did happen at work. To establish that it did happen at work, in most cases you need a doctor willing to state, "within a reasonable degree of medical certainty", that it did in fact happen at work. Anyone that has been practicing workers' compensation for any period of time has come across medical providers who are unwilling to testify or that testify in a manner that does not meet the legal standard. I suspect from what your lawyer is telling you that is the case with your claim. As to the disciplinary board, I have no reason to believe from your statement that your lawyer is doing anything wrong. They are providing you with their legal opinion. If you do not like their legal opinion, you are free to fire them and obtain another lawyer.
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Contact & Map
The Belt Law Firm, PC
100 West Broad Street, Suite 303
Hazleton, PA 18201
Telephone: (570) 535-3343
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed
The Belt Law Firm, PC
100 West Union Street
Kingston, PA 18704
Telephone: (570) 714-3343
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed