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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
397 Questions Answered
Q. I am wondering if I'm a victim of employment retaliation or breach of confidentiality.
A: Sadly, workers' compensation does not provide you with any guarantee that you will be returned to the same shift or even the same job title as before your injury. However, if you fail to report to an offered position within your work restrictions it may result in a reduction or even suspension of your right to wage loss benefits. You indicated that you have a union, so there may be additional protection available to you under your union contract. If you have not already done so, I would further suggest that you retain an attorney to assist you in review any job offer to make sure it is appropriate in regard to your work injury.
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.
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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 (Today)
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
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 (Today)
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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