Paula Robinson's Blog for Workers Compensation & Disability

What happens at a Workers Compensation Hearing?

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Did you know that you can receive Pennsylvania workers’ compensation without having to appear at a hearing before a Workers’ Compensation Judge? 

That is, if you suffer a work related injury, and the workers’ compensation carrier accepts your injury and you receive payments of your wage loss and medical benefits.  However, in most instances, things don’t go that smoothly and in order to get you the benefits you deserve, a workers’ compensation lawyer has to get involved and file a Petition, which means that you have to go to a hearing before a Workers’ Compensation Judge. Since there are Workers’ Compensation Judges located throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, you will go to a hearing office close to where you live, to make it more convenient for you. Read More

I Got Hurt On The Job, What Are My Rights?

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It is a complete fallacy on your part to assume you will never be hurt on the job. It definitely CAN happen to you. People are human, we do make mistakes, and sometimes, accidents just happen. These mistakes; whether they are made by you or a co-worker, can result in a serious injury for you. Just exactly what are your rights when you get hurt on the job? We will shed some light on that subject right now.

First and foremost you need to report your injury to your supervisor immediately. Even if you do not think your injury is severe and feel you will be fine with over-the-counter medication; report it anyway and as soon as possible. That way if complications do arise where you need to seek medical attention, both you and your employer will be prepared to deal with it. This is also crucial to your well-being in case any legal action on your part stems from this exact injury. If you have failed to report all details to your supervisor you could find yourself without any legal recourse at all.

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Workers’ Compensation Claim Deadline

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Have you or someone you know been at work and twisted the wrong way, tripped, fell, or suffered some type of work injury and simply go home thinking it will get better, day after day, and self-medicate with no eventual relief. Let’s face it, most of us need to work and get a paycheck to support ourselves and our families, so we don’t want to make a big deal out of something that might not be. We keep working, and the pain from a work injury might not get better, then eventually we find ourselves in real misery, with a very real problem that keeps us from performing our usual work. What do you do then? Read More

Lump Sum Settlement Options PA

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In Pennsylvania workers’ compensation cases, there many times is the option of settling your case, whether or not the case has been accepted. Let’s say that you suffer a work related injury, your employer reports it to their workers’ compensation carrier, and your claim is accepted. From this point on, you begin receiving both indemnity (wage loss) and medical benefits for your work injury. After a while, the workers’ compensation carrier will attempt, in various
ways, to modify, suspend, or terminate your benefits. All of these actions require going before
a Workers’ Compensation Judge. Typically in the beginning of the litigation, the Workers’ Compensation Judge will ask if Mandatory Mediation is agreeable. This gives the injured worker, their attorney, and the workers’ compensation carrier and their attorney the opportunity to mediate the case, trying to come to a mutually acceptable agreement to settle the case. Read More

Step By Step Guide To Filing Workers’ Comp Claims

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When you face an injury related to your employment the results can be overwhelming, from the physical to financial upheaval. This is why workers are always advised to file for Workers’ Comp Claims immediately when they learn of the injury. The claim is not only meant for accidents but also illness that may develop due to various conditions in your place. What to consider before filing for the claim: Read More

How to Spend a Lump Sum Settlement

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If you have been injured on the job and have been offered the option for a lump sum settlement in your case your next step might be to figure out what’s next. Consulting with a financial advisor is always a good idea for your long term goals and financial stability. But don’t forget to think about the immediate future. What can you do with that money now? Read More

10 Ways To Compare Quakertown Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Services

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If you are an injured worker, you may be wondering how to find the right attorney for your case. Many lawyers claim to help the injured worker, but to get a just determination in your workers’ compensation settlement you need one who has proven merit. That’s why you should check out these 10 ways to compare Quakertown workers’ compensation attorney’s services. Read More

The Silent Winter Work Injury

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One might assume a slip and fall on ice is the major work injury during the winter months. It certainly is one of the most common but there are many other injuries that can occur. What people may not realize is during the winter months and holiday rush increases stress, extra work hours, temporary jobs, for those in the northern states dangerous driving conditions to and from the office. Read More

6 Tips to Find the Best Allentown Workers’ Compensation Attorney Services

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Workers’ Compensation is the insurance that provides cash benefits and/or medical care to workers who have been injured or become sick on the job. Workers’ Compensation laws vary from state to state, but they must and should adhere to the national laws and standards. If you sustain injuries or become sick, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. In Pennsylvania, the employer pays for the workers’ compensation insurance, which is to benefit the injured employee, with the employees not contributing to the cost of same. However, filing for these legal claims can be frustrating as the procedures involved are extremely lengthy. Read More

What BIG Corporations are in PA?

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Out of curiosity, I Googled and found that there are many big corporations right here in Pennsylvania. This companies are employing thousands of Pennsylvania residents, and some of those corporations are even based headquartered here in Pennsylvania. For example in the Allentown area, the companies of Kraft, Uline, Nestlé and Amazon have a huge presence and square footage hiring a wide variety of employees. Read More