When Should I Seek Help from a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?
Workers’ compensation for injuries or illnesses that occur at work is often best obtained when you have competent legal representation. You should contact a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyer if: Some workers mistakenly assume that they can easily handle a legal situation like this on their own. While you can represent yourself case before a Workers’ […]
Traveling Employees Beware of Drowsy Driving
How many times do you travel on roads around where you live? Probably almost every day right? When you are out traveling, how often do you see trucks in all different sizes hauling goods and products, ranging from oil, gas, UPS, FedEx, Amazon, groceries, you name it! All of those drivers are working as drivers […]
Organize Your Medical Information for Your PA Workers’ Compensation Case
If you have a PA work injury, one thing that you can do that will make your life easier is organize your medical records regarding your work injury. Some tips for how to get started follow. First, get an expandable folder to hold all of your paperwork. Everything should be in printed form, even if […]
The Breakdown of Burden of Proof in Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation
Every aspect of PA workers’ compensation has a burden of proof to be met. For the injured worker, the Petitions to be filed to begin to receive or start receiving again workers’ compensation benefits are the Claim and Reinstatement Petitions, respectively. Each will be explained along with the burdens of proof required for each. For […]
Can I File a Claim Petition on My Own
If you suffer a work injury, give your notice to your employer, and your claim is denied, the next step is to file a Claim Petition that will get assigned to a Workers’ Compensation Judge, who will take evidence from you and the employer, and ultimately decide the case, if it does not settle beforehand. […]
Your Commute To and From Work, Is It Covered Under Workers’ Compensation?
The law in Pennsylvania, commonly referred to as “the coming and going rule”, holds that traveling to and from work is not in the course of employment. Mansfield Bros. Painting v. WCAB (German), 72 A.3d 842 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2013). There are, however, exceptions to this broad ruling. Those exceptions are: The worker has no fixed […]
When It Pays to Complain
Workers’ Compensation case law helps lawyers help their clients, and the case of Gahring v. WCAB (R & R Builders and Stoudt’s Brewing Company), 128 A.3d 375 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2015) is a perfect example. In this case, the injured worker (Claimant) first worked for R and R Builders where he suffered a low back injury […]
Pennsylvania’s Version of the 10 Most Deadliest Jobs
A recent article put out by Forbes listed the 10 most deadliest jobs in America. All of the jobs are also performed in Pennsylvania. These include landscaping, lawn service and grounds keeping; electrical power line workers; agricultural workers; truck drivers, including drivers and sale workers; metal and steel workers; trash collectors; roofers; aircraft pilots; fishing […]
Utilization Review in a Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Case
Under Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation law, a utilization review is a tool usually used by the workers’ compensation carrier to review the reasonableness and necessity of medical care and treatment rendered to the injured worker. It is a way for the carrier to deny payment in order to save money on a case. A utilization review […]
How are my workers’ compensation benefits calculated?
You know what you earned at your job, pre-injury. You know what your gross pay was, and you know how much you took home every week or every two weeks. Now that you’re hurt, who is going to figure out how much to pay you? Is it your responsibility….is it your employer’s…or is it the […]