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Workers’ Compensation Handbook

Foreword

Legal issues regarding the Workers’ Compensation Act and other employment related matters can be very complex. This booklet is designed to assist workers with questions they may have if they are injured on the job. However, this booklet cannot replace the advice of an experienced attorney. If you have any questions regarding workers’ compensation or other legal matters, do not hesitate to contact Rudberg Law Offices, LLC.

Introduction

At Rudberg Law Offices, LLC we believe that clients deserve unequaled personal and professional service. We share a strong work ethic and commitment to working men, women and their families. Our success is measured first and foremost with client satisfaction. Not only do clients deserve high quality legal service, but they also have a right to expect that we will spend time helping them through the legal maze. Let us introduce some members of our team:

SIGNE O’BRIEN RUDBERG, ESQUIRE

Since 1992, I have worked closely with injured workers and helped them with the uncertainties and unique problems that they face in the workers’ compensation arena and with toxic exposures, car accidents and other injuries. Whether I am representing a client at a deposition, at a hearing, or in front of a jury, I recognize the responsibility that I have to that individual and the impact the outcome of their case will have on their life. I have represented hundreds of injured individuals throughout Western Pennsylvania and in West Virginia. I work closely with our attorneys and staff in order to provide the best possible service and ensure that the files are prepared, crucial evidence is collected, and that we are prepared to assist you. Your injury is serious to you so it is serious to us.

JULIE WIECZOREK FRITSCH, ESQUIRE

Injury and Disability Attorney

Prior to joining our firm, Julie spent time working within the court system. She joined our firm in 2004, representing clients in the federal, state and local courts of Western Pennsylvania, including Pennsylvania's Commonwealth, Superior and Supreme Courts. Julie practices law in both Pennsylvania and West Virginia. She understands the difficult choices and hurdles facing injured individuals and the impact injuries have on their families. Julie believes that every client deserves unparalleled representation and always advocates in their absolute best interest. Julie is accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to represent veterans with claims for disability benefits before the VA. She is also certified as a specialist in the practice of Workers’ Compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Julie has been named a Rising Star by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.

CHRISTINA K. HURNYAK, ESQUIRE

Since 1980, Christina has fought for the rights of the injured. She has assisted many victims in achieving compensation for the negligence of others involving car accidents, defective products, toxic exposure and medical malpractice. In 2004, Christina became a Certified Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and was recertified in 2009. She is committed to advancing your case as quickly and successfully as possible. Christina has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer and was also selected as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

MATTHEW S. FAHER, ESQUIRE

Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Matthew was born and raised near Johnstown Pennsylvania, an area shaped past and present by coal miners and steel mills, and most significantly, by men and women who labor hard within these industries. The son of a former mine worker whose career ended when the mine shut down, Matt recognizes the issues and dangers faced by the working men and women. He understands that every person has a sense of what is fundamentally fair and that communication and preparation form the keystone of an attorney-client relationship. Adherence to these principals produces the first-rate representation those who contact Rudberg Law Offices, LLC seek. Matt is accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to represent veterans with claims for disability benefits before the VA.   He is also certified as a specialist in the practice of Workers’ Compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

TY M. OSTERMAN, ESQUIRE

Prior to becoming an attorney, Ty worked in steel mills and foundries. He understands the ever-present dangers to and struggles of working men and women. Ty utilizes that understanding in his zealous representation of injured workers. Ty also represents individuals in Social Security Disability appeals and performs all types of writing and research at Rudberg Law Offices, LLC. Ty has represented hundreds of injured workers and practices in front of the Workers’ Compensation Judges in Western Pennsylvania.

DONALD L. RUDBERG, COORDINATOR

Many of you are familiar with Don Rudberg and have known him over the past decades as a union official and a strong proponent of workers’ rights. Whether Don has been organizing a lobbying effort in Harrisburg related to Workers’ Compensation Act changes, standing shoulder to shoulder with union members on the picket line, or protesting against non-union efforts of big business, there is no doubt where his loyalties lie. His experience as a blue collar worker assists our attorneys in understanding the intricacies of industry and machinery utilized therein.

KERI R. MCCANN, OFFICE MANAGER

With a 20 year banking and management background Keri has acquired the ability to orchestrate all facets of Rudberg Law Offices, LLC from client relations to employee management to community relations. Keri understands the significance of organization and will continue to provide proven support in an effort to keep Rudberg Law Offices, LLC a strength in the legal field.

STACEY SHRECK, SENIOR PARALEGAL

CHRISTY LAUTMAN, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

RONDA MCKENZIE, LEGAL SECRETARY

SARAH ROUMM, LEGAL ASSISTANT

Stacey, Christy, Ronda, and Sarah are members of our team and are very interested in helping clients with the uncertainties of the workers’ compensation system and personal injury litigation. Clients’ cases are paramount and they will always take the time to make clients feel at ease.

Table of Contents

Section One: Workers’ Compensation Act
Section Three: What Should I Do If I Am Injured?
Section Four: Benefits and Rights Available Under the Workers’ Compensation Act
Section Five: What To Expect When You Are On Workers’ Compensation
Section Six: You May Be Entitled To More Than Just Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Section Seven: Personal Injury Claims