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Work Comp – Lump Sum Settlements

When you are receiving work comp benefits, it sometimes makes sense to resolve your case for a lump sum amount.  The timing of this is very important and all settlements must be approved by a Workers’ Compensation Judge if it involves wage loss and medical benefits. When it makes sense to resolve: You are done with… Read More »

COVID-19 and Work Comp

During this time when we are all being cautious about exposure to virus, many workers must be in a work environment that puts the worker at a higher risk to exposure to the Corona virus.  In these situations, three things are important between you and your employer: Communication– be sure you and others know what… Read More »

Drop in Car Crashes, Spike in Bicycle Accidents Linked to Coronavirus

Once Americans came to understand how deadly the coronavirus can be and how easily it is passed from person to person, transportation habits changed. Not only did people drastically curtail business and personal travel, but many stopped going to their workplaces. That has led to a reduction in car accidents at the same time that… Read More »

Helpful Pandemic Information

The unprecedented situation with the Corona Virus or Covid-19 creates many issues that Americans may not be prepared to handle. The first and most important action that we can all take is to remain calm and follow the extensive handwashing and social distancing guidelines per the CDC. If you are in a situation where you… Read More »

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Workers’ Compensation

Under the Workers’ Compensation Act an employee suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can recover compensation for the psychic injury. When determining compensation for a psychological injury, the Court has created three classifications, upon which PTSD could be categorized under the “physical/mental” injury or the “mental/mental” injury classifications. A “physical/mental” injury is a psychic injury… Read More »

Post-Concussion Syndrome

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that usually results from a blow to the head. Post-concussion syndrome is a complex disorder in which symptoms continue weeks to months after the original concussion. Post-concussion syndrome is caused by structural damage to the brain during the initial impact that may cause a disruption in the messaging… Read More »

Paraplegia or Quadriplegia Caused by a Work Injury

Paraplegia is a form of paralysis that affects individuals from the waist down. Paraplegia can result from an injury to the brain or spinal cord. Incomplete paraplegia is a form of paralysis in which both legs are not fully affected. For example, one leg may be fully paralyzed while there is still limited function in… Read More »

Opioids in Workers’ Compensation

Prescription opioids are often used to help alleviate moderate to severe pain symptoms. Opioids can be prescribed to help alleviate severe pain associated with surgeries or cancer or to help treat chronic pain. Pain medicine specialists will often recommend different courses of action to help alleviate pain before trying opioid prescriptions. These courses include over… Read More »

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Workers’ Compensation

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by excessive pressure being placed on the wrist and the median nerve. There are several causes for the development of carpal tunnel syndrome, such as underlying medical conditions, fractures or trauma to the wrist, or repetitive motion. However, individuals may develop the condition due to the repetitive nature of their… Read More »

Changes to the Social Security Disability Appeals Process in Pennsylvania

The process for filing appeals following an initial denial of Social Security Disability benefits in Pennsylvania has changed. Any application initially denied on or after April 20, 2019 is now required to undergo an additional step in the appeals process called the Reconsideration stage. The process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits begins with… Read More »