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Author Archives: Martindale Hubbell for Rudberg Law Offices, LLC

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 »

WARNING: Defective Products

Products liability enables consumers to bring claims for injuries due to a product being defective. The most commonly known defects are manufacturing defects and design defects although there is a third category for defective products liability. This third category is inadequate instructions or warnings. Each of these three categories traces different flaws in a product… Read More »

Wrongful Death in Civil Court v. Fatal Claim Benefits in Workers’ Compensation

Having to face the loss of a loved one is overwhelming. These difficult times can be made more stressful with concerns of how you will take care of your family after your loved one’s passing. While gaining compensation for the death of a loved one cannot bring them back, it can ease the expenses and… Read More »

Technological Advances of Self-Driving Cars Will Lead to Reformation of Automobile Accident Claims

Cars have progressed significantly since the foot powered cars of the Flintstones although the flying cars of the Jetsons still seem to be a thing of the future. Regardless, the automobile industry is making strides towards the future with the advances in self-driving car technology. Pittsburgh, among other cities, has had self-driving cars on its… Read More »

Medical Marijuana in Workers’ Compensation Claims

In April 2016, Pennsylvania passed the Medical Marijuana Act (MMA). The MMA has had a substantial impact on other areas of law, including Workers’ Compensation. Despite the MMA being passed, marijuana remains illegal and continues to be listed as a Schedule I drug by the DEA. Concerns arise as to whether an employee prescribed medical… Read More »