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Author Archives: Martindale Hubbell for Rudberg Law Offices, LLC

What You Need to Know About Mcare in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, if you or a loved one suffered an injury due to a healthcare provider’s negligence, you will need to go through the Mcare process. Mcare refers to the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Fund, which was signed into law by the Pennsylvania legislature in 2002 as part of Act 13. It… Read More »

Can You Get Laid Off If You Are off Work and on Workers’ Compensation?

Imagine you are at home on workers’ compensation benefits, recovering from an injury or illness you sustained while on the job. Would it be legal for an employer to provide you with a layoff notice as part of a workforce reduction during the time when you are on leave? In other words, are you guaranteed… Read More »

Pennsylvania’s No-Fault Car Insurance Laws and Coverage Requirements

Pennsylvania is one of about a dozen states offering some form of no-fault car insurance. Through this arrangement, your own car insurance policy will pay out medical treatment costs and out-of-pocket losses suffered by anyone covered under the policy, up to the limits of the coverage. This occurs no matter who was at fault for… Read More »

Common Products Liability Claims Involving Defective Medical Devices

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective medical device, you have the option to file a personal injury claim against the negligent party. There are three general types of defective medical device claims under products liability law: Defectively designed medical devices: These cases involve products that had some sort of… Read More »

What to Know About the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) is federal legislation that provides for payments to cover medical care, vocational rehabilitation services and general compensation for any employees disabled due to workplace injuries on American waters or adjoining areas used for loading, unloading, building or repairing marine vessels. The law also institutes survivor benefits to… Read More »

Proposed HB 2207 Would Expand Coverage for Pennsylvania Workers Exposed to Hazardous Materials, But Does It Deny Access to Common Pleas Court?

Earlier this year, House Bill 2207, which would change workers’ compensation laws in the state by expanding coverage for claimants who were exposed to hazardous materials while on the job. Measure calls for several changes to protect employers from being brought into court Under current Pennsylvania law, most employees who file claims for workers’ compensation… Read More »

Full Tort vs. Limited Tort Auto Insurance in Pennsylvania

When you take out an auto insurance policy in Pennsylvania, you have the option to choose either a full tort or limited tort policy. What are the differences between the two? The most basic difference is that full tort allows you to sue for pain and suffering damages if you get into an accident, while… Read More »

Decision in Protz v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board a Milestone in Pennsylvania

A recent decision from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court could have a long-lasting effect on workers’ compensation in the state. Protz v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board centered on the use of a medical examination, known as an impairment rating evaluation (IRE), that would cap exposure on long-term workers’ compensation claims. IREs existed before June 20, 2017,… Read More »

Motor Vehicle Accidents in Pennsylvania

There are tens of thousands of motor vehicle accidents each year in Pennsylvania. Many of these accidents result in serious injuries to the involved parties.  If you or someone you know has suffered injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident, it is important that you contact an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney for… Read More »

Panel Physcians for Work Comp: Myth vs. Reality

What health insurance plan offers a choice of only six healthcare providers – the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act! When you have an accepted comp claim, you must seek treatment for your work injury with one of the providers on the panel list for 90 days from the date of the first visit.  To add insult… Read More »