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Category Archives: Workers’ Compensation

How Labor Market Surveys Can Affect Your Workers’ Comp Award

If you receive workers’ compensation because you were injured at work and cannot return to your job, that does not necessarily mean that you are unable to do any job. Although you may have physical limitations, you might be able to perform the duties of less demanding jobs. For example, if you are able to… Read More »

Act 111 – New Change in the Workers’ Compensation Law

As you know, workers’ compensation benefits are available for all employees in Pennsylvania.  The benefits pay for wage loss and medical benefits for any work-related injury and is a no-fault law, so any injury or aggravation of a pre-existing condition, even if the aggravated condition is non-work related, is covered.  Also, benefits for scars and… Read More »

How Do I Prove That My Injury Is Work-Related?

If you are injured at work and wish to obtain workers’ compensation, you must prove to a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation judge (WCJ) that there is a causal connection between your work and the injury. If that causal connection is not obvious, proving it requires unequivocal medical testimony, the state Supreme Court has ruled. That means… Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Pittsburgh Steelers Ordered to Pay Injured Ex-Center Workers’ Compensation

Every employer in Pennsylvania is required to carry an insurance policy that provides workers’ compensation benefits for employees injured in the course of their job — and the Pittsburgh Steelers, the fabled pro football franchise, is no exception, as a 2015 decision in favor of the team’s former center, Chukky Okobi, shows. While playing for the… Read More »