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Category Archives: Workers’ Compensation

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 »

Employers Violate Work Comp Act

Did you know that for EVERY reported Work Comp Injury an injured worker, by law, should receive a state approved form indicating whether the claim is accepted or denied from their Employer? More and more Employers fail to issue this form which is called a Notice of Workers’ Compensation Payable or a Notice of Workers’… Read More »

Workers’ Compensation Be Aware of Your Rights!

Workers’ Compensation is a benefit that is dictated by state law. All employees in the state of Pennsylvania are required to cover their employees under work comp. These benefits are mandated by state law and are not optional. Any injury in the course and scope of employment is covered by work comp wage loss and… Read More »

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Eliminates Premature Terminations for Workers’ Comp Benefits

Last summer, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania set a precedent when it struck down a key part of the state’s workers’ compensation law that had been in effect for more than 20 years. By ruling in favor of Mary Ann Protz, a 54-year-old Westmoreland County woman who had injured her knee in a slip and… Read More »