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Category Archives: Workers’ Compensation

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »