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Category Archives: Workers’ Compensation

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 »

Aviation Employer Fights Workers’ Comp Claim by Alleging Employee Did Not Lose Her Leg on the Job

Employers sometimes go to great lengths to deny a workers’ compensation claim, and one tactic they may use is to assert that the employee was not actually “on the job” when the injury occurred. That tactic was tried recently, although unsuccessfully, by Starr Aviation, based at the Pittsburgh International Airport, when one of the company’s employees… Read More »

Asbestos and Toxic Exposure Notice

If you believe you were exposed to asbestos or other toxins at any jobsite, you should be aware of your legal rights. Please note that based on new Pennsylvania law, if you were exposed to asbestos containing products or other toxins and have been diagnosed with a related medical condition, you may have a Workers’… Read More »

What Is a Workers’ Compensation Utilization Review?

Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation law allows an insurance company, an employer or an injured worker to request a utilization review (UR), if they suspect that a course of medical treatment is not reasonable or necessary. The process begins when an interested party files a UR request. The case is assigned to a utilization review organization (URO),… Read More »

Do I Have to See the Company Doctor After a Work Injury?

The choice of a healthcare provider is very personal. Yet, if you file a claim for a work-related injury, you may not be able to see your chosen doctor, at least not on the company dime. Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation law allows your employer to limit your choice of treating physicians to a minimum of six… Read More »