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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 »

Jury Awards Plaintiff $47 Million After Malpractice Incident Caused Disfiguring Injuries

A premature birth can force doctors to deviate from the typical childbirth plan. However, all medical personnel in birthing centers must still provide a high level of care and follow the correct procedures to protect the child’s health and well-being. In a recent case in Johnstown, a jury determined that a doctor failed to live… Read More »

Assessing the Value in Personal Injury Cases

Assessment of value for damages in a personal injury case can be a complicated subject. An important matter to consider is not only what you and your attorney agree upon for your case valuation but what and how the insurance adjuster for the offending party is going to value the case. As you can imagine,… 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 »

Tour Guide Who Survived Fatal Bus Crash Settles with Tractor-Trailer Company for $5.25 Million

Because of their sheer size and weight, loaded tractor-trailers can inflict catastrophic harm to passengers of other vehicles they crash into — even when those passengers are in vehicles significantly larger than cars, such as buses. In 2015, a tour bus carrying 14 Italian tourists traveling across Pennsylvania north to Niagara Falls on Interstate 380… Read More »