Workers’ Compensation Handbook
Legal issues regarding the Workers’ Compensation Act and other employment related matters can be very complex. This booklet is designed to assist workers with questions they may have if they are injured on the job. However, this booklet cannot replace the advice of an experienced attorney. If you have any questions regarding workers’ compensation or other legal matters, do not hesitate to contact Rudberg Law Offices, LLC at 412-488-6000 or contact us online at www.rudberglaw.com.
At Rudberg Law Offices, LLC we believe that clients deserve unequaled personal and professional service. We share a strong work ethic and commitment to working men, women and their families. Our success is measured first and foremost with client satisfaction. Not only do clients deserve high quality legal service, but they also have a right to expect that we will spend time helping them through the legal maze. Let us introduce some of the committed members of our team.
SIGNE O’BRIEN RUDBERG, E-mail
Since 1992, I have worked closely with injured workers and helped them with the uncertainties and unique problems that they face in the workers’ compensation arena and with toxic exposures, car accidents and other serious injuries. Whether I am representing a client at a deposition, at a hearing, or in front of a jury, I recognize the responsibility that I have to that individual and the impact the outcome of their case will have on their life. I also closely supervise and manage all the members of our team. I have represented hundreds of injured individuals throughout Western Pennsylvania and in West Virginia. I work closely with our attorneys and staff in order to provide the best possible service and ensure that the files are prepared, crucial evidence is collected, and that we are prepared to assist you. Your injury is serious to you so it is serious to us.
CHRISTINA K. HURNYAK, E-mail
Since 1980, Christina has fought for the rights of the injured. She has assisted many victims in achieving compensation for the negligence of others involving car accidents, defective products, toxic exposure and medical malpractice. In 2004, Christina became a Certified Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and was recertified in 2009. She is committed to advancing your case as quickly and successfully as possible. Christina has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer and was also selected as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.
MATTHEW S. FAHER, E-mail
Matthew was born and raised near Johnstown Pennsylvania, an area shaped past and present by coal miners and steel mills, and most significantly, by men and women who labor hard within these industries. The son of a former mine worker whose career ended when the mine shut down, Matt recognizes the issues and dangers faced by the working men and women. He understands that every person has a sense of what is fundamentally fair and that communication and preparation form the keystone of an attorney-client relationship. Adherence to these principals produces the first-rate representation those who contact Rudberg Law Offices, LLC seek. He is also certified as a specialist in the practice of Workers’ Compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
TY M. OSTERMAN, E-mail
Prior to becoming an attorney, Ty worked in steel mills and foundries. He understands the ever-present dangers to and struggles of working men and women. Ty utilizes that understanding in his zealous representation of injured workers. Ty also represents individuals in Social Security Disability appeals and performs all types of writing and research at Rudberg Law Offices, LLC. Ty’s diligence and legal skills make him a strong advocate for injured workers and disabled clients seeking benefits.
WALTER F. LOBER, III, E-mail
Walt was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. He has been solely dedicated to assisting injured workers for the last 25 years. He understands the difficulties injured workers and their families go through following an injury. Walt listens to his clients’ concerns and takes the time to explain the legal consequences of their decisions. He wants them to understand exactly what is happening with their case and why. Walt attended Washington & Jefferson College and received his law degree from Widener University School of Law. While in law school, Walt received a Certificate of Achievement in Workers’ Compensation. After graduating law school, Walt spent a year as a judicial clerk helping Workers’ Compensation Judges write decisions. Walt is Certified as a Specialist in the practice of Workers’ Compensation Law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Walt has also served as Chairman of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section.
In addition to this litigation experience Walt handles Social Security Disability cases and personal injury matters. Walt is a member of Allegheny County Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association and Pennsylvania Association for Justice.
DONALD L. RUDBERG, E-mail
Many of you are familiar with Don Rudberg and have known him over the past decades as a prior union official and a strong proponent of workers’ rights and union values. As a union member, he served as chairman of various committees as well as Recording Secretary and Local Union President. Don is a third-generation steelworker. Whether Don has been organizing a lobbying effort in Harrisburg related to Workers’ Compensation Act changes, standing shoulder to shoulder with union members on the picket line or protesting against non-union efforts of big business, there is no doubt where his loyalties lie. His experience as a blue collar worker assists our attorneys in understanding the intricacies of industry, Collective Bargaining Agreements and the deep rooted substance of union ideology.
KERI RUDBERG MCCANN, E-mail
With a 20 year banking and management background Keri has acquired the ability to orchestrate all facets of Rudberg Law Offices, LLC from client relations to employee management to community relations. Keri understands the significance of organization and will continue to provide proven support in an effort to keep Rudberg Law Offices, LLC a strength in the legal field.
STACEY SHRECK, SENIOR PARALEGAL
CHRISTY LAUTMAN, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
KEVIN KILEY, PARALEGAL
Stacey, Christy and Kevin are members of our team and are very interested in helping clients with the uncertainties of the workers’ compensation system and personal injury litigation. Clients’ cases are paramount and they will always take the time to make clients feel at ease.
- What Should I Do If I Am Injured?
- An Uninsured Employer
- Filing A Claim
- Seeking Medical Treatment
- Benefits and Rights Available Under the Workers’ Compensation Act
- Total and Partial Disability
- Physical Exams
- Impairment Rating Evaluation (IRE)
- How Do You Know That Your Employer Is Paying You Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
- Medical Benefits
- Notice of Temporary Compensation Payable, Notice of Compensation Payable, Medical Only Notice of Compensation Payable, and Agreement for Compensation
- Specific Loss Benefits
- Hearing Loss Benefits
- Fatal Claims
- What To Expect When You Are On Workers’ Compensation
- Supplemental Agreements For Compensation
- Notification Of Suspension
- Termination Of Benefits
- Final Receipt
- Job Availability
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Labor Market Surveys
- Layoffs – Involuntary, Economic and Voluntary
- Refusing Medical Treatment
- Notification Requirements and Verification
- Credits and Offsets – Social Security, Pensions and Other Compensation
- Lump Sum Settlement
- Unemployment Compensation
- Sickness and Accident Benefits, Short-Term Disability and Long-Term Disability Benefits
- Social Security Disability
- Americans with Disabilities Act
- Family and Medical Leave Act