The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act

Last June the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dealt an important and justified win for injured workers in Protz v. WCAB (Derry Area School District).  The High Court determined that the impairment rating provisions of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act are unconstitutional in their entirety.  In so doing the Court wiped out a section of the Workers […]

When a Person Is Injured in a Motor Vehicle Collision, Early Investigation Is Key.

This post was originally published on Sep 19, 2016 When a person is injured in a motor vehicle collision, due to a defective product, or the consequence of poor property maintenance, gathering evidence immediately after the injuring incident is crucial.  As one might expect, with time and human intervention, important evidence can be lost, destroyed, […]

Drunk Driving Accidents: Injured by a Drunk Driver – Can my Insurance Help?

This is the second of a three-part series. Did you miss our previous posts? Start from the beginning here. All too often those who are reckless enough to drive drunk are also reckless enough to carry minimal insurance needed to compensate those who are innocently injury by such conduct.  Even worse, we see many drunk drivers who […]

Cash Benefits for Amputation and Permanent Loss Injuries on the Job

The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act provides for the payment of cash benefits to an injured work who loses (amputation) or suffers permanent loss of use of certain members of the body.  The payments are made at a scheduled number of weeks set by the Pennsylvania Legislature.  77 P.S. § 513(1), et seq.  These payments are […]

Are my Work Injury Wage Loss Checks Paid at Correct Rate?

Injured workers are eligible for wage loss benefits following a work related injury.  How those benefits are calculated depends on the unique circumstances of the injured worker’s employment. Generally speaking, an injured worker receives a percentage of his/her average weekly earnings during weeks of disability following a work injury.  The average weekly earnings calculation is […]

Social Security Disability – New Rules on Program Uniformity That May Impact Your Case

Effective January 17, 2017 the Social Security Administration issued a Final Rule bringing several important and significant changes to the way disability claims are decided at the hearing and Appeals Council levels.  While the rule became effective on January 17, 2017, the rule itself directs that compliance is not required until May 1, 2017.   We […]

Injuries that develop over time are worthy of workers’ compensation benefits too

Injuries that develop from work related activities over the course of time are compensable injuries under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act.  These injuries are commonly referred to as a “repetitive use claims” (e.g. carpal tunnel from repetitive upper extremity work duties, low back pain caused by breakdown of the spinal structures due to repetitive exertional […]

Injured at the Office Holiday Party – Is it Possible that I am covered by workers’ comp?

The short answer is yes, it is possible.  Employees injured within the “course and scope” of their employment relationship are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.  Employees suffering injury or death attending a social event, such as a holiday party, have been found by the Pennsylvania Courts to fall under the protections of the workers’ compensation […]

Increase in Trucking Accidents Due to Language Barriers

Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, truck drivers must understand the English language. Language barriers present significant risks in trucking collisions. Consider the importance of the challenges presented just by reading road signs. The rules governing truck drivers, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, specifically state that operators of commercial vehicles must be able to […]