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Pennsylvania Work Injury Question

Question: I work for a business based in Pennsylvania. I was injured on the job but my injury occurred out-of-state. Can I file a Pennsylvania workers comp claim? Answer: It will depend on the facts and your work situation. The Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Act applies to all injuries that occur within Pennsylvania. If the injury occurs outside of (…)

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4 Common Misconceptions About Personal Injury Claims

When a person is involved in an accident that leaves them with an injury, they may have many questions as to what will happen next. Victims of a personal injury accident are sometimes unaware of the laws and regulations that pertain to their specific case. Accidents of various occurrences will have different laws and rules (…)

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Slip and Fall at a Job Interview – Do I Have a Case?

Question: I recently had a job interview at (name omitted). When I was leaving the job interview, I tripped and fell in the office stairwell. The stair that I tripped on had a wooden board that had rotted away. The maintenance man who helped me to my feet told me that other people had complained (…)

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Medical Treatment Complications in a Workers Comp case

Sam was employed as an a department chair at a local university. Part of Sam’s job duties involved mentoring and advising students seeking degrees in the school’s graduate program. One Fall day, Sam attended a lunch meeting with a doctoral candidate to discuss his thesis. When getting up from the table, Sam tripped and fell injuring (…)

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How Much Auto Insurance Coverage Do I Really Need?

In Pennsylvania, everyone is required by law to have at least $15,000 worth of auto insurance in case they cause an auto accident and hurt somebody. Unfortunately, many, many car owners break this law and are out on the roads driving without any insurance. Some estimates predict that as many as 15% to 20% of (…)

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Auto Accident While On The Job

Question: My job requires a lot of driving. As part of my pay, my employer pays me a car allowance and mileage reimbursement as well. I was injured in a car accident. I was working at the time and collected workers compensation. I also sued the other driver who caused the accident. I’m told that (…)

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I’m an Innocent Accident Victim; I have Limited Tort/Limited Coverage – Part 2

As I mentioned in our last post, many clients who come to DLP for help after becoming victims of auto accident through no fault of their own have chosen the “limited tort/limited coverage” option on their auto insurance policies. They have given up their right to recover for pain and suffering unless they suffered serious (…)

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Car Accident? What the heck is Limited Tort?! – Part 1

I can’t tell you how many times a new client recently involved in an automobile accident comes into our offices and states “Thank goodness I have full coverage”. Their hearts sink when a cursory review of their insurance policy reveals that they and their insurance agent have selected “limited tort” coverage. Unfortunately, 99% of our (…)

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The Dangers of using Social Media after a Car Accident Injury Claim

Like it or not, social media is central to the way that many people conduct themselves in today’s society. While this can often bring good things into your life, adding to and not taking away, social media can be extremely damaging to a personal injury or accident claim case. It is more than likely that (…)

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Retirement In A Pennsylvania Work Injury Case

In Pennsylvania, if an injured worker voluntarily withdraws from the labor market, the employer can seek to suspend the payment of workers compensation wage loss benefits. Likewise, if an injured worker retires voluntarily, the employer can utilize evidence of the retirement as grounds to stop paying weekly workers compensation wage loss checks. Pennsylvania courts have (…)

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Working For a Pennsylvania Employer But Injured On The Job Out-Of-State

Question: I work for a business located in Pennsylvania. I travel for my job. I was injured on the job but my injury occurred out-of-state. Can I receive benefits on a Pennsylvania workers comp claim? Answer: It will depend on the facts and your work situation. The Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Act applies to all injuries that (…)

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Seven Days Of Disability- Threshold Requirement In Pa. Workers Compensation

SEVEN. As in SEVEN days. Seven is the number of days one must be disabled from work in order to collect workers compensation wage loss benefits in Pennsylvania. For example, lets’ say that Joe injures his back at work on Monday, December 1, 2015. Joe reports the injury to his supervisor who sends Joe to the (…)

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Social Security and the Death of a Spouse

Howard and Marion had been married for 42 years when Howard died. Howard was collecting Social Security retirement benefits at the time of his death. Marion had been a housewife all her life and had never paid Social Security taxes. Marion wondered whether or not she would be entitled to continue to receive the Social Security (…)

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Slip and Fall- Work Injury?

Question: I applied for a job at (name omitted). When I was leaving my job interview, the elevator in the building was being serviced so I had to take the stairs. As I was going down the stairs, the handrail broke away from the wall causing me to fall. I injured my back and twisted my knee. I (…)

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“Work From Home” Work Injury- Can You Collect Workers Comp?

George was employed as a sales manager with Spacely Enterprises. He worked three days per week at Spacely’s Scranton, Pa. office and worked at home, in his basement office, two days per week. While working at home one day, George received a work-related telephone call from his boss, Mr. Spacely, while he was upstairs drinking a glass of (…)

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Can Someone Collect Both Workers Comp and Social Security?

Leo had sustained a serious back injury while working and had been collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits for about one year. Despite several surgeries, Leo’s back was not improving and it was unlikely that he could return to work at any type of gainful employment. To make matters worse, Leo had also developed other problems including arthritis in his shoulder, (…)

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Medical Complications in a Work Injury Case

Ed was employed as a professor at a local university. Part of Ed’s job duties involved mentoring and advising students seeking degrees in the school’s graduate program. One Fall day, Ed attended a lunch meeting with a doctoral candidate to discuss his thesis. When getting up from the table, Ed tripped and fell injuring his (…)

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Reducing Workers Compensation Benefits

If you have been injured at work and are collecting wage loss benefits under the Pa. Workers Compensation Act, your right to benefits may be reduced by receipt of other forms of benefits. For example, your workers compensation benefits may be reduced if you also receive unemployment benefits, severance benefits, pension benefits, and Social Security retirement (…)

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