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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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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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Job Offer After Injury at Work?

So you’re injured on the job in Pennsylvania. You report the injury, you get medical treatment and you start to receive your workers compensation benefit checks. Thankfully, your condition improves. Your doctor says that you can transition back to work with light duty work restrictions on a part-time basis. Your boss has been very supportive (…)

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Medical Complications in a Work Injury case

Donald was working for his employer, MNOP Construction, at a job site in Pennsylvania when he suffered a terrible fall fracturing his hip. Unfortunately, complications set in and Donald had to have his hip replaced. During the hip replacement surgery, Donald developed a pulmonary embolism which eventually led to a stroke leaving Donald partially paralyzed. Had he not (…)

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Car Accident Work Injury- Can I Collect on Both Claims?

Question: 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 I need to pay back the workers comp carrier when I settle the car accident case. Is that so? Anonymous, Old Forge, Pa. Answer: Under (…)

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Undocumented Resident In A Workers Compensation Case

Typically, an injured workers status as an undocumented alien worker will not preclude him from receiving disability benefits under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. However, in situations where it is established that the injured worker/undocumented alien is capable of performing some work, even at the most sedentary level capacity, the employer is entitled to a (…)

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Workers Comp- Review Of Payment Of Medical Bills

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has determined that a medical provider’s failure to provide a password to access medical records contained on a CD-ROM amounts to non-compliance with a medical records request and supports a finding that the treatment that was the subject of a Utilization Review (UR) was not reasonable or necessary. In Shaw v. (…)

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