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Adequacy of Cash Benefits: Don’t Be Limited

Published by : mycomplawyers
December 19, 2016

Insurance carriers and employers seek any and every way to limit, modify, suspend, or terminate benefits payable to injured workers under Pennsylvania law.  This is occurs in many forms: CALCULATION OF AVERAGE WEEKLY WAGE (AWW): In order to determine how much it will need to pay out on any given claim, the first step for […]

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Discouraging the Report of Injuries: Don’t Be Fooled

Published by : mycomplawyers
December 12, 2016

Insurers and employers know that, to truly save money, they must discourage the reporting of injuries.  The report of an injury is the first step in the process of obtaining benefits.  Under Pennsylvania law, a failure to report an injury within 120 days may relinquish your right to compensation; as a result, it is hard […]

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Increased Denials of Valid Claims: Don’t Be Lulled

Published by : mycomplawyers
December 5, 2016

Under Pennsylvania law, one of the most common methods of discouragement used by insurance companies is the basic denial of a claim.  In most cases, an insurance company will agree to pay preliminary medical expenses but nothing else.  The law allows it to do this without admitting that an injury occurred.  Occasionally, the insurance company […]

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Does Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Fulfill Its Obligation to Injured Workers?

Published by : mycomplawyers
November 28, 2016

Recently, the federal government issued a report analyzing state workers’ compensation systems all over the country to determine whether these systems meet the needs of injured workers.  The report warns:  Working people are at great risk of falling into poverty. Insurance companies are experts at manipulating the system against injured workers.  Over the years, Pennsylvania […]

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Workers’ Compensation and Surgery Coverage

Published by : mycomplawyers
November 21, 2016

Workers’ Compensation and Surgery Coverage In Pennsylvania, workers injured on the job will have their medical expenses covered if they see a physician on a list posted by their employer. These selected providers are supposed to be the providers the injured worker may choose from. For the first 90 days after an initial appointment, the […]

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Can You be fired For a Workers’ Comp Claim?

Published by : mycomplawyers
November 14, 2016

What to Do If You Are Fired for Filing Workers’ Compensation Can an employer fire you for filing a workers’ comp claim? In Pennsylvania, an employer cannot fire you for filing a workers’ compensation claim or for reporting a workplace injury or illness. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to prove why you were fired or […]

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Are Interns Eligible for Workers’ Compensation?

Published by : mycomplawyers
November 7, 2016

Let’s start with an easy answer. If an intern is paid and works on a regular schedule for a period of time, that person should be covered by the PA Worker’s Comp Act if he/she is injured in the course and scope of their internship.  However, not ALL interns will be covered for a work […]

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Am I eligible for workers’ compensation if I get injured at a company event?

Published by : mycomplawyers
October 31, 2016

You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you are an employee in Pennsylvania who suffers an injury while attending a company event.  A work injury, in many circumstances, does not necessarily need to occur on the employer’s premises. For example, attending a company sponsored trip to a local amusement park or playing on […]

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Reducing Your Opioid Medications

Published by : mycomplawyers
October 24, 2016

We have already written about the attacks injured workers can expect from insurance companies on medication.  Litigation is a poor process to bring about changes in medication regimens; nevertheless, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently developed and published guidelines for physicians regarding the prescription of opioid medications that will almost certainly play a […]

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The Physical Benefits of Physical Therapy

Published by : mycomplawyers
October 17, 2016

Pain can destroy your lifestyle.  Our clients often share that their life is forever changed by the injury they experienced at work.  Sadly, Pennsylvania workers’ compensation does not adequately address an injured worker’s pain and suffering.  However, a good physical therapist and/or therapy program can improve your quality of life tremendously. A physical therapist is […]

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