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Third Party Lawsuits in Workers’ Compensation Case

In certain workers’ compensation cases, third parties may be liable to pay a third party lawsuit settlement. Employees who are injured in workplace accidents have the right to expect that their employer will cover medical bills and a high percentage…

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Compassionate Allowance: Your Complete Guide to the Program

The Compassionate Allowance program, founded by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in 2008, is an expedited processing and financial assistance program designed to reduce the waiting period associated with disability determinations and benefit disbursement for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)…

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Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs) & Workers’ Compensation Claims

When employees are injured at work, they typically go to their usual treating doctor who will make decisions about the course of medical action, and whether returning to work is an option. However, there sometimes can be disputes in a…

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Working While on Disability: Earnings, Common Questions & More

Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are income assistance programs overseen by the Social Security Administration (SSA), designed to offset some of the financial challenges associated with being disabled, elderly, and economically disadvantaged. However, oftentimes, these…

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Can You Reopen a Closed Workers’ Compensation Case? What Lawyers Have to Say

You can reopen a closed workers’ compensation case to get more benefits under specific circumstances in Pennsylvania. In general, your condition must have gotten worse to be able to open your case. That decrease in function or ability must be the result…

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How and When You Can Receive Workers’ Compensation for Stress 

If you find yourself suffering from a severe stress-related workplace injury, you may be wondering, “can I even sue my employer for stress and anxiety”? The short answer to that question is yes, but it’s complicated. Stress in the workplace…

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How is Workers’ Comp Calculated?

In the event of a work-related injury, the two most pressing questions for claimants – injured employees seeking workers’ compensation – are, what benefits will I qualify for and how is workers’ comp calculated? Among the potential types of workers’ comp…

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How Long Do Workers’ Comp Settlements Usually Take?

Workers Compensation cases can sometimes settle shortly after an injury (within a few weeks or a couple of months), or they can take years. The average workers’ compensation case will be resolved within about 16 months. A resolution may result in…

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What if Your Employer Forgets or Refuses to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

After suffering a serious workplace injury, the absolute last thing you want to hear is that your employer refuses to file a workers’ compensation claim on your behalf. Whether your employer refuses to file a workers’ compensation claim for lack…

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What is a Utilization Review and How Can it Affect Your Workers’ Compensation?

A utilization review is a process that is used to determine whether a particular medical provider or the care that he or she is providing is reasonable and necessary under the circumstances. In Pennsylvania, an injured workers’ health care is…

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What Is Workers’ Compensation Subrogation and How Does It Work?

The vast majority of workers in Pennsylvania do not use the workers’ compensation system, so they do not understand or know about some of the common terms regarding work comp. The term “workers’ compensation subrogation,” is one of the more…

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Find Out How to Receive Your Workers’ Compensation Claim in Advance Through a Settlement Loan

Workers’ compensation litigation is not known for being an expedient process. For claimants awaiting claim and settlement resolution, there are financial assistance programs like settlement loans for workers’ comp from legal funding institutions, alleviate much of that financial strain by…

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4 Red Flags of Workers’ Compensation Fraud & How to Avoid Them

Workers’ compensation is designed to help injured workers recover from a work accident. It helps employees get back to work quickly without incurring significant amounts of medical debt. When the system works properly, it is a win for everyone—from employers…

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Workers’ Compensation and Returning to Work: Everything You Need to Know 

Following a serious workplace injury, employees who receive workers’ compensation are likely to be out of work for an extended period of time during recovery. Once a claimant’s recovery process is completed or near completion, those without serious disabling injuries…

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How To Win A Fibromyalgia Disability Case

In order to win a fibromyalgia Social Security disability case, you will have to demonstrate that you are unable to work. In the end, your capacity to work is the hinge point of a win or a loss. Unfortunately, more…

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Disability Benefits for Legally Blind Individuals

Blindness or visual impairment gives rise to problems that affect every area of your life, even your ability to work. Fortunately, benefits for legally blind individuals are available from the Social Security Administration as well as the Pennsylvania State Blind…

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Lay Off and Plant Closures:  The Effect on Injured Workers

This week in Philadelphia, two major employers recently announced they would be closing their doors for good: Hahnemann University Hospital and PES’ South Philadelphia Oil Refinery. With these recent announcements, many injured workers’ employed by these companies may be asking:…

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Workers’ Compensation Check’s – Where’s Mine & How Much Should I Expect?

Insurance companies are supposed to pay your workers’ compensation check at the same frequency you get your normal wages. If you are paid weekly, you should get your workers’ compensation check every week.   Table of Contents Why Is My…

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8 Ways To Avoid Disability Fraud Investigation

Being investigated for Social Security disability fraud is more common than you might think. People on disability with mental illnesses or other “invisible” conditions like fibromyalgia may be investigated as well as those with more visible conditions. Unfortunately, malingering is…

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Light Duty Work & Restrictions Under Workers’ Comp Law

If you are injured on the job and your doctor says you can return to work with restrictions, your employer may offer you light-duty work.   Table of Contents What Is Considered Light-Duty Work?Light Duties Defined Under Workers’ Comp LawExamples…

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How The Trial Work Period Operates Under Social Security Disability

Despite widespread belief to the contrary, individuals receiving Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) from the Social Security Administration (SSA), are eligible to test their ability to return to work without jeopardizing their benefits. This program, overseen by the Social Security…

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When to Hire a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer After Your Injury

If you have a workers’ comp claim or suspect that you do, it is critical that you know when to hire a workers comp lawyer. Since lawyers typically won’t charge you any fees unless you win, consulting a workers’ comp…

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Factors that Determine Workers’ Compensation Eligibility

Pennsylvania workers’ compensation requires that you be an employee and be injured at work or due to job-related duties to be eligible for benefits. Although these requirements may seem straightforward, they can be more complicated than you realize. It is…

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Supplemental Security Income (SSI) For Children: Applications & Benefits Explained

It is important to be aware of the regulations and rules surrounding SSI disability for children. Knowing the accessible benefits, how to apply for this, and what to expect is important when you intend to start an application for SSI…

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How To Properly Evaluate & Report Unsafe Working Conditions

Safe working conditions are vital for many reasons with workers safety being paramount. Ensuring that employers follow safe procedures significantly decreases the occurrence of work injuries. Both federal and Pennsylvania law requires that employers follow specific rules and regulations regarding…

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How Much Are Workers’ Comp Payments & Settlements for Back Injuries?

About a million workplace back injuries are reported every year in a variety of occupations, from truck drivers to nurses. You might be one of these injured workers wondering what the average workers’ comp settlement for a back injury actually…

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Social Security Disability Benefits for Depression or Bipolar Disorder

Mental health disorders, such as a bipolar disability and depression, can affect every phase of a person’s life. These effects include an inability to socialize, to concentrate, and to have relationships. SSDI disability claims for bipolar disorder or depression may…

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Workers’ Compensation for Neck Injuries: The Average Settlements and Payment Amounts

Workers’ compensation is designed to make it easier and simpler for both employees and employers to resolve compensation issues when an employee suffers a work-related injury, especially something as potentially serious as a neck injury. The average lump sum workers’…

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What You Need to Know About Filing for Unemployment and Social Security Disability at the Same Time

You’re facing two problems if you’re disabled and unemployed. First, the necessary paperwork can take months, or even years, before you ever see a disability check. That’s assuming you are eligible for disability in the first place. Second, retroactive benefits…

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How to Get Short Term Disability in PA: The Qualifications and Application Process Explained

Pennsylvania short term disability benefits may be awarded to incapacitated or sick employees who cannot work, yet expect their ailments to last less than one year. Short-term disability insurance can also be purchased through an insurance company if an employer…

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