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Is COVID-19 an Occupational Disease?

Although quarantine and social distancing regulations are in place so that the general public is kept safe from coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure, essential workers have been required to continue working. These workers play a vital role in maintaining public health and…

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Can Occupational Diseases Be the Basis of Workers’ Compensation Claims?

Occupational diseases can be severely debilitating and may affect not just your career, but also your long-term health. Diseases contracted in a particular work environment or through work-related activities may be compensable under workers’ compensation laws. In this article, we’ll…

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5 Things to Expect at Your Workers’ Compensation Mediation

Every lawsuit or claim starts with a dispute. Workers’ comp mediation gives parties a way to informally settle that dispute without having to go to court. In worker’s compensation, a mediator helps an injured worker get medical benefits and weekly benefits…

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5 Things You Should Never Say to a Workers’ Comp Doctor

Your workers’ compensation doctor has a huge impact on your workers’ compensation claim. The doctor will tell you what kind of treatment you need, how long you are unable to work, and how your injury will affect you for years…

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6 Signs You Need to Fire Your Workers’ Comp Attorney and Get New Representation

Your attorney should be your best resource and biggest cheerleader in your workers’ compensation case. He or she will do their best for you while also providing realistic legal advice that fits your situation. However, there are circumstances where your…

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Can You Get FMLA and Workers’ Comp Concurrently?

You can get both FMLA and workers’ compensation benefits at the same time in Pennsylvania. However, you must meet certain qualifications to get both of these types of benefits. The requirements are different, and you will likely get more benefits…

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Employer Refusing to Report Your Injury? Here’s What You Need to Do

To start the workers’ compensation process, you need to report your injury or illness to your employer within 120 days of the incident. Then, your employer will report the incident to their insurance carrier and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor…

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What is Maximum Medical Improvement, and How Does it Impact Your Workers’ Comp Claim?

Maximum medical improvement or MMI is a standard used in legal cases. It is particularly prevalent in workers’ compensation cases. MMI is a point that you reach in your medical care. It does not mean that you are fully healed…

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When You Should Get a Second Opinion for Your Workers’ Comp Claim

Insurance companies are in the business of saving money. They want to pay you as little as possible for your workers’ compensation claim. Unfortunately, that can also mean denying you medical treatment as well. Insurance adjusters work with the same…

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When Can Workers’ Compensation Stop or Suspend My Payments Without Notice?

As a general rule, your workers’ compensation payments will not just stop without reason. If they do, then you need to contact a workers’ comp lawyer right away to get this issue addressed. Your weekly check should keep coming as…

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Workers Comp Claims Adjusters and You: How to Deal with Insurance Adjusters

When you are injured at work, your employer and their insurance company should immediately step in to help you get the medical care and lost wage benefits you need. A workers’ compensation claims adjuster is someone who helps facilitate and…

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Workers’ Comp Investigators: 4 Surveillance Tactics They Might Use on You

Some injured workers are shocked to discover that their employer or its insurance company has sent a private investigator to watch them or “conduct surveillance.” Although it may seem like an unfair violation of your privacy, this is legal under…

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Workers’ Compensation Denied Surgery You Need? Here’s What You Need to Do

Your employer or their insurance company is supposed to provide you with all the medical treatment  you need to get back on your feet after a work accident. However, there are situations where they simply do not do what is…

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How To Determine The Average Workers’ Compensation Settlement

The average worker’s compensation settlement differs depending on the severity of the injuries and the employee’s ability to return to work. The dollar figure of your workers’ compensation benefits depends on a myriad of factors. The bottom line is that you…

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The PA Workers’ Compensation Law Explained

Workers’ compensation benefits in Pennsylvania are governed, in large part, by the PA Workers’ Compensation Act. Workers need to be aware of the risks of being hurt in workplace and prepared to take action to get benefits. This includes knowing…

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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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