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Do you have to see the company doctor in Pennsylvania?

If you're injured on the job in Pennsylvania and you want to file a workers' compensation claim, your employer does have the right to determine which physicians you can see -- within limits.

Learning more about what limits your employer has to follow gives you the information that you need in order to keep control over your own medical care and future.

Pennsylvania ABLE allows saving without jeopardizing benefits

A new program spearheaded by Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey will allow those with disabilities to save money without endangering their Social Security benefits. Pennsylvania ABLE, which operates under the federal ABLE Act, creates an exception for those living with disabilities to have savings up to $100,000 without disqualifying themselves from government assistance.

The program is built to work in tandem with Social Security and Supplemental Security Disability Income, allowing anyone who qualifies for these programs to enjoy the savings exception. In practice, the program operates much like a special needs trust, allowing those with disabilities to exercise wisdom and save money without the fear that their benefits will evaporate.

Diseases caused by asbestos in Philadelphia

Asbestos was a popular item used in construction decades ago. As many commercial and residential buildings are renovated, the asbestos is removed by professionals to bring the buildings up to code. Asbestos was not only used in construction, but also at shipyards across the country. Here are some of the diseases caused by asbestos in Philadelphia.

Ovarian cancer can be caused by asbestos. A study performed in 2012 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) confirmed that exposure to asbestos can cause this type of cancer in women. A large number of the cases confirmed were actually present in women who had husbands or fathers who worked in industries that use asbestos.

New rules would allow insurers to deny opioid coverage

Several states are considering new rules for combating opioid use that place injured workers in a difficult position when it comes to recovery. The rule changes, if instituted, will give state regulatory bureaus that oversee workers' compensation claims the power to demand that injured employees be incrementally denied coverage for painkillers after an injury.

The motivation for these rule changes is complex. On the one hand, it is becoming widely accepted that opioid painkillers are abused regularly and often lead to life-altering addiction. In Pennsylvania, about one out of every 10 people prescribed some form of opioid after an injury develops a dependency on the drugs. The hard truth of the matter is that opioid addiction regularly leads to destructive life choices or dependency on other, more dangerous and available drugs, such as black tar heroin and methamphetamine.

What are presumptive disability benefits?

If you're filing for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for yourself or on behalf of a child, there's a possibility that you may receive a presumptive disability finding.

This allows you to almost immediately begin collecting SSI benefits, including entitlement to Medicaid, for up to six months while your disability claim is formally being decided.

Deemed marriages and Supplemental Security Income benefits

Could your significant other's income cause your SSI benefits to stop even if you aren't legally married? Absolutely.

Because SSI benefits are need-based, whether or not you are entitled to them rests on two different factors:

Difference between disability benefits and workers' compensation

Suffering an injury or illness while on the job can be stressful. When you are injured or sickened and have to miss work, there are a few options out there to help. Those include workers' compensation, Social Security disability benefits and state disability benefits. There are differences between them all and you should understand those differences so you know which one is best for your situation.

One of the most important things you need to understand is that worker's compensation is provided to you if you suffer an injury while on the job. This compensation is in lieu of a lawsuit against your employer. Almost all employers are required by law to carry workers' compensation insurance for their employees.

Rolling back safety regulation may hurt employees

There are many factors that contribute to safe environments, but one of the most important is an employer who values workers' safety. Unfortunately, many employers are less concerned with safety than they are with profitability. Now, the Senate is moving to undo a safety regulation that worked in favor of many employees.

Under the current safety regulations, employers must keep records of injuries or illnesses within their workplace dating back five years, and can be held liable for fines if they do not comply. If this regulation is undone, employers would only be required to keep injury and illness records for six months.

Malingerers make it harder on others to get approved for benefits

Sometimes people get sick for reasons that doctors can't identify. However, just because the physical cause for a patient's symptoms can't be identified doesn't mean that he or she is malingering -- faking an illness -- in order to get approved for disability benefits.

There are actually a number of possible reasons someone might suffer from symptoms that defy easy explanations:

Difference between disability benefits and workers' compensation

Suffering an injury or illness while on the job can be stressful. When you are injured or sickened and have to miss work, there are a few options out there to help. Those include workers' compensation, Social Security disability benefits and state disability benefits. There are differences between them all and you should understand those differences so you know which one is best for your situation.

One of the most important things you need to understand is that worker's compensation is provided to you if you suffer an injury while on the job. This compensation is in lieu of a lawsuit against your employer. Almost all employers are required by law to carry workers' compensation insurance for their employees.

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Our Philadelphia firm and attorneys have received numerous accolades in the area of workers' compensation law. Several of our attorneys have been recognized by their peers and listed in Super Lawyers since 2006. The Super Lawyers process recognizes the top lawyers in their fields in Pennsylvania.

Since 2010, our law firm has been rated as a tier-one law firm for workers' compensation law claimants in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report — Best Law Firms Edition.

Since 2009, Jason Krasno has been selected to the Best Lawyers® "America's Best" series. The Best Lawyers® award is given only to a handful of attorneys throughout the United States each year. Jason was also selected as a top workers' compensation attorney. You can see the articles on Jason in Newsweek's Aug. 23, 2010, edition.

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