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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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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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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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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.   What Is Considered Light-Duty Work? Light (or Modified Duty) work means that your employer…

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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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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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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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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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Compromise & Release Agreements: Their Effect on Workers’ Compensation Settlements

If you’ve been injured at work or someone you love has suffered an injury while working, you probably have a workers’ compensation case. During this process, you may hear about compromise and release agreements. You need to understand what these…

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Read These 7 Tips Before Suing Your Employer for Negligence

The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act makes holding your coworkers or employer civilly liable for injuries you sustained while working difficult. This is because Workers’ Compensation is considered a “no-fault benefit” in Pennsylvania. There are concessions to this rule that can…

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Do Lump Sum Payments Benefit Your Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Settlement?

A person who suffered an injury at work may file a workers’ compensation claim to receive money for the cost of medical care and lost wages. In some cases, a workmans’ comp lump sum settlement may be an option. The…

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Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Rates: How Much You Should Expect

Suffering an injury on the job can be a traumatic and stressful experience. In the blink of an eye, your world is turned upside down, especially if you suffer a debilitating injury that leaves you permanently or partially disabled. PA…

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Lester Alan Krasno (1944-2019)

  It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo’s former CEO & founding member, Lester Alan Krasno. A Fifty-Year Member of the Schuylkill County Bar, Lester began his legal career handling civil and…

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What is a Vocational Expert Testimony and Why is an Expert At My SSDI Hearing?

A vocational expert testimony is a critical part of the hearing process to determine your eligibility for disability.  Vocational experts know what skills and abilities are necessary to perform specific jobs. They are often called on to provide expert testimony…

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How Do I Know What My Workers’ Compensation Settlement Covers?

What Does Workers’ Compensation Cover? In Pennsylvania, employees who are injured on the job are eligible to collect workers’ compensation benefits, which includes medical benefits, as well as a partial wage replacement. Although Pennsylvania’s workers’ comp program is one of…

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What Veterans Should Know About Social Security Disability Benefits

What Veterans Should Know About Social Security Disability Benefits   You are a disabled American. You are also an American hero who served your country in the armed forces. You may be a war veteran; you may be disabled as…

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Worker Wins Appeal in their Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Case

Worker Wins Appeal in their Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Case   On September 25th, 2017, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled in favor of an injured employee in a complex workers’ compensation appeal. The case, Shawn Fields v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal…

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Can Filing for Social Security Disability Benefits Lower My Pension?

Can Filing for Social Security Disability Benefits Lower My Pension?   You are a disabled American. Perhaps you have a work history but, due to an injury, are no longer able to work.   Your disability is a result of…

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The Latest Updates in Workers’ Compensation Fatality Statistics

Work Injury Fatality Statistics   According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), an estimated 4,836 fatal work injuries occurred across the country in 2015. Tragically, many of these employees left behind devastated family members who were forced to…

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How Do I Know If I am Eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance?

During a message to Congress on January 17, 1934, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt presented his idea that later became the Social Security Act or the Act. The purpose of the Act was, in President Roosevelt’s words, to provide for the…

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I Slipped and Was Hurt on the Job: Is My Employer Liable for My Injury?

You may automatically think it’s your employer’s responsibility to pay for any medical expenses if you slip and fall at work. You may also wonder if they are at fault or if you can sue your employer for injury from…

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