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Do your actions on and off the internet jeopardize your workers’ comp benefits?

Facebook has made founder Mark Zuckerberg a multi-billionaire but it has cost injured workers thousands of dollars in their workers’ compensation cases. All too often, an injured worker will post pictures of himself on Facebook – or one of the other social media sites – dancing, playing a sport, or engaging in some other activity that is inconsistent with him being disabled and unable to perform his job. This can significantly weaken the person’s workers’…

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What are Termination, Suspension and Modification Petitions in PA Workers Comp?

If you have injured yourself at work and started to receive workers’ compensation benefits because you’re not able to do your job and your medical bills are being paid, we have to caution you: don’t get too comfortable. The insurance company for your employer is always looking for ways to reduce the amount of money they have to pay an injured worker in wage loss and medical benefits. One of the tools in their arsenal…

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Is Tendonitis covered by Pa Workers’ Compensation?

What is tendonitis? Tendons are thick pieces of tissue that connect muscle and bone together. Tendonitis is an inflammation of a tendon most commonly in wrists, arms, fingers, and legs, but can include other parts of the body as well. Who is at risk for Tendonitis at work? Tendonitis is often caused by repetitive trauma or stress injuries. Repetitive stress injuries are injuries that build over time, opposed to a single traumatic incident like a…

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Should I seek medical treatment if I hurt myself at work in PA?

If you injure yourself at work, it’s important that you seek medical treatment promptly and continue undergoing treatment for as long as you suffer pain and limitations from your injuries. This may seem obvious, but some injured workers are remiss in seeing doctors and it ends up causing them to lose their case. An example will illustrate the danger of waiting to get medical treatment for a work injury. Suppose you bend over at work…

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What is a Utilization Review in Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation?

Pennsylvania workers’ compensation insurance companies are always looking for ways to limit the amount of money they are required to pay on claims. One of their weapons is a utilization review (U.R., for short) which they often file to challenge whether treatment an injured worker is receiving for his work injury is reasonable and necessary. Let’s take a look at the process and what you can expect if a U.R. is filed in your case.…

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What are the Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Pennsylvania?

If you injure yourself at work in Pennsylvania, there are primarily two types of benefits that you may receive. First and foremost, you are entitled to wage less benefits – in other words, money. You may receive wage loss benefits if your work injury has prevented you from doing your job. The amount you are entitled to is based on the wages you earned for your employer. Using on a formula which takes into account…

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Scars, Disfigurement and Workers’ Compensation

People usually file workers’ compensation claims because they have injured themselves on the job and are seeking money for their lost wages and payment of their medical bills. Many people don’t realize that they are potentially entitled to additional money if they are disfigured as a result of their work injury. Burns, cuts which require stitches and develop into scars, and surgical scars are the most common examples. Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law spells out in…

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Can I receive unemployment benefits and file for Workers’ Compensation in Pennsylvania?

Let’s say you injured yourself at work, your claim has been denied, and a petition for benefits on your behalf has been filed which is being heard by a workers’ compensation judge. The process is lengthy, and you don’t have any money coming in, so you ask yourself: Can I apply for unemployment benefits while my workers’ compensation claim is pending? The answer is, yes you can, but it’s important for you to understand the…

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Risky Business: Proceeding without a Lawyer in Your Workers’ Compensation Case

Three weeks ago, you were evaluated by a doctor which you were sent to by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company. You explained to the doctor how you injured yourself at work a few months back, continue to have pain and limitations which prevent you from doing your job, and are receiving treatment from two doctors. Surely, the doctor will agree that you have not recovered from your work injury and cannot go back to…

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Spring Cleaning Tips

Get tidy with these tips! Now that Spring is right around the corner, many will develop an all too familiar case of spring fever after being confined to the indoors all winter long. With the fast pace of the holidays, recommitting to busy daily routines, and Cold and Flu Season still lingering, it is easy for extra clutter and germs to build up in neglected areas. There’s no better way to remedy this issue than…

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