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What are the steps in the PA Workers’ Compensation process?

Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Flow Chart The PA Workers’ Compensation process is complicated. The lawyers at Pearson Koutcher Law are here to help, starting with the flow chart below that breaks down the steps of the Workers’ Compensation process in Pennsylvania. Please read through and then give us a call with your questions. We look forward to speaking to you! Call Pearson Koutcher Law to Discuss Your Workers’ Compensation Claim Let us put our decades ofContinue Reading

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What are the differences between New Jersey and Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation?

What is workers’ compensation? Pennsylvania and New Jersey: No fault system which provides benefits for injured workers. You don’t have to show that the injury was somebody’s fault, just that the injury happened at work. What do you do if you are injured at work? Pennsylvania and New Jersey: Report the injury to your supervisor, manager, or human resources department immediately. Describe when, where, and how the injury happened. Notice by word of mouth, email,Continue Reading

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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’Continue Reading

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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 arsenalContinue Reading

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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 aContinue Reading

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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 workContinue Reading

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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.Continue Reading

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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 accountContinue Reading

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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 inContinue Reading

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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 theContinue Reading

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