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The Pearson Koutcher Law Workers’ Compensation Blog is your online resource for when you are injured on the job in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. Featuring the latest workers’ compensation news, Pearson Koutcher Law’s articles and updated information will help you get answers to your question as well as to obtain the workers’ compensation benefits that you deserve.


Saturday, June 29th, the Philadelphia Work Accident Attorneys, Jonathan Koutcher and Eric Pearson, spoke at SEIU Local 32BJ to discuss workers’ compensation topics and issues relative to their members.  “We really appreciate the opportunity to develop a solid and trusting relationship with the members of 32BJ.  We are honored to be invited to speak at these meetings!” said Mr. Pearson about himself and his partner, Jonathan Koutcher.   Mr. Pearson continued….  “We have enjoyed the time spent with 32BJ and look forward to the years to come.” SEIU local 32BJ is the largest union of property service workers in the United
Sometimes the most important element in a workers’ compensation claim, providing timely notice to the employer of the work accident and the resultant injury, is often the most overlooked. Providing notice is critical to a successful claim.  Unfortunately, many injured workers do not notify their employer of an injury that occurs at work, or when notice is provided by the injured worker, it is legally insufficient or too late. An injured worker must provide notice of an accident and injury to the employer within 120 days of the accident.  It is the injured worker’s burden of proof to establish that
For chronic pain sufferers, narcotic pain medication is often prescribed.  Pain management is a controversial yet growing field in medicine. Prescribing controlled substances appropriately is often met with challenges:  manipulation of drug abusers and physicians over prescribing narcotics is balanced by a misunderstanding of the public towards narcotics and the individual suffering in chronic pain. What is chronic pain? Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than six months.  It can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating.  The symptoms of chronic pain include: Mild to severe pain that does not go away Pain that
On January 18, 2013, attorney Eric B. Pearson, partner at Philadelphia work injury law firm, Pearson Koutcher Law, spoke at the SEIU local 32BJ meeting to discuss workers’ compensation topics and issues relative to their members.  Mr. Pearson will be participating in steward training sessions, helping the stewards to understand some of the important requirements of the Pennsylvania workers compensation system. With over 120,000 members, concentrating in the Northeast – in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C. – but reaching southern Florida and as far west as Montana, SEIU local 32BJ is the
The Pennsylvania Workers Compensation system is essentially set up to be a wage loss substitute for people injured at work. Disability is synonymous with a loss of earning power. Terms such as total disability and partial disability clarify the status of the injured worker; these terms have nothing to do with the seriousness or permanency of an injury. To be totally disabled in the context of a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claim means you are receiving total disability benefits. It means you are not receiving wages. It means you have not been subjected to an impairment rating evaluation. It means in
As we look back on 2012, Eric and I are so grateful to those who have supported our endeavors. In 2011, Eric and I decided to start our own law firm, which we called Pearson Koutcher Law, with the singular focus of representing individuals injured involved in some type of work related accident. Our goals were simple: work hard; be available to our clients around the clock; and, never lose sight of the values and principles that led us to start our new law firm. 2012 was a tremendous year for Pearson Koutcher Law. We have achieved our goals and
After a work injury, some injured workers are released back to full, unrestricted duty by their treating physician or other healthcare provider. Sometimes, however, an injured worker is returned to work with restrictions. If you are returned to work with restrictions and experience a wage loss when compared to the wages you earned at the time of your accident, you may be eligible for partial disability benefits. The Philadelphia workers comp lawyers at Pearson Koutcher Law have a combined three decades of experience pursuing claims for partial disability benefits on behalf of injured workers. Below are two typical scenarios when
Eric Pearson and Jonathan Koutcher, partners at Pearson Koutcher Law a Philadelphia workers’ comp law firm, were invited to speak to union members about workers’ compensation topics and issues affecting the union members.  On November 14, 2012, Mr. Pearson and Mr. Koutcher spoke to members of The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 614, and on December 11, 2012, Mr. Pearson and Mr. Koutcher spoke to members of Local 835 Operating Engineers. The Philadelphia work injury attorneys at Pearson Koutcher Law represent many union members of various unions and in Philadelphia and the nearby surrounding counties. “We take great
One worker killed and another injured in a tragic industrial accident Wednesday, December 5th 2012 in Lower Providence Township, Montgomery County PA.  According to philly.com, one worker was killed after falling into a 100-foot aqua colored tower while performing maintenance, while another worker suffered injuries after falling half way through the tank.  After three house and several fire companies, the surviving man, who was wearing a work harness, was rescued. “There had been some type of malfunction with the industrial equipment,” said Lower Providence Township Fire Chief Bryan McFarlarn, “and we did have one victim that was approximately 40 to
Eric B. Pearson and Jonathan B. Koutcher, of the Philadelphia workers’ compensation law firm Pearson Koutcher Law attended the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children’s (DVAEYC) 18th annual Champions for Young Children event at the Comcast Center on November 29, 2012. Founded in the 1960’s, DVAECY supports early childhood professionals and promotes public engagement to improve early education in the community. With more than 2000 members, DVAECY’s mission is to ensure educational opportunity for every child in the Delaware Valley by training early childhood professionals in best practice skills and career development. The Philadelphia workers’ comp lawyers
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