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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.

On Saturday, October 13, 2018 Local 1201/SEIU 32BJ, whose membership represents over 3500 Public School Employees among which are Cleaning, Bus Drivers, Bus Attendants, School Aides, Building Engineers, Maintenance, Trade Mechanics, Environmental, Pest Control Workers, Field Grounds and Inspectors, invited Eric Pearson, Esquire, Managing Partner and cofounder of the Workers’ Compensation firm of Pearson Koutcher Law to present an educational seminar to update the Union’s membership concerning the intricacies and requirements of the current Workers’ Compensation laws.The seminar, which took place at Local 1201’s Union hall, was both well attended and well received. Mr. Pearson stressed the importance of reporting
On Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Eric Pearson, Esquire, Managing Partner and co-founder of the Workers’ Compensation law firm of Pearson Koutcher was invited to speak at the General Membership Meeting of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 614. The meeting, which took place in Collegeville, PA, had over one hundred members in attendance. Mr. Pearson was honored to be invited and happy to assist the Union leadership in their effort to keep membership current about the Workers’ Compensation law and the worker’s duties when injured.The speech addressed issues including hearing loss claims, disfigurement claims and notice requirement. IBEW
In our prior blogs, we have talked a lot about the phrase “course and scope of employment” and how that standard is used to determine what is and is not considered to be a work injury. Most people are unaware and equally surprised to learn that under the right circumstances, an injury sustained while playing on your office’s softball team or in your office gym can be considered a work injury. Right off the bat (pun intended) let’s clarify that just because you are on a softball team with two guys from work, does not mean that any injury you
In our previous blog we discussed what defines a work injury. We discussed the importance of the “course and scope” requirement and how activities like using the bathroom at work do not take an employee outside the course and scope of their employment. In this blog, we will explore the circumstances that exist where an injury may appear to be work-related but is in fact unrelated. The first of these situations is one where the employee is at work on the employer’s premises but is injured while attending to a personal activity or an activity in no way related to

September 28, 2018

What Is A Work Injury?

On its face, evaluating whether an injury is a work injury seems relatively simple. If you are on a family vacation in a different country and break your leg on a water slide, this clearly is not work-related. Conversely, if you trip while carrying a new water jug to the dispenser in your office kitchen, this is likely to be a work-related injury… UNLESS your employer expressly told you not to refill the water dispenser under any circumstance and you disobeyed a direct instruction from your employer. This second example highlights the gray areas that exist in determining whether your
Pearson Koutcher Law is pleased to announce that founding partners Eric Pearson and Jon Koutcher have each been named to the 25th Edition of “The Best Lawyers in America” for their work representing injured Claimants in Workers’ Compensation Law. The “Best Lawyers in America” list is comprised of the top 5% of private practicing attorney’s in the country. Attorneys must be nominated by other attorneys or their clients. After an attorney is nominated, they must be vetted and receive votes from their peers to ensure that only the highest caliber of attorneys are selected. We want to congratulate Eric and
One of the largest misconceptions seen in Workers’ Compensation is that a worker must exaggerate their pain complaints in order to be successful in obtaining benefits. Injured workers are almost always required to testify in any form of Workers’ Comp litigation, whether they are seeking benefits in a Claim Petition or the employer is trying to terminate their benefits. Within that testimony we often see injured workers report extremely severe pain complaints that is not reflected in their medical records. We also encounter individuals who report that none of the treatment provided has helped their condition improve. In some cases,
We are not saying every employer misleads injured employees about their right to worker’s compensation benefits but too often do we encounter cases where an employee has been taken advantage of by either their employer of their employer’s insurance carrier. Even if you have an excellent relationship with your manager or co-workers, this does not necessarily mean your employer will simply provide you with the benefits you are rightfully entitled to. Your employer is required to complete and keep record of any injury that you report. If your injury keeps you out of work for more than one day they
One of the most common, if not the most common, misconception in Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation is the belief that the average Workers’ Compensation case is worth a small fortune. Unfortunately, it is relatively certain that winning your Workers’ Compensation claim in Pennsylvania will not set you up to retire on an island for the rest of your life. (We wish it did, so you could invite us on vacation!) Unrealistic expectations can derail a case and cause the injured worker to decline an otherwise great settlement offer. The expectations are usually fueled by TV and movies, which depict injured parties
Earlier in the blog series we discussed the misconception that only people who sustain serious, one-time injuries are eligible to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits: Common Workers’ Compensation Misconceptions. We explained that work injuries can be caused by the repetitive-stress of your job and do not need to be pin-pointed to a specific time, date, or incident in order to be eligible for compensation. One of the difficulties of proving a repetitive-stress type case is proving the claimant was having pain that led them to go out of work. Too often, we see people who were experiencing pain from repetitive activities
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