Mooney Law Wins Review Petition to Expand Injury Description

I recently won a Review Petition expanding the injury description beyond the accepted injury. This type of petition is frequently litigated in Pennsylvania workers’ compensation and I have handled tons of these petitions for more than a decade. Often, the injury description at the time of injury is not the accurate description of injury. What follows then is denied medical treatment and unpaid medical bills. In this case, the workers’ compensation insurance company accepted an injury to my client’s shoulder.…

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Providing proper notice of a work injury matters

When you are injured on the job, providing proper notice of a work injury to your employer matters. This article references notice content more than time frames. I have written about time frames for providing notice of a work injury and you can read that here. Sometimes injured workers have fear in reporting a work injury. They fear retribution, termination of employment, or harassment if they report a work-related injury. Of specific note here, those reasons above, should they occur,…

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Don’t Feel Guilty, Work Injuries Happen

One thing I tell my clients is ‘don’t feel guilty, work injuries happen”. Why do I tell them that? Because I hear the guilt in their voices. They say things like “I didn’t mean for this to happen” or “I’ve never been through this before” or “I never thought this would happen to me.” Where do these statements really come from? More than likely, I find out these statements come when an injured worker is being unfairly treated by supervisors…

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Can CBD Oil Be Reimbursed by Workers’ Compensation in Pennsylvania?

CBD Oil, when prescribed by a doctor for a work-related injury, can be reimbursed by the workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania. With the onset of medical marijuana and now CBD oil, court rulings and regulations are further clarifying the law regarding these alternative medical treatments. First, let’s take a look at the latest case law regarding medical marijuana. First, when reading the case law, MMA means Medical Marijuana Act. In 2023, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court issued a ruling on a Penalty…

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A new client review for Workers’ Comp

A new review was posted yesterday from a client we represented in her Pennsylvania workers' compensation case.  I so appreciate the feedback.  This client had a denied claim.  We filed a Claim Petition on her behalf.  Eventually our client improved and was able to return to work.  Prior to going to decision on her case, we discussed settlement and whether it was in her best interest or not.  She missed six months of work.  Yet, we still managed to settle…

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About light duty work in Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation?

Light duty in Pennsylvania workers’ compensation becomes an issue when you are released to return to work by your doctor. Many employers in Pennsylvania offer light duty work to stop paying temporary total disability benefits that are costly for their insurance premiums. It is also important to note that employers are not required to offer light duty. What is light duty work? Employers have the right to offer you light duty work that meets your doctor’s work restrictions. That light…

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Can I help with Maryland Workers’ Comp?

I often get questions from Pennsylvania residents that get hurt in Maryland whether they need to find a firm in Maryland to handle their workers' compensation case in Maryland.  The answer to the question is NO.   Several of Mooney Law's Pennsylvania office locations, specifically Chambersburg, Waynesboro, Gettysburg, Hanover, and York, are close to the Pennsylvania and Maryland border.  Often times, Pennsylvania residents live in Pennsylvania but work in Maryland and get hurt at work in Maryland.  If you work in…

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Pennsylvania elbow work injuries

In Pennsylvania, elbow work injuries can be covered by workers’ compensation. Hurting your elbow at work is not uncommon. Many times these can be serious injuries that could require surgical intervention. How do elbow work injuries usually occur? Like many joint related injuries, such as the shoulder, ankle, and knee, these injuries can happen in a variety of ways. Common type of activities that cause traumatic elbow injuries are lifting heavy items, banging the elbow into something, and slipping and…

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Can I get Disfigurement Benefits in Pennsylvania Workers Compensation?

Pennsylvania injured workers may be eligible for disfigurement benefits under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act (here in referred to as ‘Act’). However, it is important to know that these benefits are quite specific. What is the law on disfigurement? First and foremost, disfigurement benefits are limited. Just because you have surgery for your work injury and have a scar does not entitle you to disfigurement benefits. They are only applicable for scarring or disfigurement to the hand, neck, and face.…

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Pennsylvania Workers Comp Petition Primer

This article is a Pennsylvania Workers Comp petition primer. There are many different petitions that can be filed in the course of a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation case. This article discusses the common petitions filed. It is not an exhaustive list, because there are petitions that can be filed for other reasons but are much more infrequent. Common petitions filed by the injured worker: Claim Petition. Claim Petitions are petitions filed by an injured worker when the insurance carrier denies the…

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