10 Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Myths Addressed

There are many ‘myths’ out there about Pennsylvania workers’ compensation that I hear during an intake process. I address those myths in this article. Here are the top 10 Pennsylvania workers comp myths. I should just wait and see how my injury heals Waiting to see how your injury heal before providing notice of injury to your employer and filing a workers’ compensation claim will put your claim in jeopardy. There are statutory deadlines to provide notice to your employer…

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Can I Get a Job While on Workers’ Comp Benefits?

The Pennsylvania workers’ compensation process can drag on for injured workers. A frequent question I am asked is whether an injured worker can start a new job while on workers’ compensation benefits. The answer is yes, an injured worker can start a new job while on workers’ compensation benefits. An Injured worker must report new job to the insurance carrier If an injured worker is receiving wage loss benefits and begins working a new job, the injured worker is required…

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Termination and Suspension Petitions in Pennsylvania Workers Compensation

Termination and suspension petitions in Pennsylvania workers’ compensation are frequently litigated. They are filed by Employers and are a direct threat to benefits for injured workers in Pennsylvania. What are they and are they different? Termination Petition in Pennsylvania workers’ compensation Termination Petitions are filed by employers in Pennsylvania workers’ compensation when the employer is alleging that the injured worker has fully recovered from the work injury. Essentially, the employer is asking a Workers’ Compensation Judge (WCJ) to terminate/end wage…

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Herniated Discs and Pennsylvania Workers Compensation

Unfortunately, herniated discs as work injuries in Pennsylvania are much too common. Often, herniated discs become a catalyst to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation litigation. Mooney Law has litigated and settled hundreds of herniated disc cases in Pennsylvania and we stand ready to fight for you as well. What is a herniated disc? Discs are located between the vertebrae (bones) of your spine. These discs have a soft, jelly-like substance inside the disc. In short, a herniated disc is a rupture in…

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Unpaid Medical Bills and Pennsylvania Workers’ Comp

When you suffer a work-related injury, one of the primary concerns is medical treatment and who will be responsible for payment of medical bills. Depending on the seriousness of the injury, unpaid medical bills can pile up into a significant sum. The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act provides for the payment of medical bills. In cases where the insurance carrier accepts the injury, this is normally not a concern. However, when the insurance carrier denies a claim, that is when medical…

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Arthritis in Pennsylvania Workers Compensation

Arthritis in Pennsylvania workers compensation is the subject of plenty of litigation. Arthritis triggers denials in worker compensation cases, which leads to unpaid wages and unpaid medical bills, and triggers denial of needed medical treatment. What causes arthritis? Arthritis can be a debilitating medical condition. Generally, arthritis is inflammation and/or swelling in one or more joints. It is extremely common in people age 50 or older. There are several different types of arthritis, most notably osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Although…

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Must I report other income while on Workers’ Comp?

Some times when an injured worker is on workers’ compensation wage loss benefits, they may want to work part-time to TRY and ‘make up the difference’ from workers compensation payments. The question is, must other income be reported while on workers’ compensation? The answer to that question is an emphatic YES. Failing to do so will lead to an overpayment and could be perceived as fraud. The workers’ compensation insurance carrier will seek the overpayment by filing a modification/suspension petition…

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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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