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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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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