PA Workers Comp: Average Weekly Wage adjustments for 2013

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry in early January published the new average weekly wage rates for 2013.  What is average weekly wage?  The average weekly wage determination is one of the most important aspects of your workers' compensation case because it dictates what your actual compensation rate will be if you are out of work because of a work injury. Indemnity benefits, otherwise known as wage loss benefits, are payable when you are out of work or when…

Continue ReadingPA Workers Comp: Average Weekly Wage adjustments for 2013

Treating with your Employer’s panel doctor

One question I frequently get from potential workers' compensation clients is how long must I treat with a panel doctor/provider.  The answer is, it depends.  There are a few nuances about the treating with a panel doctor that could effect your case. First, the general rule is simple.  If your employer has a panel list of provider, the PA Workers Compensation statute requires you to treat with the panel provider for the first 90 days after your injury date.  Does…

Continue ReadingTreating with your Employer’s panel doctor