PA Supreme Court rejects appeal from a former Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has denied the appeal of former Pittsburgh Steeler Ainsley Battles.  The former Steelers' player was seeking workers' compensation benefits for a torn hamstring, which was an on-the-field injury. Battles had surgery on the hamstring in 2004 and underwent subsequent rehabilitation with the Steelers training staff.  Eventually he was eventually released to play football again by his doctor in August of 2005. After his medical release, in 2006 the Steelers did not resign Battles to the roster.…

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Pennsylvania Notice of Injury to your Employer

I often get clients in my office that have either not told their employer about their work injury or told their employer about A injury, but failed to mention is happened at work.  Those are mistakes.  It is imperative that you tell your employer about your injury AND that it occurred at work.  Failure to do so can result in an unnecessary issuance of a denial. First, there is no requirement that notice of an injury be in writing. You…

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Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Benefits and Taxation

I often get asked the important question regarding whether workers' compensation benefits, specifically a lump sum settlement, is taxable income?   The quick answer is --- NO.  Workers compensation benefits are not a taxable event.  That applies to not just your weekly benefits checks, but also if you settle your case for a lump sum amount.  That also applies to settlements in general, irregardless of whether they are indemnity only or a full compromise and release settlement.  Here is the…

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New Pennsylvania Workers Compensation wage rates

Effective January 1, 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry released the new compensation rates for injured workers who are out of work because of the work injury.  Each year the Department adjusts compensation rates.  Here are the new rates.  These rates only apply if you were actually injured in 2014. If your average weekly wage is $517.77 or less, then you are entitled to 90% of your average weekly wage as wage loss benefits.  The maximum increase to…

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