In Pennsylvania, Do I Get Reimbursed for Mileage for Doctors Visits under Workers Compensation?

A work-related injury can be financially devastating for many Pennsylvania workers.   If your workers compensation claim is denied and you are out of work, while you litigate the Claim Petition, you will have no income, unless you can obtain short term and/or long term disability.  Even if your work-related injury is accepted, many injured workers struggle, because, depending on your pre-injury wages, your workers compensation benefits are either 90% or 2/3 your pre-injury wage. For some who live pay…

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Shippensburg School Board approves LERTA for Georgia Pacific

The Shippensburg School District's Board of Directors approved a LERTA for Georgia-Pacific at last nights board meeting.  The original LERTA proposed by Georgia-Pacific a few weeks ago initially requested 100% abatement in the first year with a seven year total LERTA.  That proposal was rejected by the School Board.  The new LERTA approved last evening provides tax dollars to the District throughout the LERTA, including the first year, and is for six years in length.   I voted to reject…

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Holy Spirit becomes Geisinger Affiliate

Holy Spirit Health System, which includes Holy Spirit hospital, located in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, has agreed to become an affiliate of the Geisinger Health System.   Agreed to back in September, the two health systems made it formal with an announcement on Monday.  It is yet another signal of a continued approach of consolidation of the health care industry.  “As the health care delivery system in the United States moves toward a value-based model, we look forward to working together…

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Procter & Gamble in Shippensburg Begins Hiring, Georgia Pacific likely choosing Exit 29 site

Procter & Gamble has begin the hiring process for their new Shippensburg, Pennsylvania facility.  The new 1.8 million square foot warehouse is being built along the Olde Scotland Road and is fully constructed on the exterior.   They are expected to hire 963 workers for the new facility. The company will be using two third-party contractors for the hiring of employees.  Translation --- the company will be using temporary agencies to staff the complex. The company said that hiring at…

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Drug Tests and Impact on Employment and Workers Compensation

The Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association recently released a report that one in three potential employees either refuse to take a drug pre-screen test or fail a pre-screen drug test. While in many cases the percentages are not high, the fact that 19% refuse to take drug tests as a condition of employment and 16% fail these tests raise a red flag and a real concern about this issue. These stats are troubling and disheartening for Pennsylvania.   Drug pre-screen testing is…

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Carlisle worker killed at Amazon warehouse

OSHA is investigating the death of a Carlisle, PA woman while she was working at the Amazon.com warehouse near Walnut Bottom Road in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Jody Rhoads, 52, of Carlisle, died as a result of multiple blunt force injuries at Carlisle Regional Medical Center after the motorized pallet jack she was operating crashed into shelving, according to Cumberland County Coroner Charley Hall. This is truly a tragic event for the Rhodes family.  No one asks to get hurt at work,…

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If I live in Pennsylvania, can I bring a workers compensation claim in Pennsylvania?

There are several different ways that a work injury can fall under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Many people falsely believe that if one lives in Pennsylvania, then one can bring a workers compensation claim, regardless of where one was injured, within Pennsylvania's workers compensation system.  That is not always true. First rule is the easy one.  If the injury occurred in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania will always have jurisdiction over that claim.  For example, if a worker from Illinois was traveling…

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