Shoulder Injuries and Pennsylvania workers compensation

I see many shoulder injuries in my workers compensation practice.  These types of injuries generally are centered around warehouses and distribution centers, trucking terminals, nursing care facilities, and manufacturing type facilities. These type of work-related injuries can be specific type of injuries or repetitive type injuries.  Injuries to the shoulder can happen in specific events, such as lifting items overhead and feeling a 'pop' or feeling immediate pain in the shoulder area when pushing or pulling something heavy, or falling…

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Unemployment rate in Harrisburg area drops below 5%

The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area has been blessed with a low unemployment rate.  It's true that employment concerns still continue to linger in certain areas of the nation, but not in our area. For the first time in six years, the unemployment rate for the Harrisburg region has dipped below 5%.   The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry posted the Harrisburg region numbers yesterday and lowered the rate to 4.9%.   Cumberland County had the lowest rate in the region…

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Anesthetic Vials at Summit Health Surgical Group in Waynesboro may have been contaminated.

Summit Health, the ownership group of the Chambersburg and Waynesboro Hospitals announced that there is a possibility of anesthetic vial contamination for 326 patients of Summit Surgical Group in Waynesboro.   Apparently there is a possibility of 326 people who could have possibly been contaminated and all 326 have been contacted by Summit physician Services.   Summit did caution that chance of contamination and infection are remote. "Although the possibility of infection is remote, we're not taking any chances with our…

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PA Court: Employer has burden to prove injured worker is not a legal, documented worker

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court took up the issue of which party bears the burden of proving whether an injured worker is ineligible for workers compensation benefits because they are in the United States illegally.   The answer the Court provided was that the burden to prove an injured worker is illegal lies with the employer, not the employee. In this specific case, an injured worker filed a Claim Petition for wage loss benefits.   A hearing for Claimant testimony was…

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Pennsylvania workers compensation by the numbers

In terms of background, the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers Compensation is under the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.  Each year, the Department of Labor and Industry releases its Annual Workers Compensation and Workplace Safety report.  The Department has released its 2013 Workers Compensation Annual Report. Injury and Petition Stats The total number of reportable work injuries in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania rose slightly from 2012.  In 2013, Pennsylvania employers reported 89,132 work injuries, compared to 85,117 in 2012.  …

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Shippensburg Fair starts today

The Shippensburg Community Fair starts today.   The fair will last all week at the Shippensburg Fair Grounds off of Possum Hollow Road in Shippensburg.  Mooney & Associates will have a table at the fair all week in the evening.  We encourage everyone to stop by and say hello to our Attorneys who will be at the table. If you have concerns regarding a work injury and plan to be at the fair this week on an evening, stop by…

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PA Unemployment Rate remains steady

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate remained unchanged for the month of June.  The overall unemployment rate in Pennsylvania remained at 5.6%. The jobless rate was 5.6 percent in June, the same as in May, and employers added a meager 1,800 jobs, according to the Department of Labor & Industry monthly work force report. The number of Pennsylvanians who reported they were unemployed fell by a seasonally adjusted 6,000 to 357,000, the report showed. But the civilian labor force declined by 28,000 people…

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Can I receive Unemployment after Workers Compensation in Pennsylvania?

Settling a workers' compensation case can be very frightening for an injured worker.  When is the right time?  What happens to my medical benefits?  What if my condition worsens?  What about outstanding medical bills? Another question frequently asked centers around unemployment compensation.   Can an injured worker who settles his/her workers compensation claim receive unemployment compensation after settlement.  The answer is --- possibly.   Workers compensation settlements and eligibility for unemployment compensation benefits usually revolve around two specific questions. First…

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