Knee Arthritis Not A Bar to Pennsylvania Workers Comp Benefits

Pre-existing knee arthritis is not a bar to winning Pennsylvania Workers Compensation benefits.  I inform my clients over and over again to not let pre-existing conditions, the fact they may be older workers, or the fact their employers tells them their injury is not work related, to be the determining factor of whether the pursue workers compensation benefits.  Recently, I had a client that worked long hours for a national food and beverage chain.  She slipped and fell when she…

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Common Mistakes Made When Applying for Social Security Disability

Applying for social security disability can be confusing, complex, time consuming, and frustrating.  Furthermore, the process can be daunting because, on average, 70% of all applications are denied.   So what are the common mistakes made when applying for social security disability benefits?    Incomplete Work History.  Work history and whether an applicant can perform past relevant work is important in determining whether your application is approved.  This particularly becomes important for older applicants.   Providing accurate job data is critical.  It…

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PA Governor Wolf signs into law new Workers Comp IRE provisions

The Pennsylvania general Assembly passed legislation that reinstates the Impairment Ratings provision of the Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Act.  Governor Tom Wolf signed that legislation into law.  If you recall, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upended a section of the Workers Compensation Act by striking down provisions of the Act that addressed Impairment Ratings Evaluations.  You can review that here.  The new provisions are slightly different.  Here is a brief summary. The new provisions now specifically require impairment rating examinations to be…

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Social Security Recipients to receive a 2.8% increase in 2019

Those receiving social security benefits, including those on social security retirement and on social security disability, will receive the largest cost of living adjustment (COLA) in seven years.  The Social Security Administration announced a COLA increase of 2.8%, compared to a 2% increase last year.  What does that mean money wise? A 2.8% increase would boost the average Social Security benefit by $39 to $1,461 per month next year and increase the maximum benefit for someone who retires at full…

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A Pennsylvania Workers Comp settlement agreement language is critical

A Pennsylvania workers comp settlement is concluded with a Compromise and Release (C & R) agreement.  The C & R agreement contains 19 paragraphs and is often accompanied with an addendum page with additional language for several of those paragraphs.  What language is contained in those paragraphs is vitally important.  A Pennsylvania injured worker has to remember that these documents are drafted by the employer and insurance carrier's attorney.  That is precisely why it is so important for an injured…

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We wish you all a Happy Labor Day

We wish you all a Happy Labor Day.  When I think of Labor Day and what we recognize and celebrate, I think of workers across America and their dedication to economic achievements in America. We celebrate many things in this country.  We celebrate our veterans, we honor those who died for this great nation, we celebrate our Presidents, and we even recognize Mr. Christopher Columbus.   For me, Labor Day is a time to reflect on how great of a nation…

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Chambersburg area booming with new jobs

The economic boom in the Chambersburg area is continuing.  According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, the Franklin County area has seen double the amount of job growth as the rest of Pennsylvania.  Local jobs grew 2.3 percent during the past year, compared to 1.2 percent across the state, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.The main drivers of local job growth have been professional and business services (up 300 jobs from July 2017 to July…

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Top 5 reasons your Pennsylvania work injury may be denied

There are many reason why a Pennsylvania work injury may be denied by the employer and workers compensation insurance carrier.  I've heard it many times from an injured worker the astonishment that there injury at work was denied.  It happens.  And it happens often.  Here are the Top 5 reasons why work injuries in Pennsylvania are denied. 1.  Injury is non-compensable One reason A Pennsylvania work injury is denied is because the employer or insurance carrier may not feel the…

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Mooney Law: A Pennsylvania Disability law practice

Mooney Law represents clients throughout Pennsylvania and is a full Pennsylvania Disability Law practice. What do we mean by that? Representing Injured and Disabled clients throughout Pennsylvania At Mooney Law, we represent disabled clients in the following areas: Pennsylvania Workers Compensation: We represent injured workers throughout Pennsylvania. We have a full workers compensation litigation practice, from litigating denied injuries, to defending against employer petitions to terminate or suspend benefits, to litigating descriptions of injury, to obtaining a fair and reasonable…

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Rotator Cuff Injuries in Pennsylvania: Causes, symptoms and treatment

Rotator cuff injuries are some of the most common injuries I have seen in my Pennsylvania Workers Compensation practice.  That is not all that surprising given the growth in the warehousing and distribution center sector. The rotator cuff is made of muscles and tendons in your shoulder.  They are critical for use of and movement of your shoulder.  That is why an injury to the rotator cuff can be disabling, limiting, and quite painful. Construction workers, truck terminal dock workers,…

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