When you are injured at work, details do matter

When you are injured at work, my advice to you is to provide details you know and remember.  This advice applies to both the description of injury and the extent of injuries.  Let me explain what I mean in both these facets. More than likely, when you are injured on the job, you are going to be asked to complete a report or provide a written statement.  It is important to describe how you became injured in a clear and…

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PA hikes Workers Compensation rates after Protz Decision

The Pennsylvania Department of Insurance hiked the workers compensation insurance premium for the second time within a year.  The Department of Insurance already hiked rates 6.6% that went into effect on February 1, 2018.  This second hike will increase premiums by .7% to go into effect on April 1, 2018. Both jumps follow a state Supreme Court ruling last summer invalidating a portion of the state's workers' comp law, a move that some expect to result in higher costs for…

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In Pennsylvania Workers Compensation, what happens if my claim petition is not answered?

Over the past eight weeks, for some reason, I have had three different claim petitions filed on behalf in injured workers in which the employer and its insurance carrier failed to file a timely answer.  Kind of odd.  That is more than I have had in the prior two years.  So what happens then? First, what is a timely answer?  Under the Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Act, an employer and insurance carrier has 20 days to answer a claim petition for…

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Federal Workers Compensation and Attorney Fees

Are you a federal employee who has suffered an injury while on the job?  Whether you work for US Postal Service, Homeland Security, the VA, or other federal agencies, you are entitled to benefits under the FECA.  The Office of Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP) manages all Federal Workers Compensation claims.  So what if my claim is denied?  What if OWCP is trying to terminate my benefits?  Where can I get help? Mooney & Associates offers a Federal Workers Compensation practice in…

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Federal Workers Compensation Appeal Rights

Federal Workers Compensation is an entirely different system than your traditional state workers compensation.  Federal Workers Compensation is for employees of the Federal Government and claims are handled by the Office of Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP) within the US Department of Labor and Industry. So, what happens in you are an injured Federal Government employee, you get injured at work, and OWCP subsequently denies your claim?  Does a Federal Government employee have any appeal rights?  The answer is --- YES,…

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Worker killed at Manitowoc in Shady Grove, PA

A crane accident at the Manitowoc plant in Shady Grove, PA has killed a workers and injured several others.   The accident occurred today at around 830 AM. “There's definitely a serious accident with a fatality involved. That's all I can tell you at this time,” Warner said around 9:30 this morning. The Franklin County Coroner and Pennsylvania State Police were called to the scene on the Manitowoc property that fronts Route 16 in Shady Grove, between Greencastle and Waynesboro. Manitowoc…

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