Are work restriction notes important in Pennsylvania Workers Compensation?

Work restriction notes from the treating doctor are important to a workers’ compensation case. This can be confusing when an injured worker is out of work or has been terminated from employment. Why would I need a work restriction note if I am not working? Why is a work restriction note important? Under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, work restriction notes are critical to wage loss entitlement. First, an employer has a right to accommodate work restrictions. If the employer…

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Slip and Falls on Snow and Ice at Work are Work Injuries

It is that time of year when winter weather can roll into our area at anytime.  Snow, ice, and freezing rain make for slippery conditions.  Not only does winter weather cause motor vehicle accidents, but frequently causes work-related injuries. Whether injured workers are walking to work from parking lots, walking between buildings, taking trash out, slips and falls on ice and snow are common at work.  They are also work-related injuries that are compensable under the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act.…

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Meeting my Mooney Law Work Injury Attorney During COVID

With the winter season upon us, we are being advised to expect increases or a new 'wave' of COVID cases, especially with the appearance of the Omicron variant.  In fact, Pennsylvania is already reporting the third highest daily rates in the United States. As we move forward through the winter months, I leave it up to the comfort of my clients and prospective clients on how they wish to meet with me.   There are three options for clients to meet…

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PA Supreme Court further clarifies course and scope of employment and traveling employees

On November 17, 2021, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court unanimously held in Peters v. WCAB (Cintas Corporation) that an injured worker injured in a car accident after a work sponsored happy hour event was in the course and scope of employment, for workers’ compensation purposes. The Supreme Court overturned a Commonwealth Court decision from 2019, denying benefits due to being outside the course and scope of employment. Whether an employee is in the course and scope of employment is a fact…

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Be Wary of Year End Workers Compensation Settlement Offers

Injured workers should be wary of settlement offers made by workers compensation insurance carriers in November and December. Many workers’ compensation insurance carriers like to close out claims by the end of the year. That may mean the workers’ compensation insurance carrier will make a settlement offer to an injured worker to coax them in to settling their claim. If you have been offered a small settlement to close out your workers’ compensation claim, call Mooney Law for a free…

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New Office in Lancaster, PA

Mooney Law just opened a new full-time office in downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  With the firm's Lancaster area clientele growing, the timing was right for the firm to make a strong investment in Lancaster.  The new office is located at 36 East King Street in downtown Lancaster in the well known Cipher Building.  Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. I personally have always represented clients who were injured at work in Lancaster.  However, with…

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What is ‘mechanism of injury’ in Pennsylvania workers’ compensation?

A phrase we throw around in workers’ compensation circles is the ‘mechanism of injury’. What exactly does ‘mechanism of injury’ mean in workers compensation cases? Simply put --- mechanism of injury is the manner in which the injury occurred. In other words, how an injured worker was actually injured. If your workers compensation claim is denied and you have to file a claim petition to fight for benefits, you will be asked several questions about the mechanism of injury during…

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Workers Comp Back to Virtual Hearings

On August 16, 2021, the Bureau of Workers' Compensation authorized Workers' Compensation hearings to be back in-person.  Due to the COVID-19 Delta Variant, that lasted just 10 days.  Word has come down from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry today that all hearings, besides 'essential' hearings, will revert back to virtual hearings, either by phone or video. Back we go to the world of virtual law.

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Amazon Under Fire for Work Injuries

Amazon has come under recent fire for significant amount of work-related injuries, which may are significant injuries. In Central Pennsylvania, Amazon has a deep footprint, including in Carlisle, Chambersburg, Lewisberry, and Harrisburg. I have represented many Amazon clients over the years, including distribution center workers and more recently delivery drivers. Amazon has gone through hiring spurts all over Central Pennsylvania, due to the ever increasing popularity of online retail delivery purchases. Injuries have increased due to the volume of business…

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Joint Replacement and Pennsylvania Workers Comp

Joint replacement surgeries as a result of a work-related injury are not all that uncommon, especially in older workers.  Often times, when an injured worker is recommended for a knee replacement, a shoulder replacement, or a hip replacement, the workers’ compensation claim suddenly becomes a nightmare, with the insurance carrier denying further medical treatment, including the joint replacement surgery.  Knee replacement, shoulder replacement, and hip replacements are by far the most common involving work-related injuries. Knee Replacement Over the years,…

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