PA Supreme Court Reenforces Exclusive Provisions of Workers Comp Act

Pennsylvania workers’ compensation is the exclusive remedy when a person is injured at work. The exceptions are quite narrow to sue the employer outside the remedies provided for within the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. A recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court opinion further solidified the exclusivity provisions. In Franczyk v. Homes Depot, No. 11 WAP 2022, a Home Depot employee was bitten by a dog while performing work duties for Home Depot. The crux of the case revolves around the dog bite…

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Six Common Pennsylvania Workers Comp Questions

Here are some common questions I get on phone calls with prospective injured workers. Q: Can I sue my employer for negligence other than just workers compensation? A: No. It is extremely uncommon to be able to sue your employer outside the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act (Act) for an injury that occurred at work. Workers’ Compensation is the exclusive remedy. I know that is tough to hear, especially when your employer may have been at fault for the injury. The…

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Work-Related Ligament and Tendon Injuries

Tendon and ligament injuries are common in work-related injuries. They often times go undetected in the early stages of a workers’ compensation claim. Initial treatment for many work injuries is a simple X-Ray. X-rays will help determine if there are any injuries or breaks to the bones. However, an X-Ray will not show any ligament or tendon damage. Yet, these ligament and tendon injuries can be quite severe in terms of pain and functionality and can lead to surgery. Are…

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Mooney Law Wins 50% Penalty in a Workers’ Comp Case and Appeal

Mooney Law won a 50% penalty case for a unilateral cessation of payment of wage loss benefits to a Chambersburg client. The Workers’ Compensation Judge’s (WCJ) decision was appealed to the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (WCAB). The WCAB affirmed the decision today. In this case, we represented a Chambersburg injured worker who suffered a burn and subsequent nerve injury in his arm while performing welding activities at work. The claim was denied by the employer. We filed a Claim…

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What does ‘full and final’ or ‘global’ settlement mean in Pennsylvania Workers Comp

Pennsylvania workers compensation is known for its 'lingo'.  The various lingo terms are used on a daily basis.  When it comes to settling your Pennsylvania workers' comp case, your attorney should advise you that it is a 'full and final' or a 'global' resolution of your claim.  You will also likely hear these terms at the hearing to approve the Compromise and Release agreement.  So what do they mean? The two terms are the same.  What does a 'full and…

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