Slip and Falls at Work in Pennsylvania

Winter weather leads to many slip and falls, including slips and falls at work. Whether you are walking from your employer’s parking lot, or walking between buildings, or slipping while unloading trucks, snow, sleet, and freezing rain lead to accidents at work. We see it all the time. If you sustain a slip and fall at work, you have a right under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act to pursue workers’ compensation benefits. Those benefits include wage loss benefits while you…

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Pennsylvania Releases 2024 Average Weekly Wage Rates

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has released the 2024 average weekly wage rates. The Department set the maximum weekly compensation rate at $1,325.00, an increase of $52.00 per week over the 2023 rate. That maximum rate means no matter how high your average weekly wage is, no injured worker will receive over $1325.00 per week. If your AWW is between $736.11 and $993.75, then the weekly compensation rate is set at $662.50. If your AWW is below $736.11,…

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The Pennsylvania Workers’ Comp Settlement Process

Many clients and prospective clients have questions about the Pennsylvania workers’ comp settlement process. How does this all play out? A word about workers’ compensation mediation Many times settlements occur through the mediation process. The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act amendments put in place mandatory mediation with workers’ compensation cases that are in litigation. Cases also settle through voluntary mediation. Voluntary mediation occurs when both sides agree to mediation. The mediation process is an opportunity to discuss settlement and narrow issues…

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Mooney Law Holiday Hours

First and foremost, I hope all of the readers of this blog has a very Merry Christmas and a Joyful New Year!  Happy holidays everyone. The holiday office hours for Mooney Law are as follows: Friday, 12/22/2023:  Mooney Law will close our offices at 12:00 noon Monday, 12/25/2023:  Mooney Law will be closed Tuesday, 12/26/2023:  Mooney Law will reopen for normal business hours   Friday, 12/29/2023:  Mooney Law will close our offices at 12:00 noon Monday, 1/1/2024:  Mooney Law will…

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What to do if surgery for your workers’ comp injury is denied

Unfortunately for injured workers, many times surgery for your workers' comp injury is needed to fully heal form the work injury. The workers’ compensation insurance carrier has been paying medical bills, but has denied the surgery. Why would surgery be denied? Many times workers’ compensation carrier refuse to pay for surgery for your workers' comp injury. They may challenge it on grounds of whether the surgery is ‘reasonable and necessary’ for the accepted injury. They may try and make you…

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What does a Vocational Interview mean in Pennsylvania Workers’ Comp?

Many injured workers get a notice of a vocational interview while on workers’ compensation wage loss benefits. So, why exactly is the workers’ compensation insurance carrier scheduling you for a vocational interview? A vocation interview is usually scheduled after the injured worker attends an Independent Medical Examination. This IME doctor finds that you are not fully recovered from the work injury, but that you have some type of work restrictions and that you cannot return to your pre-injury job. This…

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