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 […]

Why do I have to resign if I settle my workers compensation case?

One of the hard ‘facts’ of a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation settlement is the ‘requirement’ to resign from employment to accept a settlement.  Is it a requirement under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act?  No.  It is usually a requirement of the workers’ compensation insurance carrier and/or the employer. Pennsylvania workers’ compensation settlements are done by Compromise and Release Agreements.  They are […]

In Pennsylvania, Seven DO NOTS When Attending an IME

Independent Medical Examinations are frequent in workers compensation cases in Pennsylvania.  Just a few quick words about an IME.  First, they are not ‘independent’ exams.  These are exams scheduled by the workers’ compensation insurance carrier, with a doctor they choose, and scheduled most often for very specific reasons.  Those reasons may include attempt to get a full recovery opinion, to […]

What happens if my employer has no workers compensation insurance?

Unfortunately, I still get calls from clients who were injured at work, but their employer advised they cannot file for workers compensation benefits because they do not have workers compensation insurance.  Then what? First, that is not correct.  If you are an employee and have been injured at work, then you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.  What must […]

Does Pennsylvania Workers Comp Require Pre-Authorization?

Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Act DOES NOT require pre-authorization for medical treatment.  I get that question time and time again.  The answer is always the same.  No pre-authorization is required in Pennsylvania. Quite frankly, this issue arises when a more expensive procedure/treatment is recommended by the treating doctor.  That usually includes an MRI, surgery, or various types of injections. It arises when […]

Pennsylvania Workers’ Comp to Stay Virtual to June 30

I attended a Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation continuing legal education seminar today to get an update on the “new Workers Comp Normal .”   It was a much anticipated seminar for attorneys to determine where workers’ compensation is headed in Pennsylvania, given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvania workers’ compensation system is administered through the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation within the […]

Winter Weather on the way

Winter weather is on the way for Central Pennsylvania.  Mooney Law urges workers across Pennsylvania to be careful walking through parking lots, between buildings, on loading docs, and getting out of vehicles.  Snow and ice cause a multitude of work injuries every year in Pennsylvania. If an unfortunate work injury does occur because of a slip and fall on snow […]

Should I report a simple injury to my employer?

You should report a work-related simple injury immediately to your supervisor.  Notice is extremely important in Pennsylvania workers compensation. Often times, when an employee suffers what appears to be a relatively simple injury, that does not appear to be significant, they just ‘gut’ though it and handle it on their own.  They never report the injury to their employer.   Later, […]

What is a Notice of Temporary Compensation Payable in Pennsylvania Workers Comp?

A Notice of Temporary Compensation Payable, otherwise known as an NTCP, is a temporary acceptance of a work related injury.  When an insurance carrier issues an NTCP, they have temporarily accepted the work-related injury, but can subsequently issue a denial as well. Pennsylvania workers compensation is a form driven.  In our legal lingo, we refer to what is the current […]