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 Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.  PA Department of Labor & Industry is an executive government agency operating under the…

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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 and ice, do these few things right away.  First, report the injury to your employer right away.  Ask for an…

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How long does it take to receive Pennsylvania workers compensation wage loss benefits?

Many times when I meet with an injured worker, the first question asked is --- how long does it take to receive workers compensation wage loss benefits.  I provide that answer here. There are a few nuances to payment of wage loss benefits in Pennsylvania.  First, the Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Act provides employers with a 20 day window to either accept or deny an injury.  During that 20 day period, you may or may not be paid benefits.  The purpose…

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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, the injury fails to resolve and in fact worsens.   However, the lack of notice to the employer of the occurrence…

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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 'operative document'.  When an injury occurs at work, a workers' compensation insurance carrier can issue one of three distinct forms.…

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Pennsylvania Workers Comp to begin some in-person hearings

Pennsylvania workers comp cases will begin having some in-person hearings to move work injury cases forward.  As of right now, it appears that the in-person hearings will be limited to certain locations and to testimony type hearings only. Effective June 19, 2020, the Workers' Compensation Office of Adjudication will begin to conduct limited in-person hearings in counties that have been designated by the Governor as entering the "green" phase of reopening following the COVID-19 pandemic. Limited in-person hearings will be…

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PA and MD Workers Comp Hearings Happening Remotely

Pennsylvania and Maryland workers compensation claims are moving forward, despite both state labor departments being closed.  Both are functioning remotely. The Office of Adjudication within the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, issued the following briefing on operations moving forward: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Adjudication will be continuing operations on a modified telephone-only hearing schedule effective Monday, March 30, 2020.  This modified protocol will permit WCJ's to process disputes and permit parties to litigate pending cases…

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Pennsylvania work-related knee injuries

Knee injuries are a frequent Pennsylvania work-related injury.  Knees provide flexibility and stability to the body.  The knee is made up of several bones, cartilage, muscles, ligaments, and tendons.  Your knees carry the brunt of everyday motions and activities, and when they are injured, it can be difficult to stand, sit, walk, and run. Depending on the seriousness of the injury and the extent of medical treatment received, knee injuries can cause significant pain and often can lead to chronic…

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Maryland and Pennsylvania Workers Comp Benefits Are Different

Maryland and Pennsylvania workers compensation laws and procedural practice are actually quite different from one another.  The attorneys at Mooney Law are well versed in both practices. The benefits offered to Maryland injured workers are different than in Pennsylvania.  In Maryland, an injured worker is entitled to benefits based on whether the injury corresponds to permanent disabilities or temporary disabilities.  That determination may be made by the Maryland Workers Compensation Commission.  An additional avenue of benefits is based on the…

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