Pennsylvania Workers’ Comp Benefits and Taxable Income

It is that time of year again where we all must file federal and state tax returns. Many questions I receive from client this time of year is whether workers’ compensation benefits and lump sums settlement funds are considered taxable income. As for Pennsylvania state taxes, workers’ compensation benefits are not considered to be taxable income. Likewise, under Federal law, specifically, 26 U.S. Code §104(a)(1), workers’ compensation benefits are not considered taxable income. It is important to note that these…

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Billboards don’t tell you the whole picture on a Workers’ Comp Settlement

Recently I traveled down to South Carolina. I drove down through Interstate 95. Let’s not talk about the traffic. That was too frustrating. Let’s talk about what I saw heading south through Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. What did I see? I saw tons of billboards. Some of those billboards were Personal Injury firms. What these billboards had in common was a theme of large settlements. A theme of case values. A theme of we are the best and…

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How Soon Will I Receive Workers Comp Checks?

One of the first questions I am always asked by a new work injury client is how soon will workers comp checks start to be paid while out of work. Given the impact it has on life and family budgets, that is completely understandable. The answer varies depending on the status and posture of each individual’s claim. Let me explain. First, let’s take the more simplistic scenario of an accepted case. If the insurance carrier accepts the case through a…

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Pennsylvania Work Injuries in Snow and Ice

We have many clients that have suffered Pennsylvania work injuries in snow and ice. Winter is in full force and more inclement weather on the way. Be careful out there. Work injuries happen in snow and ice. People slip and fall on docks while loading trucks. They slip and fall getting in and out of trucks. They slip and fall in parking lots. They slip and fall going between buildings. The slip and fall on wet floors. Slippery conditions can…

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Avoiding Pitfalls in your Workers’ Comp Case

Sometimes when a new client gets to me for their work-related injury, they have not avoided a pitfall in workers comp case and have done significant damage to their case. As stated in several articles on this Blog, workers’ compensation law is quite complex. That is why most workers’ compensation attorneys practice exclusively in workers’ compensation. The process and litigation are complex. It is not just based on fact driven evidence, but more so medical evidence that usually includes the…

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What is a Temporary Notice of Compensation Payable?

A Temporary Notice of Compensation Payable is a form filed by your employer’s insurance carrier regarding a work injury that you reported. The word “Temporary” seems to confuse injured workers, and rightfully so. First, what is a Notice of Compensation Payable? Let me first explain what a Notice of Compensation Payable (NCP) is within the workers’ compensation process. A Notice of Compensation Payable is one of the forms that are requited to be filed by the workers’ compensation insurance carrier…

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Does my employer have to report my work injury in Pennsylvania?

Your employer has specific requirements under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act to report your work injury in Pennsylvania. Your employer’s insurance carrier then has specific requirements under the Act as well. It should not surprise you that in some cases employers fail to report the injury to their insurance carrier and/or the insurance carrier fails to fulfill those specific requirements. Does the injured worker have specific reporting requirements? Reporting a work-related injury starts with you, the injured worker. You must…

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Amazon and Walmart Distribution Center Flood Franklin and Cumberland Counties

Amazon and Walmart have continued expansion in Franklin and Cumberland counties in South Central Pennsylvania. I have written on numerous occasions regarding the distribution center/warehouse growth along the Interstate 81 corridor in South Central Pennsylvania. Amazon and Walmart have been part of that accelerated growth. In 2023, we have seen two new Walmart Distribution Centers open in Greencastle and Shippensburg right off Interstate 81 exits (Exit 3 and Exit 24). These distribution centers are massive. The Walmart Shippensburg distribution center…

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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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