New Office in Lancaster, PA

Mooney Law just opened a new full-time office in downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  With the firm's Lancaster area clientele growing, the timing was right for the firm to make a strong investment in Lancaster.  The new office is located at 36 East King Street in downtown Lancaster in the well known Cipher Building.  Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. I personally have always represented clients who were injured at work in Lancaster.  However, with…

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What is ‘mechanism of injury’ in Pennsylvania workers’ compensation?

A phrase we throw around in workers’ compensation circles is the ‘mechanism of injury’. What exactly does ‘mechanism of injury’ mean in workers compensation cases? Simply put --- mechanism of injury is the manner in which the injury occurred. In other words, how an injured worker was actually injured. If your workers compensation claim is denied and you have to file a claim petition to fight for benefits, you will be asked several questions about the mechanism of injury during…

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Workers Comp Back to Virtual Hearings

On August 16, 2021, the Bureau of Workers' Compensation authorized Workers' Compensation hearings to be back in-person.  Due to the COVID-19 Delta Variant, that lasted just 10 days.  Word has come down from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry today that all hearings, besides 'essential' hearings, will revert back to virtual hearings, either by phone or video. Back we go to the world of virtual law.

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Amazon Under Fire for Work Injuries

Amazon has come under recent fire for significant amount of work-related injuries, which may are significant injuries. In Central Pennsylvania, Amazon has a deep footprint, including in Carlisle, Chambersburg, Lewisberry, and Harrisburg. I have represented many Amazon clients over the years, including distribution center workers and more recently delivery drivers. Amazon has gone through hiring spurts all over Central Pennsylvania, due to the ever increasing popularity of online retail delivery purchases. Injuries have increased due to the volume of business…

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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 replacement, shoulder replacement, and hip replacements are by far the most common involving work-related injuries. Knee Replacement Over the years,…

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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 negotiated with the insurance carrier and employer.  They value each case differently based on a multitude of factors.  You can…

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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 deny medical treatment, or to return the injured worker back to work.  You can read more about IMEs right here.…

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What Makes Mooney Law Different Than Those Firms That You See in Ads

Mooney Law advertises our firm.  Of course we do.  However, we do not advertise as much as some of these firms you see everywhere on billboards and TV.  Those ads actually become monotonous and overbearing.  We do not advertise like some of these big Philadelphia and Pittsburgh law firms you see.   Are we different?  Is our approach different? The answer is YES, we are different.  Let me explain how we are different.  Many of these firms that spend all…

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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 happen is the injured worker must file a Notice of Claim with the Pennsylvania Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund (UEGF).   Then,…

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Am I entitled to a settlement in Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation?

In Pennsylvania, injured workers are not entitled to a settlement.  That is the quick, easy answer.  However, most Pennsylvania workers’ compensation cases in litigation do indeed end with a settlement. There are two critical points to remember when we talk about Pennsylvania workers’ compensation settlements.  First, no employer, insurance carrier, attorney, or Workers’ Compensation Judge (WCJ) can force an injured worker to settle their case.  If you do not want to settle your case then you do not have to…

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