New Pennsylvania Workers Compensation wage rates

Effective January 1, 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry released the new compensation rates for injured workers who are out of work because of the work injury.  Each year the Department adjusts compensation rates.  Here are the new rates.  These rates only apply if you were actually injured in 2014. If your average weekly wage is $517.77 or less, then you are entitled to 90% of your average weekly wage as wage loss benefits.  The maximum increase to…

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PA Workers Comp: Average Weekly Wage adjustments for 2013

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry in early January published the new average weekly wage rates for 2013.  What is average weekly wage?  The average weekly wage determination is one of the most important aspects of your workers' compensation case because it dictates what your actual compensation rate will be if you are out of work because of a work injury. Indemnity benefits, otherwise known as wage loss benefits, are payable when you are out of work or when…

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Treating with your Employer’s panel doctor

One question I frequently get from potential workers' compensation clients is how long must I treat with a panel doctor/provider.  The answer is, it depends.  There are a few nuances about the treating with a panel doctor that could effect your case. First, the general rule is simple.  If your employer has a panel list of provider, the PA Workers Compensation statute requires you to treat with the panel provider for the first 90 days after your injury date.  Does…

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Chambersburg gaining 90 new jobs

The Chambersburg, Pennsylvania area will gain 90 new jobs soon.  Olympic Steel is expanding their business and plans to add 90 new jobs to the area. Founded in 1954, Olympic Steel Inc. has had a facility located in Chambersburg since 1999. It provides customer-focused, state-of-the-art machining, welding, plate processing, warehousing and distribution services to local equipment manufacturers.  The local economy continues to enjoy new job growth in one of Pennsylvania's most rapidly growing counties.  Earlier this year, we learned that…

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The Work Injury Notice Requirement

Often I field questions on what is proper timing for Notice to be given to the employer that a person has been injured at work. First, what does notice mean?  Actually quite simple, your Employer can not begin investigation of your injury claim or even know you are injured at work until you tell them.  That is notice.  You can provide notice of injury to your employer either verbally or through writing.  Either method is sufficient.  However, I always recommend…

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PA Unemployment rate rises .2 points

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate increased a slit .2 points.  The increase raises the unemployment rate from July of 7.9% to August 8.1%. Here are the unemployment rate numbers for the areas we serve. Adams County, Pennsylvania:  6.8% Cumberland County, Pennsylvania:  6.8% Franklin County, Pennsylvania:  6.9% York County, Pennsylvania:  8.0% Harrisburg-Carlisle Metro Combined Area:  7.4% Visit us online at http://www.mooney4law.com

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Hearing location change for Shippensburg approved!

Our law firm went to bat for injured workers in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.  As one of the unique communities that is divided by a county line, many injured Shippensburg workers had to drive an hour for a workers' compensation hearing.  Those living in Franklin County had their hearings heard in Chambersburg, a mere fifteen minutes away.  Those living in Cumberland County had to make the hour trek to Harrisburg. We decided to do something about it.  We sent a letter to…

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Allegheny County court denies Facebook discovery

The latest Facebook discovery request case comes out of the Allegheny Court of Common Pleas in a decision authored by the Honorable Stanton Wettick Jr.  In this case, Judge Wettick denied Facebook discovery in a motor vehicle accident litigation case.  In the decision, Judge Wettick balances the level of intrusion versus the value of the discovery requested. Here, Plaintiff was seeking access to Defendant's Facebook profile to show the Defendant's whereabouts at and near the time of the motor vehicle…

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Shippensburg business handed $49,000 in OSHA fines

A Shippensburg business, Shippensburg Domestic Castings, Inc, has been slapped with $49,000 in fines from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The repeat violations involve unguarded machinery and live electrical parts, and the citations carry $44,100 in penalties. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. The company was…

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A request to change the workers comp hearing location for Shippensburg

Mooney & Associates has formally requested to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to  consider a change in workers' compensation hearing location for residents of the Shippensburg, Pennsylvania area.  The change was requested because of the Franklin/Cumberland County divide of Shippensburg. Currently, if you are an injured worker and reside in the Franklin County portion of Shippensburg, your hearing location is fifteen minutes away in Chambersburg.  However, if you reside in Cumberland County portion of Shippensburg, then your hearing…

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