Will my doctor testify in my Pennsylvania workers’ comp case?

When an injured worker in Pennsylvania is denied workers’ compensation benefits, they must file a Claim Petition seeking wage loss and medical benefits afforded under the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act.  Once the claim is filed, then the case is in workers’ compensation litigation. One question I am frequently asked by an injured worker is besides their own testimony, what other evidence must be presented in litigation? An injured worker must prove that an injury in fact happened, that it was…

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Common Tool Injuries in Pennsylvania Workers Comp

After more than a decade of representing injured workers in Pennsylvania, one thing I see often are common work injuries caused by use of tools in manufacturing, assembly, welding, and other tool based job positions. Last year alone, there were a reported 960,000 tool related injuries and over 200 deaths. Tool use is common and unavoidable. In many positions, tool use is a daily, hourly, and even down to the minute an essential job duty. Unfortunately, they can also lead…

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Attorney Buterbaugh named to Shippensburg University Committee

Attorney Mark Buterbaugh has been appointed to the Inauguration Steering Committee for Shippensburg University.  In May, Shippensburg University and the State System of Higher Education selected Dr. Charles Patterson as it's 18th President.  Dr. Patterson had been serving in an interim president role at the University since June 2021, after former President Dr. Laurie Carter departed for another position. The Steering Committee will plan the President's inauguration that will take place in October. "I am excited for Shippensburg University.  I…

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What happens when my doctor provides permanent work restrictions for my work injury?

Many injured workers in Pennsylvania do not fully recover from a work injury. Depends on the severity of the injury, surgeries that may have happened, and ongoing symptoms from the work injury. So what happens if my doctor gives me permanent work restrictions? First, if your claim has been accepted, your employer must provide light duty within those permanent restrictions. If they do not have permanent light duty for you, then the employer and insurance carrier are responsible for ongoing…

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What to expect from the initial workers’ compensation intake

Mooney Law is proud to represent workers throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland. Work injuries are tough. They can be financially, emotionally, physically, and emotionally devastating. At Mooney Law, we are committed to providing excellent representation based on our trusted and proven experience. So you have been injured at work. You want a free consultation with Mooney Law for your work injury. What should you expect? What kind of information should you have ready? First, since the onset of the COVID pandemic,…

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Mooney Law Obtains Six Figure Settlement for Injured Worker Who Contracted COVID-19

I was recently able to settle a workers' compensation claim for a client of mine who contracted COVID-19 while in the course and scope of her duties at work.  The settlement was over $100,000. These COVID-19 cases are pretty limited.  These cases are limited to essential workers, primarily health care workers.  There is a presumption for health care workers that the COVID-19 infection was contracted at work.  That presumption has to be rebutted by the Employer, who then must prove…

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Disclose, Disclose, Disclose Preexisting Conditions and Treatment

It is important for injured workers to disclose ALL pre-existing medical conditions, treatment, or symptoms related to the body part that was recently injured at work. Failing to do so can have devastating consequences on the workers’ compensation case. Every new client that comes to consult with me for a Pennsylvania work-related injury is asked about pre-existing conditions, treatment or symptoms. Why? Because I need to know. Time and time again, I have this very conversation with new clients that…

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Meniscus Tear Injuries in Pennsylvania Workers Compensation

Meniscus tear injuries are some of the most common injuries I have seen in my Pennsylvania Workers Compensation practice. That is not all that surprising given the growth in the warehousing and distribution sector. These types of jobs can frequently lead to knee injuries. What is a meniscus? Each knee has two C-shaped pieces of cartilage that are located between the tibia (shin) and the femur (thigh). The meniscus acts as a cushion to protect the lower part of the…

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