With Social Security Disability, seriousness of the condition is important, not the diagnosis

Sometimes I get a new client calling to inquire about social security disability benefits because the have been diagnosed with diabetes, or MS, or fibromyalgia, or any medical diagnosis of a medical condition.  I think some clarification is needed about what the Social Security Administration (SSA) and/or the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) consider in awarding or denying an applicant social […]

What information do I need to meet with Mooney & Associates about my work injury?

One of the first things asked when setting up an appointment to see me regarding a work injury is – – – what information do I need to bring to the free consultation?  I can answer that right here. Most of the information that I need, you should know.  You experienced the work injury.  The more information you provide, the […]

Federal Workers Compensation Appeal Rights

Federal Workers Compensation is an entirely different system than your traditional state workers compensation.  Federal Workers Compensation is for employees of the Federal Government and claims are handled by the Office of Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP) within the US Department of Labor and Industry. So, what happens in you are an injured Federal Government employee, you get injured at work, […]

Social Security Disability is NOT an entitlement program

It really is a shame that Social Security Disability has such a stigma attached to it.  And there is.  There is that thought out there that people on Social Security Disability are getting nothing but ‘hand outs’ or ‘entitlements’ or ‘welfare’.  It’s our political world of uninformed opinions that grips our society today. Fact is, that workers have paid for […]

Injury Description is important in Workers Compensation

One of the more important, and often overlooked, aspects of a workers compensation claim in Pennsylvania is the description of injury.  More times than not, if you get hurt at work and your employer accepts your work injury, the description of your injury provided is nothing more than a ‘strain/sprain’ or ‘contusion’, whether it be to your neck, back, shoulder, etc. . .  […]

In Pennsylvania, what happens to Medicare Set Aside Funds

You may have heard about Medicare Set Aside agreements when it comes to Workers Compensation lump sum settlements.  They are complex and confusing too many.  Let me try and help explain a little about this complex area of law. First, when is a Medicare Set Aside agreement required as part of a structured workers compensation settlement?  Generally, with a worker’s compensation […]

Mooney & Associates expands law firm ownership

The Ownership of a regional Central Pennsylvania law firm, Mooney & Associates, has expanded.  Founding Attorney John J. Mooney III has added Attorney Jason Imler of Hanover, Attorney George Swartz II of Hanover, and Attorney Mark Buterbaugh, of Shippensburg, as equal owners of the regional firm. The law firm announced the expansion via a press release, as picked up here by the […]

Bilateral Avascular Hip Necrosis found to be Aggravated by Work Injury

Mooney & Associates recently won a case for an injured Pennsylvania worker that included bilateral avascular necrosis.  The claimant had both left and right hips replaced and the insurance carrier was forced to pay for both hip replacements. Generally, avascular necrosis of the hip (AVN) is a degenerative condition that is not completely understood by the medical community.  Essentially, avascular hip necrosis is a dying […]

Happy Easter from Mooney & Associates

Mooney & Associates wishes our employees, our clients, and those we do business with, a very Happy Easter. We take pride in our representation of those in vulnerable situations due to injuries from work accidents, motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, dog bites, and our clients who are disabled and need Social Security Disability.  We value our clients and hope […]

Workers Comp Settlement and Social Security Disability

Is there any interplay between a lump sum workers compensation settlement and social security disability benefits?  Yes, there is.  And your workers compensation attorney better be aware of it. Social Security is still entitled to an offset.  It is statutory, meaning, it is a legal requirement.  So what is the best process to deal with a potential offset when settling […]