Carlisle injured worker awarded benefits, despite prior shoulder injury

An injured worker in Carlisle was awarded workers compensation benefits despite a prior shoulder injury.  Here are the facts. For the sake of a story, let's say the injured worker's name is John.  John came to me a few years ago after injuring his shoulder as a truck driver.  Due to that injury, John underwent two different surgeries and I eventually settled his case for over six-figures.  One year after settling that case, John came back to see me, but…

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Forklift accidents can cause serious injuries for warehouse workers in Central Pennsylvania

Forklift accidents can certainly cause serious injuries for people working in warehouses throughout Central Pennsylvania.  Looking up and down Interstate 81 from Greencastle to Chambersburg to Carlisle and north, warehouses and distribution centers blanket the landscape.  They produce jobs, which is a big reason that Central Pennsylvania can boast a low unemployment rate.  The growth of warehousing along Interstate 81 continues.   However,  warehouses also bring more work injuries to a community.  You can read about common warehouse injuries right…

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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 better.  Here is what I need to know at the initial consultation. What was the date of the work injury?…

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When you are injured at work, details do matter

When you are injured at work, my advice to you is to provide details you know and remember.  This advice applies to both the description of injury and the extent of injuries.  Let me explain what I mean in both these facets. More than likely, when you are injured on the job, you are going to be asked to complete a report or provide a written statement.  It is important to describe how you became injured in a clear and…

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Carlisle man wins workers compensation benefits despite prior injury

Recently, I have done several posts on pre-existing conditions and work injuries.  I've done so because pre-existing conditions are a common thread in many workers compensation denials.  However, again, the fact a pre-existing condition exists IS NOT a bar to workers compensation benefits when an injury occurs on the job. I recently won workers compensation benefits for a Carlisle area truck driver.  My client was injured while loading product on a truck.  He injured his shoulder.  His employer and the…

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2018 Pennsylvania Average Weekly Wage rates released

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has released it's 2018 average weekly wage rates.  Your average weekly wage determines your corresponding compensation rate, the rate your would be paid each week if you were out of work for your work injury.  I recently published an article on our official Blog at Mooney & Associates.  You can see the blog post here for the new rates. Ensuring your average weekly wage rate is calculated properly is critical to your case. …

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Our Top 5 Pennsylvania Workers Comp Posts for 2017

As we sit at the doorstep to 2018, I want to provide you the top five posts from my blog this year in Workers Compensation.  These posts I chose due to traffic and due to the information we provide to injured workers across Pennsylvania.  If you missed them, well, link to them here. Unfortunately for me, often times I am meeting a new client, it is because they are in pain and have suffered a significant injury on the job. …

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In Pennsylvania, Preexisting conditions are not a bar for workers compensation benefits

In Pennsylvania, if you have a pre-existing condition and get hurt at work, you may still be eligible for workers compensation benefits.  Often, injured workers are advised by their employer that they can't file for workers compensation benefits because they had a pre-existing condition.  That is wrong.  Period. It is long standing law in Pennsylvania that an aggravation or exacerbation of a pre-existing condition can be a compensable work injury. An aggravation of a pre-existing degenerative condition constitutes a compensable…

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In Pennsylvania, do I have to work light duty when hurt at work?

Under Pennsylvania law, do I have to return to light duty when I am hurt on the job.  Why would an injured worker ask that?  Well, it isn’t that these clients are lazy, not at all.  Many times, an injured worker simply wants appropriate time to recover and heal from the work injury.

Legal ramifications for turning down light duty

Turning down available light duty is not a wise decision and can put workers compensation benefits at risk.  In Pennsylvania, your employer has the right to offer you modified duty employment.  Many employers in Central Pennsylvania do offer light-duty work assignments or alternate work programs. The critical thing to remember is that both the employer and the injured employee must act in good faith in offering and responding to an offer of light-duty work.  Failure to do so can result in a suspension or reduction in you wage loss benefits. (more…)

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