PA Work Comp Law- Information And Myths

There are so many myths about Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law.  Let’s discuss some of them here.

Do I Get Full Pay After Getting Hurt At Work?

No!  You generally receive 2/3 of your pre -injury average weekly wage. Some injured workers will get 90%- depending on their gross earnings. There is a statewide maximum weekly comp rate as well.

 

Can I Get Pain and Suffering Damages After A Work Injury?

No! Not in the Workers’ Compensation forum.  However, if you have a 3rd party case ( a suit against an entity other than your Employer for negligence), then you can potentially recover these damages in that suit. Work Comp is a no fault system- the issue is loss of earning power. There are awards for disfigurement of the head, face, or neck, and amputation/loss of use (Specific Loss), but not for pain and suffering.

 

My Job Is Protected After A Work Injury, Right?

Not necessarily! Many people believe that just because they were injured at work, that the Employer must hold their position forever. This is not correct. If you get accepted for FMLA, you can have up to 12 weeks of job protection. But in many cases, injured workers lose their job. If the Employer cannot accommodate the restrictions, a worker could be terminated. Or if there is an economic downtown. Or a termination can occur for misconduct, etc.  There are some other issues with the ADA- but generally speaking, a work injury doesn’t mean you can’t be terminated. Now this doesn’t mean that the termination is lawful- sometimes, it’s discriminatory- ie, retaliation for pursuing Work Comp. But a Work Injury isn’t an automatic entitlement to job security.

 

I’m Entitled To A Lump Sum Settlement After I’m Hurt At Work, Right?

No! It’s not an entitlement despite what many misleading TV commercials may say. It’s an agreement between an injured worker and the insurer/employer.  While many cases end up in a lump sum agreement- called a Compromise & Release, it’s not a guarantee. If you are on Work Comp, an insurer can decide to pay you weekly or bi-weekly- they are not required by law to offer a lump sum.

For more information about Pennsylvania Work Comp Law, call Cardamone Law, LLC– it’s all we do. (215) 206-9068

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How Long Will My Pennsylvania Work Comp Case Take?

Want to hear a lawyerly answer? It depends! It’s true. Litigation can vary. If a petition is filed, and isn’t settled, the usual time frame for litigation is about 10 to 12 months.  Why is it this long? Under the Rules, each party will have approximately 90 days for presentation of their evidence.  That’s 6 months right there. And, many times, there are continuances for various reasons. Then, the Work Comp Judge will grant the lawyers 30 to 90 days for their written arguments called “Briefs”.  After this, it can take another 3 to 12 weeks to receive a Decision in the mail from the Work Comp Judge.

On the other hand, many petitions are resolved- perhaps the doctors agree with each other. Or, perhaps a global settlement is reached which means the entire Workers’ Comp case is resolved in a Compromnise & Release.  So, each case takes it own path.

You will want to ask your PA Work Comp Lawyer. He or she will be able to give you the best estimate.  Sometimes, who the Judge is can be a big factor as some Judges move cases quicker than others.

If you have questions about Pennsylvania Work Comp Law, call the best PA Work Comp Lawyers, Cardamone Law!

(215) 206-9068.

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Allentown, PA Work Comp Lawyer

If you are an injured worker and looking for the Best Allentown Work Comp Lawyer, call Cardamone Law.

Cardamone Law is one of the only firms in Pennsylvania that does 100% work comp for injured workers. Attorney Cardamone has been helping injured workers in Allentown and the Lehigh Valley for 20 years.

Allentown is the 3rd most populated city in Pennsylvania and is growing. Maybe you were injured working in the healthcare field, a factory, or a restaurant.  Cardamone Law is here to help. We’ve successfully litigated cases before the Allentown Work Comp Judges. Cardamone Law will come to your residence, or we can meet in our Saucon Valley office.

For more info about the great city of Allentown, click HERE

For help with PA Workers’ Comp, call Cardamone Law 7 days a week.

(215) 206-9068 or Email Michael@Cardamonelaw.com

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania Work Comp Lawyers

Were you injured in Lancaster County and need a Certified, Experienced PA Work Comp Lawyer? Call Cardamone Law 7 days a week – 215 206 9068

We’ve helped hundreds of injured workers in Central Pennsylvania. Attorney Cardamone has tried cases before the Lancaster Work Comp Judges since 1999 when he graduated from Villanova Law.

Lancaster is home to many factories, farms, furniture stores, restaurants and other industries. We know how to position a case to maximize a recovery. And you won’t find out out golfing with our opponents- the defense firms and insurance companies. We fight for our clients in every case rather than focusing on being “friends” with our adversaries. That doesn’t mean we aren’t cordial and professional. But we will always look out for our clients- no matter what.

Most firms in Lancaster handle more than just Workers’ Comp- but not us.  Workers’ Comp Law is all we do- and ONLy for injured workers.

If you want the best Lancaster, PA Work Comp Firm on your side, call Cardamone Law!

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Scranton Wilkes- Barre Work Comp Lawyers

Injured working in a factory or warehouse in Scranton or Wilkes Barre, PA? Call the firm in Pennsylvania that ONLY handles work comp cases for injured workers- Cardamone Law! Comp? Cardamone!

The Scranton Wilkes Barre area is known for its scrappy, hard working people.  Former Vice President Joe Biden is from Scranton. It’s the 6th largest city in Pennsylvania and the county seat for Lackawanna. For more info about Scranton, PA click here

Michael W. Cardamone, a well known Pennsylvania Work Comp Lawyer, and President of Cardamone Law, LLC, has been representing injured workers in Scranton/Wilkes Barre since 1999.  Cardamone was named to the Best Attorneys in America and was President of the Top 100 National Advocates Lawyers.

If you need a Scranton PA Work Comp Lawyer, call Cardamone Law.

Workers’ Comp Lawyer Michael Cardamone Interviewed Regarding House Bill 1840

Michael W. Cardamone, owner of Cardamone Law, LLC, a well known PA Work Comp Law Firm for Injured Workers, was interviewed this week by Business Insurance Dot Com regarding Pennsylvania House Bill 1840.  The Bill seeks to reinstitute Impairment Rating Evaluations under the Pennsylvania Work Comp Act, after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the IRE provisions of the Act in the Protz Decision.  Bill 1840 uses the 6th Edition of the AMA Guides to Permanent Impairment.

As Claimant’s lawyers, we feel the Bill is flawed, and if passed, will be quickly challenged by a Claimant’s firm like ours.  The Protz Decision made clear that it’s unconstutitional to delegate authority to a private entity like the AMA.  Our hope is that the Senate votes it down.

Cardamone was also interviewed by WorkCompCentral a few weeks ago on the same issue.

For more info about PA Work Comp or Impairment Ratings, call Cardamone Law 7 Days a week at 215 206 9068

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Pottsville Work Comp Lawyer

Are you an injured worker in the Pottsville, Pennsylvania area? We are here to help. We’ve handled cases in Pottsville for years. Attorney Cardamone and Silver have tried workers’ compensation cases in Eastern and Central PA for decades.

Pottsville, PA is well known for having hard working people and families. Whether it’s working in a factory, the Yuengling Brewery, an office, a restaurant, a warehouse, or elsewhere, Pottsville is home to gritty, tough people who love their town.

Cardamone Law doesn’t play golf and schmooze the area defense lawyers. We purposely don’t have an office here for that reason. But we represent Pottsville workers and fight tooth and nail to maximize their work comp cases, without being influenced by any local politics.

When you want a Pottsville, PA Work Comp Attorney, turn to Cardamone Law! Work Comp Is All We Do!

Cardamone Law Settles Over Half Million In Work Comp Cases For Clients in July and August 2017

Cardamone Law, a top Pennsylvania Work Comp firm with offices in Eastern and Central, PA, settled well over $500,000.00 in the past 2 months for its clients. Cardamone Law is one of the only firms in Pennsylvania that dedicates 100% of its practice to Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation for injured workers.

Pennsylvania Work Comp Settlements have to be approved by a Work Comp Judge. Cardamone Law is known to maximize settlements for injured workers- that’s all they do.

For Free Consults 7 days a week, call (215) 206-9068 or email Michael@CardamoneLaw.com

Work Comp Law Firm Cardamone Law Sponsors Tex Mex 5K Run in North Wales

Cardamone Law, a leading Pennsylvania Work Comp Law Firm for injured workers, is a sponsor of the Tex Mex 5K Race for Open Space on June 21, 2017. The 5K is one of the best 5K’s in the nation and has thousands of runners every year. The race helps the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association.

Come join us on Wednesday night, June 21, 2017 in the heart of North Wales, PA for a great cause, and party after the race under the stars with some great music, food, and drink. (take Uber if you’re drinking alcohol, or have a DD)

Here is a link to the race website

http://www.wvwa.org/texmex5k/

Cardamone Law- Workers’ Comp Firm Named to Best Law Firms of America

We’re proud to announce that we have been recognized as a Best Law Firm in America for our dedication to injured workers in Pennsylvania.

Cardamone Law is a Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law firm dedicated 100% to injured workers.

We work day and night to serve our clients.

Thank  you for this recognition!

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