>Best Lawyer For Workers Compensation Case in Pennsylvania

>Who is the best lawyer for a PA workers comp case? The one you are most comfortable with. You should hire a lawyer who listens carefully to your facts, who treats you with respect, and who is knowledgeable about Pennsylvania workers compensation. You should not have to speak to a paralegal for 90% of your conversations. You want someone who is accessible, who returns your calls within a day, and who will fight for every penny you deserve. The best pa workers comp lawyer is someone who treats you like a person, not a file.

Your case is important, so choose wisely.

-Michael W. Cardamone

>Can I Get Workers Comp Wage Loss Benefits If I Have Child Support Arrearages?

>Yes, however, the arrears must be paid off before you receive your work comp checks- or, a payment arrangement must be made with the Domestic Relations office for which an Order has been entered against you for past due amounts.

It is important to obtain a copy of the Court Order for your child support.

As part of a settlement of a Pennsylvania Work Comp case, you will need to sign an Affidavit confirming your lien status, and a lien search print out from the internet will be attached to the paper work. The Courts do, and should, take this very seriously.

For more info, call Michael W. Cardamone at 215.206.9068 or email mcardamone@krasno.com


>What Is Difference Between Workers Comp and Social Security Disability?

>Social Security Disability is a monthly benefit for individuals who are unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months. 42 U.S.C. 423 (d) (1) (A).

The amount depends on the money you have paid into the system. You must have been insured for 20 out of 40 quarters. (you have worked for at least 5 out of the last 10 years)

Pennsylvania Workers Comp is a benefit (reasonable, necessary and related medical bills, and 2/3 wage loss) for the inability to perform one’s pre-injury job. Work Comp is paid by the employer’s work comp carrier or if they are self-insured, then by the employer itself. In Social Security Disability, (paid by our Federal Gov’t) the question is broader and focuses on whether a person can work at all. In Pennsylvania Workers Comp, a person can be deemed partially disabled if they have an earning power, but one that is less than pre-injury. In the Social Security Disability arena, the issue is whether the person is totally disabled from “substantial gainful activity”.

Can a person who is receiving Pennsylvania workers comp benefits, still apply for Social Security Disability benefits? Yes. In some cases, however, it is wise to wait until the Pennsylvania Workers Comp case is settled or over, before applying for SSD because complex Medicare issues can arise.

Your SSD monthly amount will be reduced depending on the amount of workers comp you may be receiving.

SSI is for those who are disabled and poor- the max benefit is $637 per month. Generally speaking, if one qualifies for welfare, then one should qualify for SSI.

This is a just a very simple and broad outline of SSD and PA Work Comp. For more information about the interplay between SSD and PA Workers Comp, call Michael W. Cardamone at 215.206.9068 or email mcardamone@krasno.com