Monthly Archives: April 2011

How Do Lawyers Get Paid In Pennsylvania Work Comp Cases?

We get paid 20% of any wage loss benefits that we secure for an injured worker- or 20% of wage loss that we prevent the insurer or employer from reducing. Likewise, if we settle your case, we receive 20% of the settlement amount. Fees in PA Work Comp are contingent. This means, we only get […]

Can I Apply For Social Security If I Am On Workmans Comp?

Yes. However, if you receive social security retirement benefits after the date of the work injury, then the insurer/employer gets a 50% credit. If you get on social security disability, your work comp checks do not go down. But the SSD check will be lower due to the receipt of the work comp. Talk to […]

Death Claims In Pennsylvania Workers’ Comp

If an injured worker dies from the work injury, a claim petition must be filed within three years after the date of death. The death must occur within 300 weeks after the injury. In occupational disease claims, the death from an occupational disease shall be the basis for the payment of compensation only where the […]

If My Work Comp Claim Is Denied, Can I Get Short Term Disability?

If work comp denies your claim, and if you have short term disability, you can pursue that. Give the short term disability people your Denial so they know that work comp is not paying. (even if your work comp case is in litigation). If you ultimately end up with work comp benefits, then work comp […]

If I Am Still Working, Can I Pursue A Work Comp Case In Pennsylvania?

Yes. In Pennsylvania, you are entitled to wage loss benefits and medical benefits. If you are making the same or more as you did before the work injury, you can still pursue a claim if you were denied, for medical benefits. This is a frequent scenario. It is wise to “lawyer up” because the insurance […]

Who Pays For The Depositions In A Pennsylvania Work Comp Case?

If I take a deposition for my client, my firm pays for it unless otherwise agreed. The medical depositions can be quite expensive- sometimes even $5,000.00. This is why the Work Comp Judges in Pennsylvania often tell injured workers that without a work comp lawyer, they can expect to lose their case. Most people do […]

Can I Get Short Term Or Long Term Disability While On Workmans Comp In Pennsylvania?

Yes. However, the insurer gets a credit for the STD or LTD benefits to the extent funded by the Employer. So, if the employee pays for the entire premium of the STD or LTD coverage, then there is no credit against the work comp benefits. But if the employee only pays 20%, then the insurer […]