Do You Need An Experienced RSD Lawyer In Philadelphia or Pennsylvania?

If you have RSD  (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, call experienced Philly Lawyer  Michael Cardamone to discuss which doctors may be best equipped to treat you, or to discuss your legal matters. These are serious diagnoses that require an experienced opinion. Having deposed the top RSD doctors in Pennsylvania, Attorney Cardamone knows the difficult nature of dealing with these conditions.  Insurers and their doctors like to contest the very existence of these diagnoses, at times. This is because RSD can be quite expensive to treat and it is often a permanent condition. I can also help to ensure that you are being treated by a competent doctor experienced with RSD and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

Call Mike at 215-206-9068 or email for a free and prompt consult. 7 days a week

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Other Than Going To Court, What Do Pennsylvania Work Comp Attorneys Do?

Clients of mine often seem intrigued by attorneys and what we do every day.  Here are some of the things that I do each and every week on behalf of injured workers in Pennsylvania:

-Prepare for and attend hearings

-Prepare for and attend depositions

-Prepare for and attend mediations

-Speak to clients on phone, in person, and via email

-Review medical records to strategize

-Review letters from opposing counsel

-Emails to and from clients and opposing counsel

-Prepare letters to clients and opposing counsel

-Prepare written arguments (briefs)

-Draft and review Stipulations of Fact

-Review settlement agreements

-Review current case law and regulations to stay on the cutting edge of Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law

-Analyze cases for settlement value

-File Petitions

-Assist in scheduling events such as mediations and depositions

-Driving to and from events

-Keep up with social networking and other marketing campaigns

-Review deposition transcripts for case strategy and for typing errors

-Meet with new clients

-Determine better ways to work more efficiently

-Other miscellaneous items such as Continuing Legal Education courses, Bar Association events/news/literature

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What Are Some Of The Important Factors In Determining A Pennsylvania Work Comp Settlement?

There are many factors. And, each case is unique. However, some of the factors include:


Average Weekly Wage before the work injury

Extent of Disability

Whether an Independent Medical Examiner agrees with the treating physician regarding the cause of the diagnoses, the nature of the diagnoses, and the disability arising from the diagnoses

Age and Education of the injured worker

Whether there are any jobs at the pre-injury employer which accommodate the restrictions of the injured worker

Whether a Labor Market Survey has been completed to establish an earning power outside of the pre-injury employer

Whether an Impairment Rating Evaluation has been completed

Whether Medical Treatment has ceased

Costs of prescription medicine for work injury

Whether a Petition to reduce benefits is pending

What Judge is assigned a petition that may be pending

Whether the injured worker is Medicare Eligible

Whether any credits/overpayments exist in favor of the employer/insurer



Again, there are many factors. These are just some of them. For a free analysis of your Pennsylvania Work Comp case, call or email Attorney Michael W. Cardamone 7 days a week at 215-206-9068 or


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My Doctor Doesn’t Seem To Be On The Same Page As Me, What Should I Do?

Talk to your work comp lawyer. Sometimes, it’s better to iron things out with your physician- if they are willing, of course, and sometimes it’s better to move on and find a better advocate.  You certainly want to avoid the appearance of doctor shopping so it’s always better to have continuity with a doctor, but sometimes you don’t see eye to eye and need to move on. If you speak to your work comp attorney about the situation, he or she will be able to analyze your case, the circumstances you are in, and the backdrop of your case, to be able to give you sound advice.


One common example of doctors and patients not being on the same page is after surgery. The surgeon will want to stress all the positive things- such as improving range of motion, less pain, well-healed surgical incision, etc.   (and it’s perfectly fine to note improvements that have taken place but sometimes they overdo it, possibly to justify the surgery or to have a paper trail to fend off malpractice allegations)  On the other hand, the surgeon may minimize or understate the ongoing problems that you are experiencing- despite a surgery that may have been done as well as it could have been done.  The failure to document your ongoing limitations, or the failure to state them accurately, can negatively impact your Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation case.  This is why it is important for you to have an experienced attorney who will obtain your records and analyze them, to make sure the doctor’s records truly reflect your condition- and not simply the improvements you have made.


For more info on this topic, feel free to contact Michael W. Cardamone directly at 215-206-9068 or email


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How Long Will It Take To Know If Work Comp Is Accepting My Pennsylvania Work Injury Claim?

Once you give notice of your work injury, the Employer/Insurer has 21 days to accept, deny, or temporarily accept your claim. If they do not issue an acceptance, denial, or temporary acceptance within that time frame, they are in violation of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, and subject to penalties, up to 50%, pursuant to the Work Comp Judge’s discretion.


I had recently posted about the Notice requirement. Make sure you give clear notice of your work injury. Simply saying your back hurts may not be enough. If you injured your back while working, make sure to tell your supervisor that you injured your back while working. They should have you fill out an incident report. Many Employers/Insurers will argue that notice was not given. Communication is really important. Some injured workers fear that they may lose their job if they report a work injury because of the culture espoused by the Employer to minimize work injuries- and some of the natural cynicism that accompanies this type of climate. Your Employer can not fire you for reporting a work injury. If they do, they will be subject to a major discrimination law suit.


If you have questions about the time limits involved in Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation claims, notice, or any other matters, feel free to call me directly at 215-206-9068 or email


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What Is The Difference Between The Americans With Disabilities Act And The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act?

First, the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act deals with injuries on the job. The Americans With Disabilities Act deals with disabilities whether work -related or not.

In Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation, the term disability refers to a work injury plus wage loss. Under the ADA, disability signifies a mental or physical impairment that “substantially limits one or more of his or her major life activities” without regarding to economic loss.

Not everyone with a work injury will have a disability as defined by the ADA. In other words, the work injury may not be significant enough to “substantially limit a major life activity”.

Under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Comp Act, if an injured employee is disabled from his or her pre-injury job, they are entitled to two-thirds of their wage loss.

Under the ADA, if a person is “disabled”, the remedy is that the employer has to make “reasonable accommodations” which means a restructuring of the job by reallocating or reassigning marginal job functions, modifying work schedules, altering of the ergonomics of a work station, or possibly changing work equipment.

The two bodies of law converge in many more ways, but this is a basic overview.

(Note the ADA applies to private employers who employ fifteen or more employees, and to state and local government employers regardless of the number of employees).

For more info about the Americans With Disabilities Act and Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation, call experienced Pennsylvania Work Place Injury Lawyer, Michael W. Cardamone at 215-206-9068 or email

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Cardamone Speaks To Easton Area Employers As Work Comp Expert

Michael W. Cardamone, Esquire, spoke to several Easton area employers today, along with Attorney Charles Brown, as part of a panel of Workers’ Compensation Experts Seminar put on by Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services. The seminar was moderated by Darin Lusch who is the coordinator for Phoenix Rehab. Darin did an outstanding job. Michael represents injured workers and Charles represents employers and insurance companies.

Attorneys Cardamone and Brown enjoyed a vigorous discussion and debate about numerous issues involving Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law, each advocating for their respective clients’ point of view.

The attendees, largely human resource personnel from Easton area employers, challenged the panel with great questions.

The seminar started at 930 am and ended at 1230 pm.

If you need info about Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law, contact Michael directly at 215-206-9068 or email him at

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What Is The Employer’s Burden Of Proof In Establishing That An Injured Worker Has Fully Recovered?

First, the burden of proof is on the Employer. The employer seeking to terminate work comp benefits bears the burden of demonstrating that either 1) the employee’s disability has ceased, or 2) that any current disability arises from a cause unrelated to the employee’s work injury.

The burden never shifts to the employee in a termination proceeding to prove the existence of a causal (work-relatedness) connection between the disability and the injury. The Employer must present substantial medical evidence that all disability has ceased. This burden is a heavy one because disability is presumed to continue until shown otherwise.

It is important for an injured worker in Pennsylvania to recognize that the Employer must only demonstrate a recovery from the accepted injuries. The accepted injuries can often be found in a Notice of Compensation Payable- or other controlling document such as an Agreement for Compensation, a Judge’s Decision, or a Stipulation of Fact. An Employer does not have the burden of demonstrating a full recovery from injuries new and distinct from those described in an NCP.

If you are receiving work comp benefits in Pennsylvania, and if the Employer/Insurer has filed a Petition to Terminate your benefits, call experienced PA Work Injury Lawyer, Michael W. Cardamone, for representation at 215-206-9068 or email

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Can Work Comp Reduce My Checks If I Am Receiving Social Security (old age), Severance, Unemployment Compensation, Or Pension Benefits?

Yes. Proper notice of the offset must be given. And, the injured worker may dispute the offset by filing a Petition to Review Offset.

If an injured worker in Pennsylvania is receiving Social Security Disability benefits, then there is no offset, but there is for “old age” benefits.

With respect to the pension offset, the offset is only allowed to the extent that the pension plan was funded by the employer, whether insurer or self-insured, directly liable for the payment of compensation benefits.

Regarding social security old age benefits, 50% of the benefits shall be credited against the amount of benefits received under the PA Work Comp Act. The offset does not apply if the old age benefits were received prior to the compensable work injury.


For more information about these offsets under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law, contact Philadelphia Work Injury Lawyer, Michael W. Cardamone for a Free and prompt consult at 215-206-9068 or email


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Cardamone Joins the Sons of Ben!

Philadelphia Work Comp Lawyer, Michael W. Cardamone, has joined the Sons of Ben- a non-profit member organization that supports the Delaware Valley Soccer Community. The Sons of Ben helped create the momentum that led to the Philadelphia Union of the MLS and the Philadelphia Independence.  The Sons of Ben are active with charitable and philanthropic efforts including the Help Kick Hunger campaign.

The Sons of Ben sit in “The River End” at the Union’s home games, and bring unparalleled enthusiasm to the games with their clever songs and chants. They are a large part of why the Union are one of the best team’s in Major League Soccer.

C”mon the U!