It may be in your best interest to attend mediation with your employer (and your self-obtained counsel) to come to a resolution. You or your employer can file a petition with the Office of Adjudication to begin the mediation process. Though you are not required to obtain counsel for representation in worker’s compensation proceeding, we [...]
Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation program is a great benefit to workers and employers. It streamlines the process of getting you the medical treatment and money you deserve, and saves your employer from costly litigation; however, it is not always smooth-sailing. The law is complex, and your employer and the insurance carrier will be represented by experienced [...]
There are a number of reasons why your benefits may be reduced or stopped. For example, if -- after you begin to receive benefits -- your employer has evidence to prove that employment is available to you, within your medical restrictions and in your local area, you may receive an offer of employment. If you [...]
There are certain, periodic reporting requirements if you are seeking or are receiving benefits. You must be truthful: workers’ compensation insurance fraud is a crime. In addition, failure to complete the required forms may result in the suspension of your benefits.
Depending on the specific circumstances of the work-related injury, there are a variety of types of workers’ compensation benefits. Medical Care Of course, the most important and immediate need is for you to have medical care. Your employer is responsible for advising you in writing of your rights under the workers’ compensation law. This notice [...]
As soon as you’re injured or discover a work-related illness, you must contact your supervisor immediately and provide him/her with full details of the incident, including the date and place of the injury. Make sure you provide your employer with a descriptive illustration as to what occurred in addition to requesting any witnesses (example - [...]
Generally, Pennsylvania employers must provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage for their employees, including part-time and seasonal workers. There are a few exceptions: for example, some volunteers, agricultural laborers, casual employees, and domestics are not covered. Further, certain categories of workers receive benefits under separate compensation benefit laws. These include federal civilian employees, railroad workers, longshoremen, [...]
One of the first questions clients ask is will a bankruptcy affect their ability to obtain or refinance mortgages afterwards. They are also concerned about how it affects their credit report and how they can improve their credit score post-bankruptcy. The answers to these questions depend upon the type of bankruptcy that was filed and whether debts were completely discharged, [...]
The term, "trustee," is used to refer to the person or entity who is the representative of the bankruptcy estate. The trustee is statutorily authorized to act primarily on behalf of the unsecured creditors of the estate. The trustee acts under the general supervision of the court and the U.S. Trustee (see below) or bankruptcy [...]
A petition may be filed by an individual, by a husband and wife together, or by a corporation or other type of business entity.