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Are workers with occupational diseases denied benefits?

The Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers' Compensation states that benefits may be available if an individual's work causes a disease, illness or injury. Yet according to a recent article, workers who suffer illnesses from exposure to toxic chemicals may face obstacles in obtaining benefits. 

Navigating a denied workers' compensation claim

Having your workers' compensation claim denied is not the end of the world. Indeed, at Wolf Baldwin & Associates, PC, this is exactly the reason why many of our clients come to us. They tried to fill out the necessary paperwork and file their workers' comp claim on their own, but were met with rejection.

Pennsylvania court overrules workers' compensation decision

Many Pennsylvanians may not realize that the American Medical Association's Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment are used to determine their workers' compensation benefits. Since these guidelines are updated and changed from time to time, a person who suffers a work-related injury or illness that makes him or her eligible for disability benefits needs to make sure that his or her benefits are being paid in accordance with the correct version of the AMA guidelines. While it might seem like the most current ones would be applicable, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania just ruled differently.

Traumatic brain injury: Causes and risk factors

Traumatic brain injuries are notoriously difficult to deal with because the human brain is still shrouded in a great deal of mystery. Neurologists and other kinds of scientists are always studying the brain in the hopes of helping those with these kinds of injuries lead more rounded lives. Another reason for such in-depth study is determining the causes of brain injuries as well as what factors mean a greater risk, both for the Pennsylvania workforce and other residents of the state.

What are the benefits of workers' compensation in Pennsylvania?

When Pennsylvania workers are injured on their jobs, there are more problems to worry about many times than just the medical issues. Financial issues can also be a problem, especially if the worker is out of work for a significant period of time. That's where workers' compensation comes in, though.

Making Sense of the Proposed Revisions to the Federal Overtime Rules

In June of this year, the United Stated Department of Labor, at the direction of the Obama administration, announced proposed revisions to the "white collar" exemptions to the federal overtime regulations. The proposed revisions, if enacted, will be the first update to those federal overtime exemptions since 2004. The proposed revisions, explained in detail below, are dramatic and demand attention from employers of all types and sizes because the proposed revisions are projected to mandate the payment of overtime to 4.6 million workers in the United States who are not currently receiving overtime, and the news attention alone is likely to cause many employees to questions whether they should be receiving overtime under the current or proposed rules. Employers who ignore this potential development do so at their own risk!

Workers' compensation claims not always straightforward

If you have ever been injured on the job or become sick because of the work you do, you know that workers' compensation laws are not always clear and concise. They are full of pitfalls that can make it difficult, if not impossible, to claim your injury or illness. One of those injuries could very well be a crush injury.

Can I choose my doctor?

If you're injured on the job in Pennsylvania, you may want to pick out your doctor rather than taking one that the company or insurance company directs you to. Are you allowed to choose your personal doctor or is this choice made for you by those who are footing the bill though workers' compensation?

Pennsylvania workers' comp disputes don't have to be adversarial

Sometimes, employers and workers' compensation insurers don't agree with an employee's claim. They may believe an injury didn't actually take place at work, or that an illness wasn't caused by a workplace hazard. They may try to blame the sick or injured employee. They may even deny the worker was actually an employee and claim he or she is a contractor. Or, they may simply dispute the amount of benefits the worker deserves.

Can my workers' comp benefits be cut if I get SSDI benefits, too?

Sometimes, a workplace injury or illness is so serious that it causes a permanent disability. If it meets the Social Security Administration's definition of disability, the injured person may well qualify for benefits through Social Security disability, usually through Social Security Disability Insurance. Yet injuries and illnesses caused by workplace activities are covered by the Pennsylvania workers' compensation system, too.

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