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Specific-Loss Benefits: Loss Of Use Must Be Permanent

January 2, 2018

One of the types of benefits available to injured Pennsylvania workers is a “specific loss” benefit. This is available when a worker loses the use of a body part for “all practice, intents and purposes.”  In a recent case, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania addressed the requirements for proving the “specific loss” of a body part. […]

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The Difference Between Claims For Workers Compensation & Personal Injury

January 18, 2017

Clients may confuse the concepts of worker’s compensation and personal injury. However, there are several distinctions between these two theories of recovery. A personal injury claim may be filed when another party causes injuries because of negligent or reckless behavior. A personal injury claim may provide recovery for any lost earnings, as well as medical expenses, lost earning capacity, […]

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Do I Have To Pay Back My Recovery For Work Injuries In A Civil Action?

December 23, 2016

Often, an employee’s work-related injury occurs as the result of the actions of a third party. Nonetheless, the worker’s employer pays workers’ compensation benefits to the injured employee. “Subrogation” is defined as one person or party standing in the place of another in respect to a debt or insurance claim. When a person is injured […]

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Workers’ Compensation And The Aggravation Of Pre-Existing Conditions

December 16, 2016

Powell Law has represented Pennsylvania workers for over a century. Not only do we obviously pride ourselves on our overall experience in workers’ compensation cases, we especially pride ourselves on our representation in cases involving workers who have suffered injuries in somewhat unusual circumstances. A work injury which aggravates a pre-existing condition is one such […]

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What Is An Impairment Rating Evaluation (IRE)?

December 14, 2016

Clients sometimes ask, “What is an Impairment Rating Evaluation?” An Impairment Rating Evaluation (IRE) is a determination of a worker’s whole body impairment by a physician of a, which considers work-related diagnoses.  An IRE may be requested once an injured worker has received 104 weeks (2 years) of total disability compensation. The sole purpose of an […]

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Repetitive Stress Injuries In The Workplace

December 5, 2016

Repetitive stress injuries (RSI) such as carpal tunnel syndrome are debilitating conditions suffered by workers whose jobs involve repetitive activity and movement. With the increased use of computers in the workplace, RSI work injuries have become more prevalent Aside from activities involving the use of computers, assuming awkward or fixed postures for long periods or […]

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Settling Workers Comp Cases And Waiving Other Claims

November 30, 2016

It is especially crucial to consult with an experienced and knowledgeable Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney before agreeing to a lump sum settlement of a workers’ compensation claim. For 110 years, Powell Law has litigated Pennsylvania workers compensation actions and obtained benefits for injured Pennsylvania workers. Employers agree to such one-time settlements because they expediently dispose of a matter […]

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Undocumented Workers And Workers Compensation

November 28, 2016

As discussions of immigration reform dominate much of our political climate, many undocumented aliens continue to participate in our nation’s workforce. Some say that they are unfairly taking away jobs from legal U.S. citizens, while others say that they perform many types of jobs that would be hard to fill otherwise. Of course, these individuals […]

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Workers Compensation Death Benefit Eligibility In Pennsylvania

November 23, 2016

Sadly, work-related accidents may result in serious injury, even death. In the latter case, this may considerably affect the dependents of the deceased worker over a long period of time. Some of these effects are substantially economic as a family may lose its primary, or even exclusive, source of income. If a Pennsylvania worker dies […]

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Partial And Total Disability Distinguished

November 21, 2016

Powell Law has represented Pennsylvanians who have suffered work injuries from just about any factual situation or circumstance. Many injuries are minor and workers usually return to their same job within a reasonably short amount of time. However, some injuries create a temporary or even permanent impairment for a prolonged period of time, thereby often […]

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