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Workers Comp Is No-Fault Insurance

May 15, 2020

Powell Law has represented injured workers for 115 years and has a distinguished reputation throughout northeastern Pennsylvania for adhering to the highest standards in serving those injured on the job. In 1915, the Pennsylvania Legislature enacted the Pennsylvania Workmen’s (Workers’) Compensation Act (the “Act”) specifying compensation for employees who are injured as a result of […]

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When May An Experienced Attorney Help In A Workers’ Comp Case?

May 7, 2020

The workers’ compensation system in Pennsylvania, like that in every state, was created to assist individuals who are injured or who become ill while working, or as a result of working. Workers’ compensation provides benefits that pay medical expenses and lost wages while an injured worker recovers from an accident or illness. Most Pennsylvania employers […]

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The Latest Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Statistics

April 24, 2020

Correctly calculating an injured worker’s compensation rate is both a complicated and critical undertaking. An incorrect calculation may lead to costly litigation, penalties, even the disallowance of a claim under some circumstances. In 1906, James Powell, Sr. founded Powell Law. Since then, our attorneys have litigated workers’ compensation cases involving all types of workplace injuries. […]

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A Look At Some Changes To The Pennsylvania Workers Comp System Caused By COVID-19

April 22, 2020

In a concerted effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Department of Labor & Industry, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC), Workers’ Compensation Office of Adjudication (WCOA), and Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (WCAB) have taken swift and impactful action to sustain the operation of Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation system. The Commonwealth is working diligently to educate its […]

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SB 94 Would Expand Workers’ Comp Benefits For Volunteer EMS Workers

April 16, 2020

The Pennsylvania General Assembly is currently proposing the expansion of workers’ compensation benefits to emergency responders in Senate Bill 94.  The Bill would give Pennsylvania volunteer emergency medical service (EMS) responders workers’ compensation insurance for injuries suffered while performing all work-related activities. As of April 2020, volunteer firefighters and emergency medical service (EMS) responders receive workers’ […]

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Pennsylvania Suspends Key Section Of Workers Comp Act

April 14, 2020

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has recently approved emergency measures to the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation system effective immediately. One of these measures suspends a key provision, Section 413, of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act relating to notification by an employer of a change in the status of a worker’s claim. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & […]

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COVID-19 And Compensable Work Injuries

April 9, 2020

Life as we know it has been altered by the coronavirus pandemic. As private businesses and public agencies rush to prepare for the immediate future and accommodate the effects of the virus with everyday living, American workers have been enormously affected, perhaps the worst of any group. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, through various state agencies, […]

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Compensable Work Injuries In Pennsylvania

April 2, 2020

The following crucial question arises when a work-related injury occurs: “Did the injury or illness arise within the course and scope of employment?” The key terms under consideration are “course and scope of employment.” In Pennsylvania, if a worker suffers an injury that does not arise in the course of employment, the harm suffered by […]

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2020 Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Rates

March 16, 2020

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (“DLI”) recently updated its workers’ compensation rate calculation chart for 2020, based on the updated Statewide Average Weekly Wage (SAWW). The Pennsylvania DLI determines the maximum compensation payable under the Workers’ Compensation Act using the Statewide Average Weekly Wage. For injuries occurring after January 1, 2020, the maximum […]

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Are Psychological Work Injuries Compensable In Pennsylvania?

February 26, 2020

Did you know that psychological and mental injuries may be compensable under the Workers’ Compensation Act? Therefore, it’s important to know that these types of injuries are divided into three distinct categories, and each one carries its own burden of proof. *The first category of psychological injury involves a mental condition that occurs during or […]

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