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2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Q: Still working after injury. Must I use accrued PTO for WorkersComp Dr. appointments? Will WorkersComp reimburse my PTO?

I am still able to work after suffering a work related injury. However, medical visits/therapy are necessary. Unfortunately, these appointments are only available during working hours. My employer is forcing me to use my accrued PTO for this time. This seems unfair to me, unless I am able to be... Read more »

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Glenn Neiman answered on Sep 21, 2019

I agree with Mr. Palutis. The key is whether the treatment at issue is available outside of work hours. If so, workers’ compensation benefits would not be available for a loss in wages due to getting this treatment. Physical therapy, for example, can be an issue in this regard. However, if... Read more »

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Q: i was hurt on the job on 11/22/1018 i told employerr by feb 10 and have not heard back from them i am going to doctors

i am in therapy and my injury they say cant be fixed i m in a lot of pain and i kept asking the employer when they where going to do something they done nothing but try take my unemployment away where do i go from here

Glenn Neiman
Glenn Neiman answered on Aug 26, 2019

Talk to an attorney certified as a specialist in workers compensation law immediately. You should be getting workers compensation benefits, not unemployment compensation benefits, if you were injured at work. Good luck!

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Q: Does WorkComp cover travel to work & going home from the job?

broke leg en route

Glenn Neiman
Glenn Neiman answered on Jun 18, 2019

Usually not, as the basic act of commuting to work is not part of the "scope and course" of working, so it is usually not covered by the PA Workers' Compensation Act (unless you are a "travelling" employee, with no fixed place of employment). However, there are exceptions to this rule, such as how... Read more »

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Q: What does this mean: according to evidence if record: the recurrence is for medical care only claim is in open status

Adjudication if claimed recurrence is not necessary & no further action will be taken in regards to this claim

Glenn Neiman
Glenn Neiman answered on Jun 14, 2019

Honestly, I simply cannot tell what that means on the part you have quoted. Assuming this is a decision from a Judge, I would need to see the entire decision to be able to tell what is going on. If you have an attorney, obviously your attorney is the best one to tell you what this means, and how... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Q: I haven't received any treated for my ankel in 10 months i was stucked by a forklift.WMC doctor say I have deformity

They took an mri of the foot not the ankel both doctors worte down.how long do i wait more for treatment.and with no back pay also.I have a lawyer but its taking so long for treatment.

Glenn Neiman
Glenn Neiman answered on Jun 11, 2019

I am so sorry this happened to you. Having your valid claim denied can be very frustrating, to say the least. The best person to give you an answer with regard to the timing of your case is your attorney. Only he or she knows the details of your case and can provide some estimate for how long it... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Q: Why did the workmans adjuster got replaced with a lawyer.thank you
Glenn Neiman
Glenn Neiman answered on May 9, 2019

I agree with Mr. Belt. That suggests they are preparing litigation against you to lower or stop your benefits. Consult with an attorney certified as a specialist in workers compensation law.

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Q: Please if you can let me know now that its taken so long what can i do to further .

9/19/18 i got stuck by a forklift with no brakes. I got a lawyer its been 8 1/2 month gone by i only received 9 weeks of pay i saw my lawyers doctor and i have ankel deformity and torn ligaments . i got and MRI also from insurance I'm still in pain and there taking along time for treatment. We went... Read more »

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Glenn Neiman answered on May 9, 2019

I agree with Mr. Jaffe and Mr. Belt. Cases take varying times, depending on the facts of each case. Every litigation is different, since every case has different facts. The only one who can answer this question is your attorney. I will note, unfortunately, it is not unusual to litigate a case... Read more »

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Q: my dr told me to be off and they are dyeing my work comp I can not return till I PT what do I need to do to fight this

I had a sonogram done and the dr said there was a torn muscle and 2 small hernias'. Work comp called me yesterday and said they are dynein my claim but my dr told me I can not return till I have PT

Glenn Neiman
Glenn Neiman answered on May 9, 2019

The answer is that you need to consult with an attorney, preferably one certified as a specialist in workers' compensation law, asap. A Claim Petition will need to be filed and litigated. An attorney can explain in more detail how this will work based on the facts in your case. Good luck!

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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Q: Unpaid Medical Bills

I had a workers compensation settlement in April 2015. They agreed to pay medical until the date of settlement. Last year I found out there was unpaid bills. The rep stated my medical provided was coding them wrong. Both the billing dept and the comp carrier said it would be taken care of. This... Read more »

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Glenn Neiman answered on Apr 11, 2019

Assuming you had an attorney represent you in the settlement (and this is yet another reason everyone should seriously consider doing so), call your attorney. If you did not have an attorney, yes, you may need to litigate this issue. Either way, you may need to consult with an attorney, whether... Read more »

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Q: Does workers comp pay for time off work for physical therapy

I returned to work on light duty after shoulder surgery , The doctor has ordered physical therapy . I go to therapy 3 days a week . I work 7-3 and I leave work 2 1/4 hour's early to go to therapy , does workers comp pay for those hours lost from work ?

Glenn Neiman
Glenn Neiman answered on Jan 31, 2019

Generally speaking, if the treatment is available outside your work hours, but you miss work to have the treatment, you would not be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for the time/wages you lose. You should meet with an attorney certified as a specialist in workers compensation law to... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Q: I injured my dominant shoulder on the job. Do I have to accept literally cleaning bathrooms, break room, fridges.

Im a heavy equipment operator but they’re light duty is being a janitor and cleaning the hepatitis type bathrooms.

Chambersburg, Pa

Glenn Neiman
Glenn Neiman answered on Jan 16, 2019

Generally speaking, as long as a job is within your physical capabilities, and you are qualified to perform the necessary tasks, a judge or court will not look kindly if you elect to decline a job. That said, every situation is different and you should consult with an attorney certified as a... Read more »

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Q: R-shoulder labrum tear: light duty Can I be made to go against my restrictions or do a job that causes pain or a ....

Or a chance at further injury/illness.

Also for some strange reason I got wrote up for “using the wrong break room” and somehow I’m a distraction to other employees. How can I counter their childishness, I’m just trying to work and do what I’m told until this is over..

Glenn Neiman
Glenn Neiman answered on Jan 16, 2019

The short answer is NO, you should not be made to work beyond the restrictions placed upon you. The longer answer is that you should immediately contact an attorney certified as a specialist in PA workers' compensation law, whether my firm or another of the fine attorneys on this board, so you can... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Insurance Bad Faith for Pennsylvania on
Q: What happens if your Employer doesn't report your work-related injury to the State Worker's Comp Board?

There was 2 separate work-related injuries and none was reported to the State Worker's Comp Board

Glenn Neiman
Glenn Neiman answered on Jan 9, 2019

As Mr. Palutis indicated, an employer is required to report a work injury to the PA Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. This is to be done by a specific form, Employers’ Report of Injury. Failure to report the injury could lead to penalties for violating the PA Workers’ Compensation Act.... Read more »

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Q: Can the insurance company schedule an IME with a dr that is I’ve 90 minutes from my home?

It’s a PA claim. I live 10 minutes from Philadelphia.

Glenn Neiman
Glenn Neiman answered on Jan 8, 2019

The scheduling of an IME is basically whatever a judge would find reasonable. Often, the judges give great latitude to the insurance companies on this, but every situation is different. This would vary depending on the type of injury, where you live and where they want you seen. Talk to an... Read more »

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Q: Can FMLA leave be combined with workers' compensation?
Glenn Neiman
Glenn Neiman answered on Dec 26, 2018

I agree with Mr. Belt. Workers’ compensation and FMLA accomplish different goals and can be taken together. Workers’ compensation provides wage loss and medical benefits, but does not protect your job. On the other hand, FMLA does not give any monetary or medical benefits, but does provide... Read more »

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Q: How do I decide if I need to file a workers' compensation or a personal injury claim for my work injury?
Glenn Neiman
Glenn Neiman answered on Dec 11, 2018

I would urge you to meet with an attorney certified as a specialist in workers' compensation law, whether my firm or another of the fine attorneys on this board. The attorney will help figure out where and how to proceed. That is one of the benefits to having an attorney represent you! Peace of... Read more »

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Q: I broke my wrist shelving boxes at my employer's warehouse. When I went to HR to ask how to file workers' comp paperwork

I was told the company doesn't have workers' comp insurance. Is this legal? What do I do now?

Glenn Neiman
Glenn Neiman answered on Nov 26, 2018

No, this is illegal. In fact, your employer’s failure to carry workers’ compensation insurance in PA is a crime. You need to immediately get an attorney, preferably one certified as a specialist in workers compensation law. There are now very short time frames for filing claims when no... Read more »

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Q: I work for a small company of under 20 people. Is my employer required to offer workers' compensation?
Glenn Neiman
Glenn Neiman answered on Oct 25, 2018

There is no minimum number of employees to require an employer to have workers' compensation coverage in PA. Even if an employer has a single employee, the employer, by law, must have PA workers' compensation insurance. Failure to carry workers' compensation insurance in PA is a crime and can... Read more »

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Q: Can part time employees get workers comp?
Glenn Neiman
Glenn Neiman answered on Oct 12, 2018

I agree with my colleagues - while the number of hours an injured worker works a week would have an impact on the amount of wage loss benefits the injured worker would receive, there is no minimum earnings required to be eligible for workers' comp benefits (similarly to there being no minimum time... Read more »

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Q: Is my employer required to pay me to go to doctor visits? I don't think I will be out long enough for comp to pay me.

I will only be out of work for 2 or 3 days.

Glenn Neiman
Glenn Neiman answered on Oct 11, 2018

First, an injured worker is not entitled to any wage loss benefits unless he or she is out of work for seven days (if out 13 days or more, then it is retroactive to the first day). Second, time lost to medical treatment is generally not compensable unless it is for treatment that cannot be... Read more »

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