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2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hi I have a Work Comp case currently the questions I have, what do you do when you haven't talk to your attorney

In months and they haven't responded to you about your case moving forward

Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt answered on Sep 20, 2021

Call them up and demand a meeting. If they refuse, you have a right to take your file and go to another firm. The claim is yours, not the attorney's.

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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Q: While married you have a workers comp monthly payment. You then separate from your spouse and then are awarded a lump

settlement for future earnings. Is your spouse entitled to this lump settlement?

Glenn Neiman
Glenn Neiman answered on Aug 26, 2021

Unfortunately, I cannot answer your question. I (and my firm) handle only PA workers' compensation cases. The question you are asking is not governed by workers' compensation laws, but by family law. I would suggest you post this on the Family Law practice area. Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Q: C & R does not state anywhere the defense has paid Medicare over 30,000 in medical. how can I push to include on pag 1

I am expected to sign a C & R that does not include any amount paid to Medicare for the health costs for the direct result of assault. They take no responsibility for this. I understand they need to put this in somewhere on the C & R. They do not want to do this, they don't want... Read more »

Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt answered on Aug 17, 2021

I believe I responded to you before. It is up to you. You can sign the agreement and take the risk in regard to the medical issues, or you can try to renegotiate the terms. If unable to renegotiate the terms, you can move forward to decision and take the risk that you will lose. I would suggest... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Q: Do I contact Disciplinary Board of Supreme court of PA, or Attorney General. Or both? Or who can review the work comp

I believe my lawyer, is settling for money, although the defendant denies I was hurt at work or they will /have paid any medical expenses. I have a clients information and a report filed on the date of my assault, their doctor wrote I could have received the chronic hematomo on that date. My... Read more »

Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt answered on Aug 16, 2021

First, your lawyer cannot settle without your agreement, so if you want to take the risk that you may lose in taking your claim to decision, you do not have to settle.

Second, all terms of the settlement should be within the C & R agreement. Read it carefully. If it says that Medicare...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Elder Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: This is extremely complicated and Covid related. At beginning of pandemic all persons over 60 laid off for months

Upon returning - we were required to disinfect all areas between patients with new disinfectants, masks and shields. By afternoon this had me vomiting violently. Sent home on many occasions suspected of infection. Occupational Medicine would not see me. I was consistently approved for time off... Read more »

Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt answered on May 11, 2021

That is indeed a complicated set of facts. It sounds like your doctor has indicated your condition is related to a work related chemical exposure. As such, this may be considered a work injury. If you have not already provided notice to your employer of a work injury, you have 120 days from the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation, Civil Rights and Sexual Harassment for Pennsylvania on
Q: Verbal and sexual harassment at a union job. Terminated after filing sexual harassment complaint.

Here are a few bullet points of what occurred:

1. Verbal & Sexual Harassment

2. Unpaid hours every week due to archaic system; and I can’t prove it since I was told to report hours worked to management, who didn’t consistently report my time to payroll.

3. Vehicle... Read more »

Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt answered on May 6, 2021

In regard to bullet point 4 only, assuming you reported the injury within 120 days, and a period of less than 3 years has past since the date of injury, you may still have a claim for workers' compensation benefits which may provide payment of medical as well as wage loss benefits despite your... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Q: work injury took 17 days before management gave me a form for an accident report

first I was told to go to an urgent care the following week even though my supervisor saw the incident happen and was not told to report it, paid out of pocket, then from there the doc report said it was WC said work but has to follow with occupational doc, never heard from WC until she called to... Read more »

Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt answered on May 1, 2021

Assuming your employer is not self insured and has actual insurance, the change in ownership will not change the carrier's obligation to make proper payment for an accepted claim. Whether or not this is an accepted claim is a different question. It sounds like the employer and possibly the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Medical Malpractice for Pennsylvania on
Q: Workmen comp case hurt at work ,have 4 bulging disc

Making me clock out for therapy. I live in Pennsylvania but work in New Jersey. On light duty but not really light duty. On a hour restriction but still seem to be working over 8 hours a day

Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt answered on Apr 22, 2021

For a Pennsylvania workers' compensation claim, your employer can require you to obtain treatment outside of working hours, if treatment is available outside of working hours. If treatment can only be received within working hours, you may be required to punch out, but you may have a claim for... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Medical Malpractice for Pennsylvania on
Q: Workmen comp case hurt at work ,have 4 bulging disc

Making me clock out for therapy. I live in Pennsylvania but work in New Jersey. On light duty but not really light duty. On a hour restriction but still seem to be working over 8 hours a day

Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt answered on Apr 18, 2021

For a Pennsylvania workers' compensation claim, your employer can require you to obtain treatment outside of working hours, if treatment is available outside of working hours. If treatment can only be received within working hours, you may be required to punch out, but you may have a claim... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Q: question: the workers compensation judge made a favorable decision for me. what should happen in my case now. are ther
Richard Alan Jaffe
Richard Alan Jaffe answered on Mar 25, 2021

I am assuming based on your question that you are already represented by an Attorney, therefor I believe this question should be posed to your Attorney who would be in the best position to answer same.

Good luck.

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2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Q: I was given a doctors note to be off work due to carpal tunnel caused by my job. It's been 20 days and I have not heard

from employers W.C. carrier? How long does the employer have to accept or deny my claim?

Richard Alan Jaffe
Richard Alan Jaffe answered on Oct 8, 2020

I am sorry to hear about your recent work injury.

Assuming you provided prompt Notice of your injury to your Supervisor or Employer their Workers Compensation Carrier has 21 days to either acknowledge or deny your Claim in accordance with Section 406.1(a) of the Act.

If it has now...
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2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can my employer withhold overtime work due to being on light duty for workers comp?

I drive a school bus in the morning and afternoon. Between my routes I am on light duty instead of doing strenuous work on a labor assignment. They won't let me work overtime driving a bus.

Glenn Neiman
Glenn Neiman answered on Oct 7, 2020

After you are released to return to work, following a work injury, your employer can elect to offer employment to you within your restrictions. If you continue to suffer a loss in wages due to your restrictions (such as no longer getting overtime work), then you should be receiving partial... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hello, I was attacked at work and got bitten, I’m a CNA. I want file for emotional distress/pain and suffering.

Is this possible I wanted to get advice on how to approach this

Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt answered on Jul 5, 2020

I am sorry to hear of your injury. Assuming this is a Pennsylvania case, your potential benefits would likely be confined to workers' compensation which would only cover related wage loss and related medical bills. If you suffered a psychological injury as a result of this attack, treatment... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Q: What do I do if a doctor says they cannot do anything for my work related back I jury
Richard Alan Jaffe
Richard Alan Jaffe answered on Jun 29, 2020

I am sorry to hear you are having problems with your back from a work-related injury.

Unfortunately, your question does not provide enough information for me to respond. If you are treating with your primary care physician and he is telling you this because he does not want to treat a...
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3 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Q: Workmans comp settlement severe tbi

for me?

we are currently in a workmans comp case severe tbi. They are trying to settle for 80.000 but he is still suffering and he did not receive the proper treatment due to the dr and scheduling and were advised by our current lawyer to remain with them. My problem is he is getting worse... Read more »

Richard Alan Jaffe
Richard Alan Jaffe answered on Apr 27, 2020

I am sorry to hear about the issues that you are having with your Claim for Workers Compensation Benefits, however, as it appears that you are represented by an Attorney these questions would best be posed of him or her as they would be in a much better position to address your concerns.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Q: If I feel unsafe working in these conditions although I’m an essential worker, am I eligible for unemployment?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 17, 2020

You would have an argument to make that you have a "necessitous and compelling reason." Much would depend on what "these conditions" are--are you near customers? Do you have a good facemask ? Do you have gloves? Do customers have hand sanitizer or gloves they are given? If you... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Social Security, Workers' Compensation and Health Care Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: If you come down with Prostate cancer can you get disability

need a lawyer from Pennsylvania pittsburgh area

Scott F Bocchio
Scott F Bocchio answered on Mar 27, 2020

Hi, it is possible. Much of the case depends on the actual prognosis and treatment plan going forward.

Scott Bocchio, Esq.

855-254-7841

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2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Q: I have an illness I believe was caused by dust at my workplace.

I told HR about illness. They said they would clean the dust and call their Dr and ask him if I needed an appointment. I told HR I wanted vacation because I felt so sick from the dust. HR never filled out an accident report, or sent me to Dr. I feel sick and want to visit my doctor. What should I... Read more »

Glenn Neiman
Glenn Neiman answered on Mar 26, 2020

You are asking for legal advice, and that is not something you will get on forum like this. We can only provide general legal information here. Legal advice is something specific to you case, given by an attorney who represents you.

Certainly, an exposure like this can be a work injury....
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7 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation, Employment Law and Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on
Q: Does liability insurance coverage, cover wage compensation or just medical?

I slipped and hit my head at my place of employment but was not on the clock. ER diagnosed me with a concussion and whiplash. I've been off work since Nov. 8th. My employer said her insurance doesnt cover missed wages.

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko answered on Dec 5, 2019

You should consult a worker's compensation lawyer to see if you have a worker's compensation claim even though you were not on the clock. Secondly, if you fell because of the employer's negligence, the employer's liability insurance would potentially be responsible for lost... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Q: I sustained an injury at work doing tasks outside normal scope of work. Company DR cleared me but I'm still in pain.

I was cleared full duty after one visit but what makes my injury hurt the most is sitting which is 90% of my job.

Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt answered on Nov 15, 2019

You should have received a list of doctors to pick from in regard to your treatment. If you did not receive this list, you are free to see a doctor of your own choosing. I would suggest that you contact a local workers' compensation lawyer to discuss the specifics of your case and the... Read more »

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