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Do Workers' Comp Benefits Apply When Employees WFH (Work From Home)?

The impacts of COVID are undeniable. Chief among them has been the proliferation of a WFH (Work From Home) workforce. Gallup reported that 43% of employees work from home at least some time. Businesses and employees have had to adapt to that new reality. One of the questions that arises is whether or not workers' […]

Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Benefits FAQs for 2021

Understanding Workers Compensation If you sustain a job injury or a work-related illness, the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act provides for your medical expenses and, in the event that you are unable to work, wage-loss compensation benefits until you're able to go back to work. This can be a difficult, scary, and confusing process for anyone. […]

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Does Workers’ Comp Cover Coronavirus?

If you contract COVID-19 at work, you may have a compensable Pennsylvania workers’ comp (WC) claim. However, it might not be the easiest route to financial relief. This blog touches on the process, proofs, and pecuniary benefits of pursuing a workers comp claim. First Things First If you believe you’ve contracted COVID-19 at work, the […]

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Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Have you suffered a wage loss as a result of accident or work injury? Our workers comp lawyers here at our Doylestown and Norristown law offices work together to coordinate a strategy to file for a compensation claim and maximize any disability benefits available to someone who has  suffered a sudden or unexpected loss of […]

Has Chen Changed the Face of Subrogation in Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Matters?

November 7, 2017 By Thomas E. Panzer The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act allows an employer and its workers’ compensation insurance carrier to subrogate to a third-party recovery. In other words, where an employee is injured while in the course and scope of employment, and the injury is due to the negligence of a third party, […]

FAQs for Employers on Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Benefits

October 25, 2017 By Thomas E. Panzer Based upon the Pennsylvania Statewide Average Weekly Wage, the maximum compensation payable under the Workers' Compensation Act, is $995 per week for injuries occurring on and after Jan. 1, 2017. As an employer, you have the responsibility to provide workers’ compensation coverage to your employees. You also have […]

Workers’ Compensation in PA: Who Has Control Over the Work

October 11, 2017 By Thomas E. Panzer There is no bright line rule to determine the existence of an employer-employee relationship under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act; however, the Pennsylvania Courts have created guidelines and have established certain factors to take into consideration in answering the question. The primary factor in determining whether a particular […]

Differences Between Employees and Independent Contractors for Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation

October 4, 2017 By Thomas E. Panzer Any claimant who has filed a Claim Petition for Workers’ Compensation benefits bears the burden of establishing all of the elements necessary to support the award of benefits. In order to establish the right to workers’ compensation, the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act requires an employment relationship, during which […]

Subrogation: The Lien is Absolute (or Is It…)

November 17, 2016 By Thomas E. Panzer Employers and their Workers’ Compensation Insurance Carriers (“Employer”) need to be aware that the Employer’s right to subrogate to a Claimant’s third party action is under attack. Section 319 of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act provides the statutory authority for the Employer to subrogate to a third party […]

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Independent Contractor Doctrine Affirmed

August 5, 2016 By: Thomas E. Panzer The High Swartz workers’ compensation defense group recently earned a favorable ruling from the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court.  In the matter of, Edwards v Epicure Home Care, Inc. (Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board), 134 A3d 1156, Pa. Cmwlth Ct 2016, the Commonwealth Court affirmed our client’s use of independent contractors […]