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Fact or Fiction: Important Information on Workers’ Compensation, Part Two

Wading through the waters of Workers’ Compensation can lead to a lot of confusion and misinformation. By understanding ahead of time what the common myths and the real truth behind them, workers can better advocate on their own behalf when it comes to filing for benefits. In the last post, we covered two myths and one truth, continuing with other common misconceptions below. Fiction: Technology Will Solve All Problems While technology has certainly helped the claim process and made it simpler, it won’t solve everything. The advances that have been made in recent years have worked wonders in making things…

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Fact or Fiction: Important Information on Workers’ Compensation, Part One

Understanding the system in the benefits being part of the workforce makes available shouldn’t require a law degree. There is a lot of misinformation about Workers’ Compensation benefits out there, which leads to many injured workers not filing for benefits when they should. By separating fact from fiction, it is much easier to navigate through the myths that surround Workers’ Compensation. Fiction: The Best Bet in Workers’ Compensation is Using Large Networks The price might be right, but large discount networks can be unsustainable. There has been a plateau, for the most part, in which these networks can control medical…

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Difference Between Scheduled and Unscheduled Permanent Work Injuries

When you get a permanent work injury on the job, the category the injury falls under is likely the last thing on your mind. However, understanding the key differences between scheduled and unscheduled work injuries can help you understand how to better apply for benefits and understand why you received or didn’t receive certain benefits. The two have one major component in common: they are both permanent injuries. However, there are very important key differences in the type of injury, as they each cover a different section of permanent injuries. Depending on the injury, permanent injuries can be full or…

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Who Chooses the Doctor When a Worker is Injured?

After an injury, most workers want to see their own doctor. However, this might pose a risk later when trying to receive Worker’s Compensation benefits. However, workers are not required to go to one specific doctor, even if one is specifically provided by the employer or Worker’s Compensation insurance carrier. In fact, an injured worker has the right for a least that contains a minimum of six different medical providers. With that in mind, once a list is provided, the insurer is only required to pay for treatment if one of the medical providers is chosen for the first 90…

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EEOC Pay Data Collection Paused by the Office of Management and Budget

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s collection of pay data has been paused by the Office of Management and Budget after recent expansions to the collection were deemed “unnecessarily burdensome.” The largest office in the White House had initiated a review and immediate stay of the EEOC’s collection of information regarding pay data on the reports, which are called EEO-1s. This would have required all businesses that employ more than 100 staffers to submit information on gender, race and ethnicity on their forms. The new report originally had a deadline of March 31, which was expected to cover around 60,000…

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What Every Pennsylvania Worker Should Know About Worker’s Compensation

Worker’s Compensation is a type of insurance coverage that helps financially and medically support injured workers that have been harmed on the job as they recover. The benefits aim to cover the daily life of workers while they take on the healing process to rejoin the work force. However, too few workers in Pennsylvania are aware of the potential coverage and how the benefits work. How are the Claims Handled in Pennsylvania? There are two separate laws that govern and regulate Worker’s Compensation claims in the state of Pennsylvania: the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act and the Occupational Disease Act. The…

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What are the Six Types of Worker’s Compensation in Pennsylvania, Part Two

Forging a new claim under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act can be daunting. The beginning stages can be tough and can determine how smoothly your recovery will go. In the last blog post, we explored half of the six types of Worker’s Compensation and how they work to aid workers in their recovery process after a work-related injury. In this post, we will look at the other three types of Worker’s Compensation in Pennsylvania and what can be covered by insurance after a work injury. Medical Expenses Any medical care that is necessary for recovery and is deemed reasonable and…

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What are the Six Types of Worker’s Compensation in Pennsylvania, Part One

Originally passed in 1915, the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act was set forth as a state-wide insurance system on a no-fault basis aimed to provide injured workers with benefits, lost wages and medical coverage. The intent of the Act is not to replace all wages for the worker but to give a percentage of wages to help aid recovery after a work-related injury. The Act also does not cover non-economic damages. This means if pain and suffering come as a result of injury, the worker will have to pursue those damages separately. Depending on the injury, workers will be eligible for…

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Construction Site Accident Compensation in Pennsylvania

Construction sites have one of the biggest risks for injury out of workplaces. Between the high heights and heavy machinery, the workers on site put themselves in danger consistently throughout their day. Without proper training, injury is nearly inevitable. Even with the right training and precautions, injuries still happen, making construction sites one of the top workplaces for Workers’ Compensation and negligence claims. When accidents do occur, Pennsylvania law is on the side of the worker and supports their recovery. Construction site accident claims are handled like any work injury in the state. What is a Work Injury? A work…

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Understanding Mental Injuries Claims in Pennsylvania

While many are familiar with the idea of pain and suffering as it results from other injuries and incidents, few are aware that mental injuries themselves can be compensable. Mental injury claims often come from workplace stressors and are on the rise as claims. For employers, this raises a lot of issues and creates a lot of headaches, especially in their HR departments. It is much more difficult to successfully claim one of these cases, and the issue brings up a lot of questions for both employees and employers. Understanding the link between stress in the workplace and the mental…

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