201511.04
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The Basics of Occupational Disease

Occupational diseases are a type of work injury that entitle you to compensation under both the Workers’ Compensation Act, and the Occupational Disease Act in Pennsylvania. For the majority of injuries that entitle workers to compensation covered by the Workers’ Compensation Act such as a back injury, broken bones, crush injuries or a repetitive stress…

201509.29
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How long can my workers’ compensation benefits continue?

There has been a very recent Commonwealth Court case of Mary Ann Protz vs. W.C.A.B. (Derry Area School District), No. 1024 CD 2014 (filed 9/18/15) where our Commonwealth Court has determined that a test called an Impairment Rating Evaluation (IRE) is unconstitutional. What this means is for the time being, the existing 500 week (9.61…

201411.12
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My workers’ compensation benefits and relationship to Social Security Benefits

Many people often ask can I receive my workers’ compensation wage loss benefits and also receive Social Security Benefits? To begin to explain this, one must understand the general framework of Social Security Benefits. The first step is to distinguish between Social Security Disability Benefits (SSD) and Social Security Retirement Benefits (SSR). The scope of…