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  • Can I quit my current job while being on lite duty on workers comp?

    I'm on workers comp in Pa, my company moved me to a plant 30 mins away from my home (I'm usually at the one 10 mins away from home) because I'm still on lite duty. I don't like the drive at all and they changed my hours. My question is can i quit ...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    You are always allowed to quit your job and look for another one. The problem is that quitting a light duty job can have a serious impact on your right under Workers' Compensation law. Also, it can be very difficult to find a new job that will comply with your doctor's restrictions. I strongly recomend that you seek a free consultation with an experienced Workers' Compensation attorney who can review the details of your case and guide you.

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  • Can a lawyer refuse to settle ?

    Was hurt on the job. Starting receiving Workers Comp. TTD payments. Had major surgery, started P.T. for three months. Injury healed successfully. Informed adjuster of plan to settle by appointed lawyer. It has been two weeks. Was told that adjuste...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    Settlement is entirely volunteer on the part of the parties. The insurance company is not required to settle. You should discuss this with your attorney.

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  • Workers comp payment information

    I got injured at work on July 8th 2015, for 90 days I got paid $280 each week after that I only get paid $197 , when I would work I would earn each week $450- $500 , am I being payed what I'm supposed to get ? My injured was falling and hitting my...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    There is not enough information to determine whether you are being paid the correct rate. The best source of information would be your weekly pay stubs for the year leading up to the work accident. Your attorney should know how to calculate your compensation rate. If (s)he does not, time for a new one. If you do not have an attorney, I strongly suggest you speak to one promptly to ensure that you are being paid correctly and to ensure that your injuries are all properly covered. Protect your rights with a free consultation.

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  • What should I do? I have had no surgery yet, and same symptoms. Already had treatment scheduled, but had to now switch doctors.

    Modified piece of equipment in machine. I am a maintenance mechanic, went to pull the modified piece out, it was jammed, gave myself an Umbilical Hernia at work. Told supervisor immediately, sent me to Mid-State Occupational Health for eval, diagn...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    You need to consult with an experienced Workers' Compensation attorney as soon as possible. There is not enough information here to give you good guidance, but you clearly need it!

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  • I got the decision against my boss from WCJ he appealed just got the new decision. It says the order is hereby VACATED and the

    I got the decision against my boss from WCJ he appealed just got the new decision. It says the order is hereby VACATED and the matter is REMANDED for a new determination containing all necessary findings of fact and conclusion of law. What doe...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    You really should be asking your attorney this question. The general answer is that the WCJ needs to render a new, detailed Decision fully explaining the basis for his or her findings.

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  • My question is can we sue his company after the workmens comp. is settled for the health problems caused due to the stress, pain

    My husband is on workmens comp. and his company has caused us so many problems from money problems because our checks don't come or when they do they are late, to my health because of all the stress and had to be put in the hospital. We have ove...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    As you have already been advised, you cannot sue his Employer for anything other than Workers' Compensation. However, if you have an experienced attorney, (s)he should be able to help minimize future disruptions in pay and may be able to obtain penalties for you.

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  • Does mental injury due to M.V.A benefits Workers' Compensation case besides head and physical injury?

    I was injured in M.V.A; I suffer head and back injury and diagnosed with PTSD and depression.

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    Mental injuries can be covered so long as your treating psychiatrist or psychologist supports the claim. Each case is assessed on its own facts. You need to consult with an experienced Workers' Compensation attorney as soon as possible.

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  • Do I need to get second surgery done if its not guaranteed to work without losing my benefits

    Under pa workers comp

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    This is not a yes or no question. Some of the factors that are weighed in this determination include the likelihood of success of the treatment and the risk inherent with the treatment. You really should discuss this personally with an experienced Workers' Compensation attorney who can help you accurately assess you options and the related risks.

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  • Will 20% be deducted from every single one of my workers comp checks going forward? (bi weekly)

    Attorney defeated a petition to terminate worker comp benefits and is now attaching a 20% fee automatically deducted from my bi weekly check. I ask because this will mean a pretty significant amount of money deducted from my check every 2 weeks; ...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    This is pretty standard. I am always very careful to explain this to my clients up front, but I still find that some of them have the same misconception that you did. The reality is that your attorney risked a substantial amount of his/her money and time to defend your rights and has earned the fee. WIthout their help, you likely would have nothing coming in at all.

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  • What happens during a first mediation hearing for a filed petition for termination of benefits? Mainly do I have to testify?

    upcoming workers comp hearing regarding termination of benefits.

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    You are mixing terms together; further, each Judge has different procedures, so there is not enough info here to give you a solid answer. You should direct this question to your attorney, if you have one. If you do not, you should seek a free initial consultation from an experienced Workers' Compensation attorney asap.

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