Peter J. Gough is an associate at QuatriniRafferty and concentrates his practice in the area of workers’ compensation, Heart and Lung and Act 534/632 benefits. He exclusively represents injured workers. Peter is one of only 149 attorneys who successfully passed the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania certification test, making him a certified specialist of workers’ compensation law.
Born in Brooklyn New York and a graduate of The University of Buffalo, Peter J. Gough came to the Pittsburgh area to achieve his J.D. from Duquesne Law School. He fell in love with Western Pennsylvania and has been practicing civil litigation and workers’ compensation here since 1990.
Peter has written and lectured on workers’ compensation throughout Pennsylvania for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and The Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and was a frequent guest speaker on The Legal Checkup 1480 WCNS AM Radio. A member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Westmoreland Bar Association, Allegheny Bar Association, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and American Inns of Court, Peter is admitted to practice before the courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Within two years of being admitted to the bar, Peter tackled the then newly developing area of psychological injuries in the work place. He successfully convinced the Commonwealth Court that if a work-related psychological disability is associated with physical injury, the injured worker need only prove the basic requirements of a workers’ compensation claim; that the injury arose out of and was related to the employment. He successfully argued that a heightened burden of proof does not apply, making it easier for workers who sustain injuries such as post traumatic stress disorder to receive their deserved benefits. Bell v. WCAB (Allegheny County Housing Department), 620 A.2d 589 (1993).
More recently in the case of HCR ManorCare v. WCAB (Bollman), 951 A.2d 1242 (2008) the Commonwealth Court agreed with Peter’s arguments that a medical provider’s failure to provide medical records as part of procedure to determine if the treatment is reasonable and necessary does not necessarily relieve the insurance company from paying the bills. The Court adapted Peter’s position that the Judge has jurisdiction to determine if the proper procedures were followed and if not, why they were not. The Court also agreed that the Judge has the authority to order a whole new procedure. This important decision saved many injured workers from getting stuck with medical bills caused by their work injuries.
Peter now lives in Penn Township and can frequently be seen hiking the trails of Western Pennsylvania with his beautiful daughter and their dog. Peter’s other passions include music, running, skiing and mountain biking.
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Certified Workers' Compensation Specialist||Supreme Court of Pennsylvania||2014|
|Certified Workers' Compensation Specialist||Supreme Court of Pa||2013|
|Attorney||Quatrini Rafferty||2002 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Westmoreland County Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Law Section||1991 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||1990 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1991 - 2011|
|Allegheny County Bar Association||Member||1990 - 2011|
|QR Legal Update||DID YOU KNOW?||2012|
|The Legal Checkup||Removed from the Work force||2010|
|The Legal Checkup||Reinstating Workers' Compensation Benefits||2009|
|The Legal Checkup||The Truth about Panel Physicians||2008|
|The Legal Checkup||Chronic Pain||2007|
|The Legal Checkup||Calculation of Benefits||2005|
|The Legal Checkup||Retirement and Workers' Compensation||2004|
|The Legal Checkup||Layoffs and Workers' Compensation||2004|
|The Legal Checkup||Workers' Compensation Procedure||2003|
|Duquesne University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1990|
|State University of New York at Buffalo||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1984|
|The Legal Checkup||Workers' Compensation/Heart & Lung||2013|
|Workers' Compensation Practice and Procedure||Workers' Compensation||2011|
|Annual Fall Section Meeting||Workers' Compensation||2008|
|HCR ManorCare v WCAB (Bollman)||Commmonwealth Court found in favor of injured worker|
|Bell v WCAB (Allegheny County)||Outcome in favor of Injured Worker. Heightened burden of proof does not apply.|
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