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Peter Joseph Gough

Workers compensation Attorney at Greensburg, PA

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  • Licensed for 33 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1990
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Peter

Learn Peter’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Workers compensation
    Protecting the rights of injured workers since 1990

    34 years

  2. Administrative law
    Heart and Lung and Act 534/632 benefits

    17 years

  3. Litigation

    34 years

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.

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Quatrini Rafferty PC
550 E Pittsburgh St
Greensburg, PA, 15601
Quatrini Rafferty PC
816 Ligonier Street
Latrobe, PA, 15650
Quatrini Rafferty PC
941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15222
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Posted by Barb | October 30, 2014
Tough with compassion
Atty. Gough is a top lawyer, he tells you how it is whether that is good or bad but he does it with a lot of compassion. I have never met a lawyer quite like him. He puts his all into everything he does, you can tell he believes in the work he does and fights as hard as he can for his case went on for years. I don't think I would have gotten through it with any other attorney. When I got down about things he picked me up and made me stronger. With all the things that I had to worry about, the one thing I knew I could count on was Attorney Gough.I trusted him so much and respected his intelligence that when I needed an attorney for Social Security I went with the firm he belongs too. I will say it again I never met a tougher more compassionate and trustworthy person like attorney Peter Gough
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Posted by mike | October 28, 2014
peter gough an honest attorney and man
When my work Injury continued to worsen I was terrified at what was going to happen to me and my family.I always took care of myself and my own problems but this was way beyond my soon as I sat down with peter I knew by his demeanor that this was a man who would be there for us and he was,explained every process and it sure relieved me to know I had someone on my side that has been there and done that.he,s an incredible litigated and first class man to boot.try finding that in this day and age.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Quatrini Rafferty
  • 2002 - Present


  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 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.


  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Workers' Compensation Specialist
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • 2014
  • Certified Workers' Compensation Specialist
  • Supreme Court of Pa
  • 2013


  • 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
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Speaking Engagements

  • The Legal Checkup
  • Workers' Compensation/Heart & Lung
  • 2013
  • Workers' Compensation Practice and Procedure
  • Workers' Compensation
  • 2011
  • Annual Fall Section Meeting
  • Workers' Compensation
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (9)
Endorse Peter
Workers compensation Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When I refer my worker's compensation matters to Pete, I am completely confident that they are in good hands. He is skillful, knowledgable and diligent attorney, committed to his clients and the legal profession. Workers Compensation law is a complex and multi-faceted area of practice, and Pete has mastered all aspects of maximizing the benefits available to his clients. I wouldn't send my clients anywhere else."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Peter is an excellent workers' compensation attorney. I would not hesitate to refer clients to his firm."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Pete is dedicated to his clients and will work hard to get them results. He is also well respected in the legal community. I would highly recommend Pete."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Peter is a tenacious workers compensation attorney that flat out gets results for his clients."
Workers compensation Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Peter is a well respected lawyer in the legal community and dedicated to his clients and the profession."
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Greensburg Workers compensation Lawyer Peter Joseph Gough
Peter Joseph Gough
Workers compensation Attorney
Greensburg, PA
Licensed for 33 years