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  • Can i seek compensation for being infected by scabies.

    I work as a housekeeping manager at a skilled nursing home. My company is contracted to clean the facility. First off we are not supposed to clean body fluids. We also dont get insurance from our company. There were a few confirmed cases of scabie...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    You may have both a Workers' Compensation case against your employer and potentially a third party case against the facility. You need to obtain a consultation with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.

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  • Can you cash in an IRA while on Worker's Comp in Pennsylvania?

    I'm back on Worker's Comp after being laid off. Part of my retirement savings was rolled over to an IRA after lay off. Will cashing in this IRA have ramifications on my Worker's Comp or potential settlement?

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    Most likely it will not, but it could. Important questions are whether any of the money in your retirement savings was contributed by the Employer. If so, there may be an offset. Also, you need to be careful about how you complete the paperwork to ensure that it does not appear that you are voluntarily removing yourself form the work force. You should consult with an experienced Workers' Compensation attorney before doing anything.

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  • In Pa, when should my diagnosis be updated on a compensation payable workers comp claim?

    I am still within my 90 days until 9/1. The orthopedic stated I was misdiagnosed and has his diagnosis. I am now scheduled for an IME. I asked my adjuster if she will be correcting the diagnosis with the bureau and she stated not until after she g...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    You should hire an experienced Workers' Compensation attorney who can learn all of the details of your case and advise you of the best way to proceed. It may be important to file soon. Do not delay in obtaining a consultation.

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  • Am I covered by worker's comp, re-injured by physical therapist

    I had slap repair surgery done 4 months ago through workers comp. Last week during therapy I felt a sharp pain in my shoulder. My pre op symptoms have come back and the surgeon wants me to get an mri to see if I've torn the labrum again. If the di...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    Yes, an injury that occurs during medical treating for an accepted injury should be covered. However, there may be a fight. You should obtain an attorney. The initial consultation should be free.

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  • Can my employer require me to Clean for my entire shift as a reasonable accomodation?

    I am a cashier at a store who suffered a workplace injury. My employer accomodated my restrictions and has made me come in and clean my entire shifts. This store is so dirty tge weekly cleaning has not ever been done and now I have to do it. I got...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    The employer usually (but not always) has broad latitude to crease modified duty. Each case is fact specific, so I highly recommend that you seek a free initial consultation with an experienced Workers' Compensation attorney who can guide you.

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  • Should my medical restrictions be laid out for all employees to see?

    I had to fill out medical accomodations form for a workers comp injury so, I can do light duty. I came in to work the next day and it was all laid out on the desk for everyone to read. I think this is person al information and only my manager sh...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    You are correct. That is personal medical information that is protected under HIPPA and should be kept confidential.

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  • How many hours should I be working, if I was hurt at work and assigned to light duty through workers compensation?

    I have only been getting about 10 hours a week on light duty at work. I'm on light duty for atleast 3 more weeks. The papers filled out and doctors are all through workers compensation.

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    The Employer generally has broad discretion in how many hours are offered. Generally, Workers' Compensation must make up the difference in lost pay. If that is not happening, you should seek a consultation with an experienced Workers' Compensation attorney.

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  • Is it fair for an employer to be difficult after I returned back to light duty after a work injury?

    I previously went back light duty 7 to 11. Was not put on schedule until I was told by comp I was due on that same day. Never was I notified. I work a second job around my job I had injury from. Schedules are done on Monday for the next week I was...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    Your employer may be allowed to change your hours to suit them. It depends in part on what your agreement/understanding was when you were hired and whether there are any written employment agreements. You should seek a consultation with an experienced Workers' Compensation attorney as soon as possible.

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  • In pennsylvania do I have to return to work for light duty without receiving a notice of ability to return to work form?

    I was told a notice of ability to return to work must be issued before going back to work light duty after a work injury?

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    Your question is not as simple as you might think. Only someone who knows the specific facts of your case can really give you good guidance, so you should seek a consultation with an Workers' Compensation attorney. Even if you don't "have" to return to work, it may be in your best interest. Get a consultation.

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  • Do I have a case or should I pursue this issue?

    I work for local government and was on my way to a meeting with my boss; we were walking to the meeting since it's just down the street. While walking, my left foot got hung up on an uneven piece of the sidewalk and I tripped and strained my left...

    Geoffrey’s Answer

    You definitely should pursue this matter. It is too soon to know hoe seriously you are injured. You should seek medical care and a consultation with an experienced Workers' Compensation attorney.

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