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Workers’ Compensation and Traveling to Work

June 9, 2016


Every day, hard-working truck drivers, contractors, traveling nurses, and many other occupations take to Pennsylvania’s streets and highways to serve the public. A vast majority of these workers come home...

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What to Expect in the Workers’ Compensation Process: The Deposition

May 5, 2016


Getting injured on the job is unfamiliar territory for most workers. Injured workers typically have a number of questions about the process. This article deals with the deposition, a routine...

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What to expect during your Workers’ Compensation Case – An Infographic

April 22, 2016


If you’re injured on the job and file a workers’ compensation claim, what happens next? Knowing the facts can help put your mind at ease. Even more important, there’s a list...

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Workers’ Compensation Practice & Procedure 2016

April 19, 2016


Martin Law has built a long-standing reputation by helping thousands of injured Pennsylvania workers receive the compensation they deserve. The firm represents a combined level of knowledge and experience unparalleled...

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Appealing a Social Security Disability Denial

April 5, 2016


A Social Security disability lawyer can help you appeal the wrongful denial of your application for disability benefits. Initial denials are common; therefore you should not be discouraged. If you...

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Is An Opt-Out Workers’ Compensation System Possible in Pennsylvania?

March 29, 2016


Recently, a study reported that more than a dozen large companies in Texas have decided to opt-out of the state system for workers’ compensation coverage for their employees, and the...

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Key Differences Between Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disability Benefits

March 23, 2016


There are two Social Security disability programs: Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  It is common for people to use the names or abbreviations of these programs...

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Why You Need a Social Security Disability Lawyer

March 15, 2016


A Social Security disability lawyer protects your rights and can guide you through a long and frustrating process.  Please understand that the Social Security Administration will not do you any...

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An Overview of the Social Security Disability Process

March 8, 2016


The Social Security disability process can be long and difficult. However, you can hire an attorney from square one to help you file an application and guide you through each...

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Federal and State Workers’ Compensation: Distinctly Different

February 16, 2016


Have you or someone you know been injured at work? If so, the results can be devastating. Not only are you faced with mounting medical bills, but also, the loss...

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Vote No on House Bill 1800 – Keep The Best Care For Your Work Injury

February 5, 2016


Your workers’ compensation rights are under attack! The Pennsylvania Legislature will be conducting hearings on House Bill 1800 that would eliminate your doctor’s right to provide the best care for...

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Work Safety Tips from Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

January 25, 2016


The attorneys at Martin Law stand ready and able to help injured Pennsylvania workers. But the truth is, we would rather not EVER see anyone get hurt. For this reason,...

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What are OSHA’s ladder safety rules?

November 17, 2015


Like many people in Pennsylvania, the regular use of a ladder may be part of your normal experiences at your job. Even if you use ladders every day and are...

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What should I know about Social Security Disability denials?

November 13, 2015


When people apply for Social Security Disability, they are sometimes disheartened to learn that they have been denied. Those applicants can opt to appeal the decision, which might result in...

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Man’s widow still awaiting workers’ compensation payments

November 12, 2015


In any employment situation, both the employee and the employer have obligations to each other. One obligation that Pennsylvania employees and their family members should be able to count on...

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Social Security Disability positively impacted by budget deal

November 4, 2015


People who rely on Social Security Disability and those who are trying to get approved for benefits have probably been watching the news closely to see if there is any...

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Understanding asbestos-related illnesses

November 3, 2015


Most Minnesota residents have likely heard of asbestos but may not necessarily know really what it is. Commonly utilized in several construction, automotive or industrial applications over a long period...

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A look at construction’s fatal four

October 27, 2015


For construction workers in Pennsylvania, safety risks are everywhere. Injuries can happen from a ladder fall, a scaffolding fall, a machinery accident or something else. The level of danger associated...

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Disability claims require evidence that you can’t do activities


Qualifying for Supplemental Security Income is the first step in a process for living the life you deserve when you have a disability and haven't been able to meet the...

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Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income eligibility

October 26, 2015


When you apply for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income in Pennsylvania, you might also be eligible for Medicaid coverage. Pennsylvania is one of the states that has an...

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Employee killed when truck backs into pole

October 23, 2015


Pennsylvania employees in any line of work should be mindful of safety protocol and potential hazards. People who work in more dangerous jobs or around heavy equipment including trucks have...

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When A Workplace Injury Is A Matter Of Life And Death

October 21, 2015


All workers' compensation claims are important. The majority involve situations where an injury has resulted in a temporary disability or may require a change in profession to enable an injured...

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Disability onset date is an important determination

October 20, 2015


People filing for Social Security disability often come across the term "disability onset date." This date is included on some of the forms and letters that you will get once...

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Is Your Employer Really Looking Out For You After Your Injury?

October 16, 2015


When a worker is injured on-the-job, notifying his or her employer is an important part of the process for filing a claim for workers' compensation benefits. So, the process is...

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How do SSDI and SSI differ?

October 14, 2015


If you become disabled to the point that you cannot work, you will want to understand your options for obtaining income. This can happen due to a work-related injury, workplace...

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Construction worker dies in collapsed trench

October 9, 2015


People who work in the construction industry in Pennsylvania know that there are many inherent dangers on their job sites. Many a construction site accident has taken place that involves...

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How can I make applying for disability less stressful?


Applying for Social Security programs can be a very stressful experience. While there isn't a way to completely remove the stress from the process, it might be possible to reduce...

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Don’t let uncertainty stop you from filing for disability

October 2, 2015


A lot of thoughts go through a person's mind when he or she is injured and becomes unable to work. Worrying about how to pay the bills and how to...

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What OSHA requires for scaffolding safety

October 1, 2015


If you are among the many Pennsylvania residents who work in construction jobs or other roles that routinely feature the use of scaffolding, you know that that you face serious...

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Understanding illnesses in the workplace

September 22, 2015


Pennsylvania residents know that the government maintains regulations for on-the-job safety. While certainly guarding against a work-related accident is important, these regulations are also designed to help prevent or lower...

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Federal benefits are only received by some qualifying children

September 15, 2015


Children with certain mental health conditions who have a family situation that meets specific criteria can qualify for Supplemental Security Income and other federal benefits. A study that has been...

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Social Security Disability truths and myths

September 6, 2015


People who are unable to support themselves because of a long-term medical condition might opt to seek Social Security Disability if they have a work history. There are a lot...

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Numerous conditions can qualify for Social Security Disability

September 4, 2015


The Social Security Blue Book lists the conditions that might qualify an adult for Social Security Disability. This list is updated periodically with new conditions. The listings are divided into...

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Can the Workers’ Compensation Bureau Conduct Surveillance?


  When you apply for workers' compensation, you need to accurately report your injuries and provide documentation as requested. The Workers' Compensation Bureau (WCB), rightfully, wants to be sure that...

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What are Social Security work credits?

September 1, 2015


We have covered a variety of aspects regarding filing for Social Security Disability. We have previously discussed the fact that you have to have a qualifying disability. You also have...

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Can I Get Workers’ Comp Benefits If I Have A Pre-Existing Condition?

August 31, 2015


  One of the top questions that we are asked is "does a pre-existing condition prevent me from getting workers' compensation benefits?" The Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act specifically addresses this...

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Learn About Social Security Benefits

August 30, 2015


Having to apply for benefits through the Social Security Agency is something that many people hope they will never have to do. If the time comes when you need to...

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I Was Offered A Light Duty Job. Should I Take It?

August 28, 2015


When you've suffered a work injury and are unable to perform your regular duties, you may eventually be offered to chance to return to work and perform a light duty...

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Can My Attorney Loan Me Money While I Wait For A Workers’ Comp Settlement?

August 26, 2015


The time between suffering a work injury and receiving workers' comp benefits can be difficult, especially from a financial standpoint. Your paycheck stops coming in because you aren't working, but...

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What should I know about Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

August 23, 2015


Many people realize that Supplemental Security Income provides people who meet certain criteria with a monthly income. SSI is only for people who have limited resources and little to no...

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More FAQ Videos – Get The Answers You Need!

August 22, 2015


We recently added some new workers' compensation FAQs to our YouTube channel. Check out the workers' compensation video playlist for answers to questions such as: Can my attorney loan me...

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Martin Law Helps Clarify Independent Contractor Law In Pennsylvania

August 21, 2015


[caption id="attachment_1270" align="alignnone" width="300"] judge hammer and worker helmet[/caption] In Pennsylvania, employees can receive workers' compensation benefits, while independent contractors typically cannot. While this seems like a straightforward issue, in...

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Internal controls fail to prevent Social Security overpayments

August 15, 2015


Recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance have probably been following the news closely since it was announced that the SSDI trust fund will likely go broke by late 2016. In...

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Seeking financial assistance after a cancer diagnosis

August 13, 2015


When you learn that you have cancer, uncertainty is one of the ruling factors in your life. You might wonder how you are going to make ends meet if you...

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Know which Social Security program is right for your situation

August 3, 2015


Applying for Social Security benefits can be a real challenge. Just trying to wade through the eligibility qualifications for Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability can be frustrating. Many...

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When will I get paid for my workers’ comp claim?

July 31, 2015


Questions about the details and timing of the workers' comp process are extremely popular - and for a good reason! If you've been hurt at work, you want to know...

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Which children qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

July 24, 2015


We have previously discussed how Social Security Administration programs can benefit children. One of the programs that can help some children is the Supplemental Security Income program. This program is...

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Should I settle my workers’ comp claim? How do I settle?

July 22, 2015


As a leading workers' compensation firm in Pennsylvania, we receive a wide range of questions related to workers' comp settlements. Why are there so many questions about settlements? The answer:...

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I’m an independent contractor, can I file a Workers’ Compensation claim?

July 20, 2015


If you've been hurt in the workplace and told that you cannot get workers' compensation benefits because you are an independent contractor, there is an important question you must ask:...

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Safety Tip: Remove Rings To Avoid Serious Injury

July 16, 2015


How are workers' compensation and Jimmy Fallon (star of the Tonight Show) related? They are linked by an injury known as a ring avulsion. Recently, Mr. Fallon suffered this serious...

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Social Security Administration programs that aid children


The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 went into effect 25 years ago. The ADA is an important tool that can help people with disabilities to get the accommodations they...

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Supplemental Security Income payments and incarceration

July 12, 2015


After fighting to get Supplemental Security Income (SSI), most people don't want to have to go through the process another time. For some recipients, though, being incarcerated means they will...

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When Should I Report My Workers’ Comp Claim?

July 11, 2015


Are you wondering when you need to tell your employer about your workplace-related injury or illness? Do you have questions about what timeframe you must follow in order to receive...

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Social Security Disability benefits may take years to receive

July 10, 2015


When you get injured or find out that you are disabled, there are a lot of thoughts that go through your mind. If you are unable to work because of...

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New Videos Answer Your Workers’ Comp And SSD Questions

July 2, 2015


At Martin Law, we are dedicated to helping injured and disabled people get the answers and compensation they need. As a part of that commitment, we have put together some...

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Preparing your appeal for Social Security benefit denial

June 19, 2015


Applying for Social Security is something that is a lifeline for some people. When you are disabled or unable to work, getting a monthly check can help you meet your...

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Protecting Both Individuals AND The Environment

June 11, 2015


Our clients and many people throughout Pennsylvania know firm founder George Martin as an advocate for injured and disabled individuals, but did you know that he is also an avid...

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Online appeal process for Social Security has been streamlined

June 9, 2015


People who have applied for Social Security and have been denied have been complaining about the online appeal process. The Social Security Administration has responded to those complaints. People who...

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Industrial Chemical Linked To Parkinson’s Disease

June 5, 2015


This post originally appeared on our blog in November 2012. We are featuring it here as a part of our ongoing look at the dangers of chemical exposure and toxic...

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Social Security Disability applications for spinal cord injuries

June 4, 2015


Suffering a serious injury is something that can affect you in ways you might not have considered. In the case of a spinal cord injury, you might find that you...

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OSHA and Chemical Exposure – A Work In Progress

May 26, 2015


As a part of our ongoing series that looks at the dangers of chemical exposure in the workplace, this post examines how OSHA has handled this important issue. In a...

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“Chemical exposure – even for a short time – can have devastating effects”

May 22, 2015


[caption id="attachment_1290" align="alignnone" width="300"] Several barrels of toxic[/caption] As we've discussed in previous posts, chemical exposure in the workplace can lead to life-altering conditions - and might even prove fatal....

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Martin Lawyers Named to Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

May 18, 2015


  We are pleased to announce that once again, Martin Law has eight lawyers who have been named to the 2015 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Martin Law attorneys...

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Several medical conditions might qualify for disability benefits

May 14, 2015


When you are considering applying for Social Security Disability Insurance, there are several factors for you to consider. As we discussed last week, certain illnesses like cancer can often meet...

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Chemical Exposure: An Ongoing Crisis

May 8, 2015


In the past, we've blogged about the harm that chemical exposure can pose to workers and other individuals. Two recent CBS Philly stories have highlighted the ever-present danger of chemical...

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Can you get disability support for cancer?

May 7, 2015


When you think of a disability, do you often think of only injuries? For instance, the first thing many people consider is paralysis. If you're in an accident or injured...

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Social Security numbers to be removed from benefit cards

April 30, 2015


The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 made an important change for Medicare recipients. In Section 501, the removal of Social Security numbers on Medicare cards is mandated....

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Even Tough Guys Get Hurt – Construction Workers Need to Report Injuries

April 27, 2015


[caption id="attachment_1344" align="alignnone" width="300"] Hard Hat Signs[/caption] Every major city, including Philadelphia, is marked on nearly every block by some form of large construction or renovation project. Outside of major...

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Three construction workers injured in King of Prussia mall accident

April 24, 2015


Three construction workers were hospitalized recently when a live electrical cable was cut during an expansion project at a King of Prussia mall. One of the workers was listed in...

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Earth Day: The George and Miriam Martin Foundation

April 22, 2015


Happy Earth Day! Did you know that George Martin is an environmentalist at heart? Pictured below are Martin Law attorneys at Sanibel Island in November 2014 visiting the Walkway into...

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Change in social security law could reduce auxiliary benefits

April 17, 2015


For some individuals, social security disability income is a life-long support base, but what happens to those benefits when you hit retirement age? For most people, the benefits automatically convert...

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What About Workers’ Comp In Pennsylvania?

April 13, 2015


At a time when more than 60 percent of states have decreased workers' compensation benefits or made it harder to obtain such benefits, Pennsylvania has remained constant and protected the...

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In SSI, who decides if I am disabled or blind?

April 10, 2015


Supplemental Security Income, often abbreviated as SSI, is a form of governmental financial assistance available to Americans who meet certain criteria. An application for SSI is carefully examined to ensure...

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FAQ: ARE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BENEFITS TAXABLE?

April 9, 2015


[caption id="attachment_1322" align="alignnone" width="300"] Tax Time Sticky Note[/caption] With tax filing deadlines quickly approaching, Martin Law has received many inquiries asking if workers' compensation benefits are taxable. Is it different...

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The Human Cost Of Workers’ Comp Reform

March 30, 2015


Earlier this month, we looked at two articles in ProPublica's and NPR's ongoing series about the dismantling of workers' compensation in the United States. As advocates for injured workers, including...

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Applying for Supplemental Security Income through prerelease

March 26, 2015


As we discussed last week, people who are incarcerated can use a prerelease procedure to apply for Supplemental Security Income before they are released from prison. This prerelease procedure is...

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Incarceration and Social Security disability programs

March 19, 2015


For people who receive benefits from a Social Security program, being charged with a crime often makes them think about what will happen to their benefits if they end up...

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The Safe Guys

March 16, 2015


"The lawyers at Martin Law love their work, helping protect the rights of injured and disabled workers..." So begins the newest entry in our Safe Guys series of videos. The...

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Workers’ Compensation Under Fire

March 5, 2015


When you are injured, workers' compensation is supposed to be there to protect you and help you provide for your family. But who protects our workers' compensation system? In the...

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SSDI versus SSI: the effects of marriage on benefits

March 2, 2015


There are two main programs under which the Social Security Administration gives benefits to individuals who have disabilities. The Social Security Disability Insurance program is one and the Supplemental Security...

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Could DNA microcircles help with catching cancer early?

February 24, 2015


Cancer can have vast physical impacts on a person, particularly at its later stages. Advanced forms of cancer often make working an impossibility and sometimes leave a person facing a...

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Nail Salons And Workplace Illness: Protect Yourself

February 23, 2015


Every day, manicurists, pedicurists and other salon professionals are exposed to a variety of dangerous - yet often overlooked - workplace hazards. Some of these hazards pose an immediate risk,...

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Winter Hazards And Cold Weather: What Workers Need To Know

February 18, 2015


Now that winter has returned in full force and Pennsylvania - along with much of the East Coast - is experiencing a seemingly non-stop series of storms, we felt it...

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What sorts of complications can come from diabetes?

February 17, 2015


There are many different reasons why diabetes can be a very difficult medical condition to deal with. One is that there are a wide range of complications diabetes can give...

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Need Information About Workers’ Comp in Pennsylvania? This List is Perfect For You.

February 9, 2015


At Martin Law, we offer a wide range of resources to those with questions about workers' compensation. This includes free consultations, where you can receive answers directly from experienced workers'...

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Could anxiety/depression vulnerability be predicted?


Many different health conditions can cause a person to no longer be able to hold a job. This includes certain mental health conditions. Anxiety disorders and depression are among the...

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Course and Scope of Employment in Workers’ Comp Cases

February 6, 2015


One of the most common questions that arises in the field of workers' comp law is "was the injury or illness caused within the 'course and scope of employment?'" While...

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Mining Fatalities: Still On The Rise In 2015

January 28, 2015


The recent upward trend in mining fatalities looks, unfortunately, to still be on the rise. Last year, we blogged about a Department of Labor (Mine Safety and Health Administration) report...

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Can pets help kids with autism?

January 27, 2015


Here in Pennsylvania, as is the case in the U.S. as a whole, there are many kids who are on the autism spectrum. Finding out that one's child has a...

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Non-Traditional And Extreme Workers’ Comp Situations

January 23, 2015


When most people think of workers' compensation, they think of work-related illnesses or workplace accidents in terms of their own workplace. But work-related illness and injury can occur in any...

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What can the SSA do to collect on a disability overpayment?

January 21, 2015


The application process for Social Security disability benefits can get pretty complicated. It is important to note though that complications can also arise after a person has been approved for...

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Did You Know? – Facts about Workers’ Compensation in Pennsylvania

January 16, 2015


While many of the questions we receive about workers' compensation relate to benefits and the process for obtaining them, numerous clients have been equally curious about the workers' compensation system...

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Liquor Store Employee Robbed At Gunpoint Wins Workers’ Comp Fight

January 9, 2015


How did the state Liquor Control Board fight a workers' comp claim that a liquor store manager filed after being robbed at gunpoint at work? By asserting that being robbed...

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Working memory may be impaired by depressive thoughts

January 7, 2015


Depression can negatively impact the function of some very basic things for a person. One such thing is a person's memory. For example, a recent study indicates that depressive thoughts...

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What are compassionate allowances?

January 5, 2015


The Social Security Administration (SSA) details dozens of conditions in the impairment listing manual or "Blue Book," as it's commonly referred to. Claimants who meet the criteria spelled out in...

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PA Workplace Cited by OSHA for Repeat Safety Violations

January 2, 2015


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited a Pennsylvania manufacturing company for having more than 30 safety violations at its various facilities. The violations involved a wide range...

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Our Top Blog Posts of 2014: Part Two

December 24, 2014


Part two of our countdown of our blog's most popular posts added in 2014 covers a wide range of topics, from a look at the most common types of work...

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Disabilities and changes to a home

December 23, 2014


When a person develops a disability, some changes to their home may be in order. Many home environment issues can arise for individuals with physical disabilities. Some examples include accessibility...

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Our Top Blog Posts of 2014: Part One

December 22, 2014


With 2015 fast approaching, we would like to share with you a recap of our blog's most popular posts that were added in 2014. This week, we share the top...

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2015 PA Workers’ Comp Average Weekly Wage Announced

December 17, 2014


According to the Workers' Compensation Act, injured workers are entitled to indemnity (wage-loss) benefits equal to two-thirds of their weekly wage for a work-related injury. However, there are minimum and...

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He Quit His Job, But Was Still Eligible For Workers’ Comp Benefits?

December 12, 2014


When a medical equipment delivery driver who had quit his job - but was injured while retrieving his tools and preparing to leave the premises - filed a lawsuit, how...

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Company Cited For Fall Hazards At Philadelphia Worksite

December 5, 2014


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently cited a Pennsylvania company for failing to provide its workers with proper fall protection. Bricklayers were tasked with conducting their work...

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PTSD and VA disability benefits for Vietnam vets

December 2, 2014


There are hundreds of thousands of Vietnam-era veterans struggling to cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). They experience flashbacks, depression, insomnia and serious anxiety as they also deal with...

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Fewer staff means reduced workplace safety

December 1, 2014


American workers are tops when it comes to productivity. They work more hours, take less vacation and use fewer sick days than counterparts in Europe. And this just keeps getting...

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Truck drivers and workers compensation

November 28, 2014


Long-haul truck drivers are usually covered by workers’ compensation insurance, also known as workers’ comp or work comp. Truck drivers suffer injuries and illnesses as a result of simply driving....

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SSD and SSI Payments to Increase in 2015

November 26, 2014


At the end of October 2014 the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced a cost-of-living (COLA) adjustment for recipients of Social Security Disability benefits for 2015. The increase, which also applies...

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Program seeks to help developmentally disabled children play

November 24, 2014


There are many children here in the United States who suffer from developmental disabilities. Such disabilities can make it so a child has significant care needs that cost quite a...

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Breast cancer survivor joint pain and acupuncture

November 17, 2014


The impacts cancer can have on a survivor's life can come from multiple sources. For one, they can come from the health effects of the cancer itself. Major life impacts...

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The Big Four in Construction Accidents

November 11, 2014


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified the most common fatal construction accidents, known as the "Big Four." These are: Falls from heights Struck/hit by something at the...

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Martin Law Named a Tier 1 ‘Best Law Firm’ in Pennsylvania

November 3, 2014


Martin Law is honored to have been ranked, for the 5th consecutive year, in the 2015 "Best Law Firms" list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®in the...

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What types of workers’ compensation benefits are available?

October 29, 2014


If you are injured at work, your employer’s workers’ compensation policy must pay for your medical care, but your benefits may go much further than doctors’ appointments and health care....

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More than Ebola: Nurses face daily dangers at work

October 22, 2014


The news that two nurses caught Ebola after caring for a man who later died of the infection at a Texas hospital has alarmed nurses and health care officials nationwide....

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House Bill 1846 on Physician Dispensing Passes the House


On Monday, October 20, 2014 House Bill 1846 was signed and sent on its way to Governor Corbett for his signature. HB 1846 is described as an "Act amending the...

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Study reveals potential treatment method for TBI

October 21, 2014


After a person here in Pennsylvania suffers a traumatic brain injury, several things can occur which can impact their health and condition. One is that their brain can experience swelling....

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UPS driver who found murder scene is eligible for workers’ comp

October 17, 2014


A UPS driver came upon the worst when he stopped for a delivery on his usual route. Inside the home, he found a 65-year-old woman lying on the floor with...

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Kansas Supreme Court rules that FedEx misclassified drivers

October 8, 2014


Another appellate court has ruled that FedEx misclassified hundreds of delivery drivers as independent contractors. The ruling, issued this month, the Kansas Supreme Court, is the second major decision to...

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When is the income of others looked at for an SSI claim?

October 7, 2014


As is the case with most federal benefits programs, there is a very complex set of rules in place for the Supplemental Security Income program. Thus, it can be easy...

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Job safety for older workers

October 3, 2014


As an older worker, you may be less likely to be injured in a job-related accident. Often, age comes with experience, focus and attention to detail. At 63, you may...

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Treatment costs can leave cancer survivors facing heavy debt

September 30, 2014


Cancer claims many lives. Thankfully though, there are many individuals who win their battle against cancer and survive their encounter with this terrible class of disease. However, just because a...

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Martin Law’s Matt Wilson Talks Certification on ‘CBS 3’

September 25, 2014


On September 25, Matthew Wilson made an appearance on CBS 3's Talk Philly to talk with Pat Ciarrocchi about the importance of certification when it comes to choosing an attorney...

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Appellate Court: No worker’s comp coverage for Ayurvedic medicine

September 23, 2014


Many people who suffer severe injuries find that traditional medical treatments such as medication, injections, surgery and physical therapy do not always go far enough. To supplement these treatments, they...

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Construction workers and musculoskeletal injuries

September 17, 2014


One of the most common injuries to construction workers often has the quietest beginnings. Musculoskeletal disorders are injuries to muscles, tendons, nerves, cartilage and spinal disks. These injuries can develop...

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Pennsylvania sanitation workers face risk from discarded needles

September 8, 2014


Throughout the U.S., millions of Americans use injectable needles to treat a wide range of chronic illnesses. The needle pricks that help keep these people alive and well could prove...

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Court: California FedEx drivers were misclassified as contractors

September 5, 2014


Worker misclassification is a major employment issue in the U.S. Workers who are classified as independent contractors are not eligible for workers’ compensation, health insurance and other benefits. It’s a...

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Workplace violence: The hidden danger for health care professionals

August 27, 2014


The psychiatric patient showed up to the hospital at about 1:30 p.m., nearly an hour early for his appointment. According to National Public Radio, colleagues heard arguing and saw the...

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Four Martin Attorneys Named to 2015 ‘Best Lawyers in America®’ List

August 19, 2014


Martin Law is pleased to announce that four lawyers have been named to the 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession....

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Back to School Supply Drive: Martin Law Dropoff Location

August 18, 2014


Martin Law is proud to support our own Maria Bermudez, Chair-Elect of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) with their Second Annual Back to School Supply Drive. Download the flyer here!...

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Man who fell after quitting his job is eligible for workers’ comp


Can you receive workers’ compensation benefits for an injury that happened after you quit your job? In at least one case, the answer is yes. In a recent case decided...

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Construction workers worry about work zone speed limit increases

August 15, 2014


Pennsylvania is raising the speed limits on some interstates. For drivers, the changes could allow them to save a few minutes on the road, but some construction workers fear that...

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Study: aspirin may lower risk of certain types of cancer

August 12, 2014


Cancer is a truly horrible disease. It has cost many individuals in our country their lives. Even when a cancer proves to not be fatal, its effects can be vast...

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What is the workers’ compensation offset for Social Security?

August 4, 2014


If you suffered a workplace injury or illness that is so severe that you are unable to return to any kind of job, it's important to know that multiple types...

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Court: Pleading the Fifth is not enough to cut off workers’ comp

July 29, 2014


An injured immigrant worker who refused to say whether he is authorized to live and work in the U.S. will continue to receive workers’ compensation benefits even though he invoked...

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Study: Lack of trust leads to poorer workers’ comp outcomes

July 22, 2014


Workers should be able to trust their employers while they recover from work-related injuries and illnesses. After all, workers' compensation is a right, and it's illegal in many states for...

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Playing Around with Hazards

July 15, 2014


Identifying workplace hazards is no game, but training to recognize potential dangers could be. At least that's the idea behind a new online tool introduced by the Occupational Safety and...

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Sugar plant accident that killed temp worker could have been avoided

July 14, 2014


Temp jobs are a permanent part of the new normal in the U.S. economy. An increasing number of workers in Pennsylvania and other states are temporary workers, and with the...

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A brief glimpse of Social Security’s ‘double dipping’ problem

July 10, 2014


One of the arguments that many people make against the Social Security system is that the people who draw money from the program are "double dipping." This argument alludes to...

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Presumptive workers’ compensation benefits are rising in the U.S.

July 7, 2014


Firefighters, police and other public workers face hazards every day on the job - but not all of them are immediately apparent. For example, firefighters have increased cancer rates, and...

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(Not So) Normal Working Conditions

July 2, 2014


There are certain lines of work where you might expect to have a gun pointed at you, for example, law enforcement. But if you work in a retail job, chances...

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When is an injury in the course and scope of employment?

June 30, 2014


Often, disputes in workers’ compensation claims involves medical questions, such as whether carpal tunnel syndrome is job related or whether a heart attack stems from work. In other cases, the...

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Rounding Out National Safety Month: Summer Safety Tips


As we round out June's National Safety Month and head into the holiday weekend we thought it was good time to take a minute to review some summer safety tips....

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SSD rubber-stamping scandal rocks SSA

June 27, 2014


Congressional investigators recently determined that approximately 200 administrative judges have been approving a far higher rate of applications for certain federal benefits than they seemingly should be. Specifically, investigators insist...

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Two workers, including a temp worker, killed at Amazon facilities

June 23, 2014


Amazon, the Internet retailer known for bringing Americans goods as varied as books, lawn care supplies and infant accessories, is under scrutiny following two deaths at fulfillment centers, including one...

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Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up: The Law is on Your Side

June 19, 2014


You wouldn't want to work in conditions that could injure, sicken or kill you. That's why the law has put in place protections to ensure your safety. Importantly, the law...

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Martin Law – The most workers’ comp certified attorneys in Pennsylvania.

June 17, 2014


In March 2014, three more Martin Law partners took the Workers' Compensation Certification exam held for the second time by the Pennsylvania Bar Association. We are proud to announce that...

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How are my workers’ compensation benefits calculated?

June 16, 2014


If you have been injured at work, you are generally eligible for workers' compensation benefits, including a weekly benefit to replace wages. Under Pennsylvania law, you are entitled to about...

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Has safety improved after last year’s Philadelphia building collapse?

June 10, 2014


A year ago this month, a building under demolition in Center City collapsed and crashed onto the Salvation Army Thrift Store next door. Six people died and 14 were injured...

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National Stand Down for Safety Week

June 5, 2014


June 2-6 has been designated national "Stand Down" for safety in construction week by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). And with today being the anniversary of the tragic...

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Heat is a preventable threat to outdoor workers

June 4, 2014


Temperatures are rising in Pennsylvania. The average high temperature in Philadelphia in June is typically in the 80s and will only go up in July and August. For outdoor workers,...

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Does the Uninsured Employer Guaranty Fund protect injured workers?

May 28, 2014


Employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance to provide wage replacement and medical coverage when workers are injured on the job, but employers do not always follow the law....

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Prosecutor: State should act on employee misclassification

May 21, 2014


In February 2011, Pennsylvania lawmakers enacted new protections for construction workers. Act 72 defines when a construction worker can be considered an independent contractor. The law was enacted as a...

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Explosion rocks workplace leaving 11 people injured

May 19, 2014


The following story is, sadly, indicative of many workplace accidents around the country. More specifically, in many workplace accidents it is discovered that the company or business in charge of...

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Can I choose my healthcare provider if I am injured at work?

May 13, 2014


Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law allows employers to provide a list of health care providers that injured workers must use to chose their doctor. However, injured workers must use one of...

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Should a company test workers for chemical-related work illness?

May 7, 2014


Workplace injuries and illnesses do not always develop from a single event. Some of the most serious injuries and illnesses develop slowly and may not be noticed initially. How far...

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Employee misclassification is a growing problem in the U.S.

April 30, 2014


A college professor who focuses on labor studies says that sweeping changes in the U.S. workforce are leading to widening inequality and job insecurity. The changes, called contingent employment, involve...

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Web technology helps parents in rural areas understand ABA

April 24, 2014


Autism affects children across the country and in many different areas of Pennsylvania. When you live in a big city like Philadelphia, however, it is easy to forget that where...

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Gas industry truck drivers are injured in three-vehicle pileup


Pennsylvania’s booming natural gas industry brings an increased number of workers in hazardous occupations. Workers on drilling rigs routinely work on heavy machinery and equipment and in other dangerous situations....

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What Employers Can Learn from SeaWorld’s Killer Whale Case

April 23, 2014


Certain occupations, from construction workers to policemen, come with a certain amount of risk. That's why it's sometimes difficult to win worker's compensation suits. The employer uses the inherent dangers...

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New technology helps non-verbal boy speak with his eyes

April 16, 2014


There are people working across the globe at all hours of the day to find cures for debilitating conditions or come up with new tools to help those who live...

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Company: Fatal Pennsylvania oven explosion caused by human error

April 14, 2014


Human error was to blame for an explosion that killed one worker and seriously injured another in Pennsylvania this year, according to the results of a company investigation released earlier...

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike has a message for drivers: slow down.

April 9, 2014


The Pennsylvania Turnpike is asking drivers to slow down and help keep workers safe. The message comes during National Work-Zone Awareness Week, when road safety officials nationwide raise attention for...

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Cell tower industry under scrutiny after worker accidents

April 1, 2014


The number of workers who climb cell phone towers in the U.S. is fairly small, with about 10,000 workers, yet it has been called the most dangerous job in the...

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Tips from the Turnpike Jam: What to Do if You’re Injured in a Car Accident

March 28, 2014


Hundreds of motorists started out Valentine's Day 2014 in a real jam. They were stuck in massive traffic, the result of multiple vehicle wrecks during morning rush hour on the...

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In Potter County, two were killed in work accidents in three days

March 27, 2014


A north-central Pennsylvania county about 250 miles from Philadelphia had two fatal workplace accidents in three days. First, a bulldozer accident killed a man who was working on a log...

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What is a Continuing Disability Review?

March 25, 2014


If you currently receive Social Security disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you need to understand that there is no such thing as permanent disability guaranteeing future payment...

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Pennsylvania man injured by drum at pellet plant — twice

March 19, 2014


A Pennsylvania man who suffered serious injuries in an October 2010 industrial workplace accident was apparently able to return to his job, only to be flown to a hospital recently...

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Disability Claim Without Earnings Loss Cost Steelers Player Workers’ Comp


Worker's compensation laws are designed to protect people who are injured on the job. But an injury on the job doesn't always result in compensation, as shown by a recent...

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SSD applicants may soon have to submit all medical information

March 18, 2014


The Social Security Administration recently announced some news that may worry some Philadelphia residents. The administration is proposing to make the rules for applying for disability benefits even stricter. Today,...

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Daylight saving time is connected to a spike in workplace injuries

March 12, 2014


Is daylight saving time actually dangerous for workers? Clocks in Pennsylvania sprang forward an hour on March 9, giving residents one extra hour of daylight in the evenings. But the...

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Firefighters risk their lives when responding to emergencies

March 7, 2014


Firefighters in Pennsylvania face many risks while working. Firefighters have to work in very hazardous conditions that increase the chances of suffering a serious or fatal workplace injury. The dangers...

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SSA to require representative payees to undergo background check

March 3, 2014


For nearly two years, the Social Security Administration has been piloting a program in Philadelphia that it hoped would better protect individuals receiving Social Security disability benefits or retirement benefits....

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The importance of proper fitting protective equipment

February 28, 2014


To prevent workplace injuries and accidents, workers are provided protective equipment. Personal protective equipment is very important and can reduce or prevent injuries during an accident in the workplace. As...

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Pennsylvania workers at risk for chemical spills

February 21, 2014


The recent chemical spill in West Virginia may have left many people living in Pennsylvania wondering about the risk of a chemical spill in their neighborhood. Chemical spills are very...

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Al Carlson Teaching CLE Course on Social Media in Workers Compensation

February 19, 2014


Partner Alfred J. Carlson will serve as a faculty member for a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) course entitled "I Know What you Did Last Weekend: Use of Social Media in...

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Fatal accidents increase for cellphone tower workers

February 14, 2014


As cellphone carriers rush to upgrade their networks to provide consumers with faster wireless speeds on their phones, they are be putting certain workers at risk for being injured or...

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Veterans Disability Claims Process Changing?

February 12, 2014


The Department of Veterans Affairs, in the midst of a multi-year plan to enhance efficiency and clear up a backlog of some 400,000 compensation claims, is changing the way for...

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Back injuries are number one workplace injury in US

February 7, 2014


Workplace injuries can result in short-term and long-term complications for workers. There are many different types of workplace injuries that workers commonly suffer from, but did you know that back...

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How the Social Security Administration can prevent fraud

February 4, 2014


Many people in Philadelphia likely heard about the huge number of arrests and subsequent indictments of retired police officers in New York for defrauding the Social Security disability program. The...

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What jobs are the most dangerous in the US?

January 29, 2014


Workplace accidents can be very traumatic for workers and their families. Accidents can cause fatalities and serious injuries that can change the rest of a worker's life. Workers face different...

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Pennsylvania reports decline in fatal work accidents in 2012

January 23, 2014


Workplace fatalities can highlight certain hazards in the workplace that need to be addressed and improved. Companies and workers should be aware of fatal work accidents in their industry and...

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Fatal coal mining accidents increased last year

January 20, 2014


Recent statistics from the Department of Labor show a disturbing figure for industrial workers across the United States. Fatal accidents in the mining industry increased in 2013, according to the...

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Construction worker injured in roof collapse

January 17, 2014


Despite the fact that the state of Pennsylvania is in the throes of winter, construction work continues in the Philadelphia area as well as throughout the state. Accordingly, the possibility...

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Bermudez-Harris Named Co-Chair of SSD Committee


Martin law attorney Maria Bermudez-Harris was appointed as Co-Chair of the 2014 Social Security Disability Committee for the Philadelphia Bar Association by the 2014 Chancellor, William Fedulo, Esq. The committee...

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2014 PA Workers’ Comp Average Weekly Wage Announced

January 6, 2014


According to the Workers' Compensation Act, injured workers are entitled to indemnity (wage-loss) benefits equal to two-thirds of their weekly wage for a work-related injury. However, there are minimum and...

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Winter storms hazardous for Pennsylvania workers

January 3, 2014


With the winter season upon us, and a winter storm here this weekend, it is very important for workers in Pennsylvania to understand the risks of working during winter storms....

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Survey: some workers afraid to report injuries

December 27, 2013


Workplace injuries can be very serious and cause long-term complications and financial issues for workers in Pennsylvania. Companies are supposed to keep workplaces free from hazards and prevent workplace injuries....

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Study: obese workers more likely to be injured

December 18, 2013


Obesity has become a serious health issue in the United States. As more people struggle with their weight, health experts are becoming more concerned with the impact those extra pounds...

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Report: workplace injuries down, severity up

December 13, 2013


We often discuss the dangers of workplace injuries and the role workplace safety efforts have on the risk of being injured at work. Workplace injuries happen all the time in...

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Are You Suffering from an Occupational Disease?

December 11, 2013


Pennsylvania Supreme Court News Alert: If you have an occupational disease you may now be able file a lawsuit against your employer. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has opened up the...

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Older health care workers have higher risk of injury

December 5, 2013


We've previously discussed the high risk of workplace injuries for health care workers in the United States. Health care workers suffer more workplace injuries compared to other industries, and a...

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OSHA investigating Salvation Army in Philly building collapse


It has been six months since the collapse of a Salvation Army building in Philadelphia. While people stopped to remember those who died and were injured in the collapse, the...

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OSHA proposes rule to report workplace injuries, illnesses online

November 21, 2013


Workplace accidents can result in serious injuries and fatalities. That is why it is important for employers to make sure their workplaces are safe and free from hazards. Employers are...

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Safety groups want better protections for temp workers

November 15, 2013


Temporary workers face many hazards in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. Permanent workers often receive more training and receive better benefits from their employers. Temporary workers, on the other...

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What to know about OSHA workplace inspections

November 7, 2013


Workplace safety is an important issue for workers and employers. Unfortunately, workplace accidents happen all the time in Pennsylvania. Many workplace accidents and injuries are preventable if only employers would...

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Martin Law listed among 2014 “Best Law Firms”

November 5, 2013


Martin Law is honored to have been ranked, for the 4th consecutive year, in the 2014 "Best Law Firms" list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® in...

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OSHA issues online tools to reduce chemical exposure

October 31, 2013


Many workers are at risk for being exposed to dangerous chemicals while working in the United States. Workplaces that use dangerous chemicals are supposed to follow safety regulations and rules...

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Healthcare workers still have high workplace injury rate

October 17, 2013


Workers in the health care industry face many hazards on-the-job, and it appears that the dangers in the workplace are leading to many workplace injuries in the United States. Injuries...

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Work-related car accidents leading cause of death for workers

October 10, 2013


Many times on this blog we have discussed different hazards in the workplace. Many workplace accidents are caused by equipment use, inexperience, lack of training and safety violations. All of...

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OSHA not able to inspect as many workplaces during shutdown

October 3, 2013


The federal government shutdown could have a significant impact on the safety of workers in Pennsylvania and throughout the country. Due to the federal government shutdown, the Labor Department will...

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OSHA raising awareness of agricultural safety hazards

September 30, 2013


The agricultural industry has one of the highest workplace fatality rates in the United States, and many workers may not even beware of the risks they face while working. The...

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Government shutdown could impact workplace safety

September 17, 2013


Congress has been trying to pass a new budget deal to prevent a government shutdown. Unfortunately, recent reports show that not much progress has been made by lawmakers and the...

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OSHA proposes new rule to limit silica exposure

September 12, 2013


Last month we discussed the dangers workers in the fracturing industry face, mainly the health risks associated with silica exposure, and how current equipment does not protect workers from silica...

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Workers’ Compensation Legislative Alert

September 5, 2013


Your rights are under attack in Pennsylvania! On August 6, 2013 House Bill No. 1636 was placed before The General Assembly of Pennsylvania and is set to be voted on...

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Industrial chemical accidents not accurately reported in US

September 4, 2013


Industrial chemical accidents can be very dangerous for industrial workers in Pennsylvania and throughout the U.S. The government tracks industrial chemical accidents in an effort to make the industrial workplace...

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Welder killed in Pennsylvania after industrial accident

August 30, 2013


Industrial workers face many hazards in the workplace, and a recent workplace accident highlights the risks these workers face in Pennsylvania. A welder was recently killed in a workplace accident...

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Workplace fatalities increase for construction, oil workers

August 23, 2013


As the housing market recovers and the energy industry continues to boom, reports on workplace safety show that the improving economy may be having a dangerous impact on certain industry...

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Martin Law Supports Back to School Supply Drive

August 20, 2013


Martin law is proud to be a supporter of the Young Lawyers Divisions' (YLD) First Annual Back to School Supply Drive. Our own Maria Bermudez-Harris is the Vice Chair of...

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Ergonomic issues should be addressed to prevent injuries at work

August 15, 2013


Workers in Pennsylvania are at risk for suffering many different types of workplace accidents. One common cause of workplace injuries that is often overlooked by many employers and workers are...

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Equipment not protecting hydraulic fracturing workers from toxins

August 6, 2013


Many industrial workers are exposed to dangerous toxins in the workplace but hydraulic fracturing workers may face some of the most dangerous health hazards on the job. A new study...

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Tree trimmer killed after working near power lines

August 2, 2013


A tree-trimmer in Pennsylvania was killed in a workplace accident that highlights the dangers of working near power lines. The man was working for a tree-trimming company and was trimming...

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Farm workers face risk of pesticide poisoning

July 26, 2013


Farm workers face several hazards on the job but a new report found that many farm workers in the U.S. are exposed to serious health risks every year. Farm workers...

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Health care workers not protected from workplace hazards

July 18, 2013


Health care workers in Pennsylvania face many workplace hazards and are at risk for suffering workplace injuries throughout their career. All workers are supposed to be protected from workplace hazards...

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Construction falls can be prevented with proper safety equipment

July 10, 2013


In our previous blog posts, we've discussed the dangers construction workers in Pennsylvania face every time they work on a residential construction project. Falls are still the most common cause...

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Pennsylvania Proud: The Story of Martin Law

July 8, 2013


"Making the world better, one client at a time." Martin Law is honored to have participated in the local suburban publication "Pennsylvania Proud" - dedicated to the products created and...

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Be aware of the safety hazards this Fourth of July

July 3, 2013


Tomorrow is the Fourth of July and with the Independence Day celebrations, many people forget about the safety hazards that put many workers in Pennsylvania at risk. Every year after...

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Heat-related illnesses still a threat for Pennsylvania workers

June 28, 2013


Now that we are approaching the dog days of summer, it is important for workers and employers to be aware of the dangers of heat-related illnesses. It is especially important...

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Is Your Workers’ Compensation Attorney Certified?

June 26, 2013


In March, three Martin Law partners took the Workers' Compensation Certification exam held for the very first time by the Pennsylvania Bar Association. We are proud to announce that all...

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What to know about workers’ comp when traveling outside the US

June 21, 2013


Many workers in Pennsylvania are required to travel for their job. For some, this includes traveling outside of the U.S. to foreign countries. Reports show that business travelers have remained...

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Fatal accident highlights need for more safety regulations in PA

June 13, 2013


The recent building collapse in Philadelphia highlights the dangers of operating demolition equipment and why it is important for companies to properly train workers on how to use this potentially...

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Layoffs and Your Workers’ Compensation Rights

June 10, 2013


As most of the Philadelphia community is aware, Mayor Nutter recently announced that the School District of Philadelphia will be proceeding with mass layoffs of as many as 3,783 teachers...

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How to avoid workplace hazards in Pennsylvania

June 7, 2013


Workplace hazards pose a serious safety risk for many workers in Pennsylvania. Many workplace accidents can be prevented by understanding and addressing safety hazards in the workplace, but unfortunately, many...

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Paralyzed Worker Receives 11 Years, Six Figures of Back Pay

May 31, 2013


In a major decision handed down from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Court (Bureau Claim Number 2416884), a paraplegic who suffered an injury in 2002 while working as a...

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Sleep disorders may increase risk of workplace injuries

May 30, 2013


May is National Sleep Awareness Month and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine is raising awareness of the workplace hazards employees with sleep disorders may face. They report...

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Workplaces need to prevent electrical safety hazards

May 24, 2013


Electrical accidents at work can be very dangerous and often result in serious or fatal injuries. Unfortunately, many workers in Pennsylvania are exposed to electrical hazards on the job and...

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All Five Partners Make Super Lawyers List

May 17, 2013


More workers' comp claimants' attorneys listed than any other firm in the state At Martin Law we strive to give every client the best possible representation available during their workers'...

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Workplace deaths happen every day in Pennsylvania, US


Workplace safety needs to be improved in Pennsylvania and throughout the country after a new report found that 150 people died from work-related injuries or illnesses every day in 2011....

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Hospitals should track workplace injuries and accidents

May 7, 2013


When a worker suffers a workplace injury, they often receive treatment from a hospital or clinic. While hospitals track a lot of information about their patients, they do not keep...

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Pennsylvania firefighters losing workers’ compensation coverage

May 3, 2013


Insurance companies are dropping firefighters from their workers' compensation coverage in Pennsylvania due to reports showing that firefighters have an increased risk of developing cancer. Insurers started dropping coverage after...

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Work accidents can be prevented during road construction

April 26, 2013


During the spring and summer months in Pennsylvania, it is not uncommon to see more road construction projects blooming than actual flowers. The state has worked hard to make these...

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Fall risk much higher for residential construction workers

April 18, 2013


Construction workers face several risks while working but one of the biggest safety risks comes from construction falls. Previous reports have shown that falls are still a significant hazard for...

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Congress proposes bill to increase protections for US workers

April 12, 2013


The U.S. Congress will be considering a proposed bill aimed at extending safety regulations and workplace protections for workers. The bill, Protecting America's Workers Act, would strengthen the Occupational Safety...

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Attorney Wilson part of faculty at “tough” CLE Event

April 10, 2013


Martin Law partner Matt Wilson served as a faculty member for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program entitled "Tough Problems in Workers' Compensation 2013" on Tuesday, April...

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Attorney Carlson on Workers Comp Hearing Loss Claims

April 9, 2013


Martin Law partner Alfred J. Carlson was recently quoted in an article titled, "Work-Related Hearing Loss Claims: Conclusive Data Prove Elusive" written by Karen Pallarito for The Hearing Journal on...

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Temporary, migrant workers less likely to report work injuries

April 4, 2013


We've previously discussed how temporary workers are more likely to be injured on the job. Now, a new study found that temporary and migrant workers in the U.S. continue to...

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Attorney George Martin Honored by Local Conservation Group

April 3, 2013


  George Martin, founding partner of Martin, LLC was recently honored by the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust with the "Morris Conservation Award" for his contributions to the organization's...

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First responders have higher risk of suffering mental disorders

March 29, 2013


Mental disorders can affect any type of worker in the U.S but a new study found that first responders who are new to the job have a higher risk of...

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Most common workplace injuries can be prevented

March 22, 2013


Workplace accidents continue to happen in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. While a lot has been in the news about different workplace hazards and accidents, do workers really know what...

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Workplace accidents increase after daylight saving time change

March 13, 2013


Earlier this week, Pennsylvania and the rest of the country set their clocks ahead one hour in observance of daylight saving time. The spring tradition continues to make people lose...

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Forklift safety hazards include carbon monoxide poisoning

March 8, 2013


Forklifts are commonly used in the manufacturing and construction industry, making it vital that workers and employers in these industries understand the safety risks associated with forklifts. While many employers...

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PA workers’ comp cases need medical testimony to prove illness

February 27, 2013


A recent court ruling by the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Appeal Board may have significant impact on future workers' compensation cases filed in the state. The Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Appeal Board...

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Workers’ comp available for workers injured in car accidents

February 21, 2013


Car accidents remain a risk for everyone driving in Pennsylvania, regardless of if they are driving during work or not. However, a new report shows that more employees are filing...

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Are older workers more likely to suffer a workplace injury?

February 14, 2013


Older workers often face the stigma that they are more likely to be injured on the job and cost their employer more money. Are older workers more likely to be...

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Workplace accidents high in hydraulic fracking towns

February 8, 2013


Hydraulic fracturing or fracking has boomed in cities throughout the U.S., including in Pennsylvania. While there are still concerns over the environmental safety of hydraulic fracking, another issue has been...

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Attorney Harris “Writing” Article Published

February 7, 2013


Attorney Maria E. Harris, recently had an article published in The Legal Intelligencer. The article, "The Significance of Writing in the Legal Setting" was published in the "Young Lawyers Supplement"...

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Construction workers not reporting workplace injuries

February 1, 2013


Construction workers may face significant barriers after suffering a workplace injury. Workers who report their injuries may face consequences while other workers may be commended for pointing out a safety...

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Toxic exposure may cause asthma in workers

January 23, 2013


Many workers may still be affected by toxic exposure despite safety precautions and recommendations of using protective equipment, according to a study by the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Exposure...

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Workplace fatalities decrease in Pennsylvania

January 16, 2013


Workplace accidents that cause fatal injuries may be declining in Pennsylvania, a new federal report stated earlier this month. Workplace fatalities in Pennsylvania decreased by 16 percent in 2011, according...

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Temporary workers more likely to suffer workplace injuries

January 9, 2013


Temporary workers are more likely to be involved in a workplace accident, according to a new study by the Chicago School of Public Health. The risk for temp workers may...

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Falls a safety hazard for residential construction workers

January 4, 2013


The construction industry remains to be one of the most dangerous places for workers in the U.S. Falls are the leading cause of death for construction workers, with one-third of...

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Will workers’ compensation be reformed in 2013?

December 28, 2012


The Pennsylvania governor and lawmakers are trying to change workers' compensation in the state. Lawmakers have proposed a bill that would increase the amount of time injured workers have to...

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Four Attorneys: ‘Best of the Best’ for 2012

December 26, 2012


We had a great year here at Martin Banks. We are proud to share this latest honor, we have four attorneys who have been listed on the Super Lawyers' 'Best of...

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Low-wage workers more likely to be injured while working

December 20, 2012


Low-wage workers are more likely to suffer financial losses after suffering on-the-job injuries and illnesses, according to researchers at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services....

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Three Selected to “Awesome Attorneys” List


We are proud to announce that three Martin Banks attorneys, George Martin, partner; Matt Wilson, partner and Amit Shah, senior associate, have been listed as "Awesome Attorneys" in the December...

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News Alert: New Subrogation Decision

December 12, 2012


New case law marks win for the government but most importantly this is a big win for our clients and ensuring they are paid all the benefits to which they...

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OSHA enforcement helps decrease workplace injuries


Industries that have stronger OSHA enforcement and investigations have shown a decline in workplace injuries, according to a report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Workplace injuries declined in...

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Certain industries increase risk of breast cancer in women

December 7, 2012


Women who work in the manufacturing or service industry, specifically in bars and casinos, have a higher risk of developing breast cancer, according to a recent study. Some women may...

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Insurance companies dropping coverage for some firefighters

November 28, 2012


A Pennsylvania law is having severe consequences for firefighters who develop cancer. Several reports have shown that some insurance companies are dropping workers' compensation coverage for volunteer firefighters due to...

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OSHA guidelines to keep retail workers safe during Black Friday

November 20, 2012


With Thanksgiving just a few days away, that means Black Friday shopping is also near. Black Friday shopping deals bring massive amounts of shoppers to retail stores. While Black Friday...

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Industrial chemical used by workers linked to Parkinson’s

November 13, 2012


Parkinson's disease may be more common among industrial workers in Pennsylvania and the U.S., according to a recent study. Researchers reported that workers exposed to industrial solvents have an increased...

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Hurricane Sandy emergency workers still at risk after the storm

November 6, 2012


The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has left many in Pennsylvania and throughout the East Coast in disarray, without power or a place to live. The hurricane also impacted thousands of...

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Farm workers face fatal safety risks when working in silos

November 1, 2012


Despite serious workplace injuries and fatalities declining, safety hazards remain for farm workers in the U.S. Overall, accidents and fatalities have declined on farms but fatal accidents involving grain bins...

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Lecturing for CLE Events: Giving (and Getting) Back

October 30, 2012


By Joseph C. Huttemann Originally published in The Legal Intelligencer on October 30, 2012 So you've got a busy practice litigating, tending to daily client needs and building your law...

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Fall protection remains top safety violation

October 24, 2012


Workplace accidents and injuries in Pennsylvania are all too common. Falls remain one of most common workplace accidents in the state and throughout the country, with three of the top...

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Fatal workplace injuries decline, improvement still needed

October 19, 2012


Workplace injuries and fatalities occur every year in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. Each year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports on how many workplace accidents occur and recommend...

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Flu remains one of the most common workplace illnesses

October 12, 2012


Every fall and winter, the common flu strain hits households and businesses, impacting five to 20 percent of Americans. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the flu causes the...

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OSHA Inspections can Co-Exist with Business Interests

October 5, 2012


OSHA's workplace inspections are designed to reduce the likelihood of on-the-job injuries. However, since OSHA's instatement, critics have made claims that their inspections are bad for business, leading to profit...

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Martin Law Again Named “Best Place to Work”

October 3, 2012


Martin Law has once again been named one of the Philadelphia Business Journal's 2011 Best Places to Work. This list includes approximately fifty companies in the Delaware Valley Region, ranging...

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Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Case Discusses Lunchtime Injury

September 28, 2012


When someone is injured on the job, that person may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits, provided certain requirements are in place. Many workplace injuries can be very easily connected...

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The Changing Workplace and the Impact on Workers’ Compensation

September 21, 2012


New trends change the way that we work. New machines make mass production quicker and easier. New formulas may make existing products better or stronger. Additions to the workforce can...

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Martin Law supports Radiothon for CHOP

September 13, 2012


For the second year in a row, Martin Law was a proud sponsor of last week's 98.1 WOGL Loves Our Kids Radiothon to benefit Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Marketing Manager...

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Worker Death Again Highlights Dangers of Falls


Each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases a reminder to construction workers concerning the dangers of falls on the job site. Whether working on a residential building...

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Small Business and Office Safety – Are Safety Policies in Place?

September 7, 2012


Many employees, if asked, would say that their workplace has safety procedures that could be put in place in the event they become necessary. Workers may even notice their workplace...

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What are the Most Dangerous Jobs?

August 31, 2012


Many of us know people employed in very challenging work environments. Those in the manufacturing industry are constantly working with machines that could cause serious injuries if not used properly....

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Case Highlights Reporting Requirements for Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation

August 24, 2012


When someone is injured on-the-job, there may be a lot of confusion about what is going to happen next. While the injured worker will receive treatment for his or her...

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Workers with Disabilities Often Injured while Working

August 17, 2012


An on-the-job injury can take many different forms. Some of these injuries may result in time away from work, with workers' compensation benefits being provided to the injured worker. Other...

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Sick Leave Might Improve Workplace Safety

August 10, 2012


A workplace injury can happen at any time, and often, it catches workers by surprise. When those workers are under the weather, it can be difficult for them to have...

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Course and Scope of Employment

August 6, 2012


In the case Little v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (B&L Ford/Chevrolet), the Court affirmed the denial of a fatal claim petition. The Court ruled that the decedent's heart attack was...

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Healthcare Workers Injured Due to Patient Weight

August 2, 2012


When people consider jobs that have a lot of heavy lifting, the might think of those who work in retail, manufacturing or shipping. The healthcare industry may not be the...

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Medical Treatment After an On-the-Job Injury in Pennsylvania

July 27, 2012


While it is true that certain occupations carry increased risk, a workplace injury can happen at any time. Even the safest workers can suffer injuries while performing their daily activities....

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Many Workers Unaware of Job-Related Hearing Loss

July 19, 2012


Workplaces are often very chaotic places. Whether it is a construction site with different workers performing various tasks or a busy factory with machines running 24-hours a day, it can...

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Two Crane Accidents Lead to Worker Fatalities

July 13, 2012


New construction projects will require a great deal of planning before they can get underway. Whether it is remodeling an existing building or structure or completing something brand new, the...

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Voluntary Protection Programs: More Oversight Needed?

July 6, 2012


Each and every occupation has certain dangers that require workers to remain alert. Whether it is working in a manufacturing facility or working on a construction site, it is important...

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Pennsylvania Workers Warned about Exposure to Silica

June 29, 2012


Fracking is becoming more and more common throughout the United States, as new sources of oil and gas are being discovered. Many of these deposits are located in difficult to...

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Another Stage Collapse Highlights Dangers for Concert Workers

June 22, 2012


There is usually some sort of festival going on every weekend of the summer. Whether it is a small neighborhood block party or a large outdoor concert, crews will need...

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Fee Review

June 15, 2012


In the case Jaeger v. Bureau of Workers' Compensation Fee Review Hearing Office (CAN), the Court upheld the decision that Dr. Jaeger was not to be awarded additional compensation for...

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Can a Contractor Receive Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation?


Injured workers know how difficult it can be to make ends meet while they recover from their injuries. Every day out of work leads to more uncertainty. Workers may feel...

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Incentive Plans Leading to a Decrease in Reported Injuries?

June 8, 2012


Employers frequently offer incentive plans to employees for timely completion of work. Bonuses of extra compensation or additional time off can provide motivation to employees to do everything they can...

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Substantial and Competent Evidence

June 6, 2012


In the case Upper Darby Township v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Nicastro), the Court reversed a judge's decision to reinstate claimant's benefits in 2004, due to the fact that the...

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Falls Most Common Type of Fatal Construction Accident

June 1, 2012


The construction season is underway. With the economy slowly improving, more businesses may decide that now is the right time to start expanding their operations. Construction of new buildings can...

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Workers Need to Exercise Care in the Summer Heat

May 25, 2012


The Memorial Day weekend is often thought of as the start of the summer. This means warmer temperatures and an opportunity to complete outdoor projects. Whether it is construction of...

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Martin Law Attorneys Excel on 2012 Super Lawyers List

May 18, 2012


Martin Law once again has a dominating presence on the 2012 Super Lawyers® List. For the 3rd consecutive year all six of our partners are listed as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers,...

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On-the-job Injuries Caused by Co-workers Under the Influence?


Even under the best conditions, a construction site is a chaotic place. With so many different activities happening each and every day, it is important for all workers to be...

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Pension Offset

May 16, 2012


In the case Horner v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Liquor Control Board), the Court reaffirmed its previous decisions that an employer can illustrate the extent to which it funded a...

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OSHA Criticized for Rulemaking Process

May 11, 2012


Whenever a serious workplace injury happens within Pennsylvania, there is often an investigation to determine the accident's cause. What led to the worker's injury? Is there anything that can be...

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Equivocal Evidence

May 10, 2012


In the case Potere v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (KEMCORP), the Court found that if a medical expert's testimony is clearly contradictory on important points, an appeallate body is allowed...

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Death on the Job Report Released

May 4, 2012


Most of us know someone who has a dangerous occupation. Whether it is a construction worker at a crowded jobsite or a police officer making a traffic stop, it is...

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Distracted Drivers a Problem in Construction Zones?

April 26, 2012


By now, most of us are very familiar with the dangers of distracted driving. Reducing the number of accidents caused by distracted drivers has been a major focus of many...

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Death on the Job – Improving Workplace Safety after a Tragedy

April 20, 2012


There are many dangerous occupations where workers risk their lives every single day. Even workers in professions with seemingly low accident rates need to be aware of the potential issues...

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Attorney Joe Huttemann Authored “Workers’ Comp Certification” Article

April 17, 2012


Partner Joe Huttemann recently authored an article on "The New Workers' Compensation Certification: Breaking Ground for the Pennsylvania Bar Association" for The Legal Intelligencer, the oldest law journal in the...

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Employer Accident Records Crucial for Workplace Safety

April 13, 2012


No one wants to miss time from work. Every dollar counts. Some employees feel that if they are going to be forced to take time off to recover for an...

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What Factors Most Impact Workplace Safety?

April 6, 2012


Several studies have tried to determine ways toward improving workplace safety. However, each industry faces unique risks and challenges, making it difficult to developing a one-size-fits-all approach to safety. Employers...

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Workplace Safety for Healthcare Professionals

March 30, 2012


When we begin our commute to our workplace, we spend most of our time thinking about our daily tasks. What do we need to do and when do we need...

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Top Employer Concerns Regarding Workers’ Comp?

March 23, 2012


In today's difficult economy, many companies are looking to save money any way that they can. Whether it is reducing the workforce or working longer hours to meet demand, many...

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Construction Accidents Common in Work Zones

March 16, 2012


The summer road construction season is nearly here. The orange cones lining highways is a sight familiar to many. Drivers will often have to slow down while in the work...

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More Building Projects Mean More Potential Construction Accidents

March 9, 2012


Construction jobsites can be extremely chaotic places, with many different groups of workers present at one time. With so much constantly happening, accidents are an all-too-common occurrence. The industry is...

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U.S. Supreme Court rules against Pennsylvania worker

March 2, 2012


On-the-job illnesses are often thought of as being less severe than on-the-job injuries. However, certain illnesses can be serious enough to be life-threatening. When this happens, it can be necessary...

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Pennsylvania company cited for safety violations

February 24, 2012


We trust that our employers are doing everything they can to keep our workplaces safe. If there is anything that can cause us harm or injury, we expect that we...

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Job Offer Letters


In the case Vaugh v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Carrara Steel Erectors), the court decided that an employer's job-offer letter does not have to explicitly state the activities to be...

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Overtime Leading to Workplace Depression?

February 17, 2012


The economy has changed the way many employers do business. When the number of employees is reduced due to budget cuts or downsizing, companies can be forced to do more...

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Medical Providers: Workers’ Comp Reform Legislative Alert

February 16, 2012


Recently, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce and at least one member of the Pennsylvania legislature submitted proposals for reform to the Department of Labor and Industry to "improve the quality...

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Injured Worker Denied Benefits Due to Facebook Photos

February 10, 2012


Social media websites make it easier for us to share the details of our lives with others. We can send information to a large amount of people with just one...

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Average Weekly Wage Calculation

February 9, 2012


In the case, Pike v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Veseley Brothers Moving), the Commonwealth Court decided that Act 57 eliminates the option of using substantially higher earnings when calculating an...

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Silica Rule being Held Up

February 2, 2012


Construction workers are all too familiar with a dangerous work environment. Jobsites have a lot of different types of workers performing tasks in several places at the same time. It...

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Economy Forcing Injured Pennsylvania Workers Back on the Job?

January 27, 2012


During these difficult economic times, it has been a challenge for many people to find work. Unemployment rates remain high, and those who do have a job are doing everything...

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Removal from the Workforce by Means of Retirement

January 25, 2012


In the case Keene v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Ogden Corp.), the Commonwealth Court held that a claimant, who was receiving Social Security Disability, did not remove herself from the...

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OSHA Focused on Reducing the Number of Workplace Injuries

January 20, 2012


Workplace safety has long been a major priority for state and local governments. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has spent decades trying to improve safety conditions for workers...

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Utilization Review Petition

January 17, 2012


In Gary v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Phila. Sch. Dist.), the court upheld the Workers' Compensation Judge's decision which denied the Utilization Review Petition. The UR Reviewer decided that the...

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Criminal Conviction and Disqualification from Employment

January 5, 2012


In University of Penn. v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Hicks), the court determined that an employer was not entitled to suspend a claimant's benefits after he returned to work following...

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2012 Pennsylvania Workers’ Comp Average Weekly Wage

December 28, 2011


According to the Workers' Compensation Act, injured workers are entitled to indemnity (wage-loss) benefits equal to two-thirds of their weekly wage for a work-related injury. However, there are minimum and...

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Utilization Review (UR) Process

December 21, 2011


In the case Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Schuch), the claimant's treating doctor for depressive disorder went under Utilization Review. The findings were that the...

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Intentional Physical Stunt not within Course and Scope of Employment

December 20, 2011


In the case of Penn. State University v. Workers's Compensation Appeal Board (Smith), the Commonwealth Court reversed the Appeal Board's affirmation of a claim petition. There was overwhelming evidence showing...

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Medicare Part B Premiums lower than projected for 2012

December 16, 2011


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that Medicare Part B Premiums will be lower than projected. The Part B premiums will have a 3.6% increase to coincide...

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The Grave Danger of Workplace Dust Explosions

December 14, 2011


To the uninitiated, industrial dust may seem as harmless as the dust on the bedroom dresser. The truth is, however, that explosive dust is responsible for numerous deaths each year...

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120 Day Rule Regarding Notice of Injury

December 8, 2011


In the case Hershgordon v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Pep Boys), the appeal board reaffirmed the importance of notifying the employer within 120 days of injury. The claimant filed a...

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Notice of Compensation Denial Decision

December 2, 2011


In the case, Mason v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Rothman Institute), the claimant's work injury was accepted by a Notice of Compensation Denial (NCD). During litigation of a claim petition,...

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New Attorney Maria Harris Candidate for YLD Executive Committee

December 1, 2011


Maria E. Harris is the firm's newest associate, focusing her practice on Social Security Disability and Long-Term Disability. Ms. Harris is a member of the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia...

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Cost-of-Living Adjustment Increases for 2012

November 28, 2011


For the first time since 2009, the Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) will be increased to offset inflation. This is to be a 3.6% increase for more than 60 million Americans who...

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Martin Law Attends PCA Convention

November 23, 2011


Martin Law's medical coordinator, Jill Mitchell, attended the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association (PCA) Convention to discuss our relations with different Chiropractic doctors, as well as the customer service we deliver. Jill...

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Partner George Martin Appearance on Talk Philly

November 21, 2011


On Thursday, November 17, George Martin was a special guest on the CBS 3's daily talk show, Talk Philly. George discusses the fact that Martin Banks was selected as a...

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Over 100 Pennsylvania Worksites Lack OSHA Supervision

November 18, 2011


Some professions carry a pronounced risk of danger. Employees who work around heavy machinery or toxic chemicals are exposed to a greater risk of injury than those who spend most...

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Social Security Opens National Hearing Center

November 17, 2011


In an effort to control the amount of backlogged cases and reduce the waiting time for a disability decision, the Social Security Administration has opened numerous National Hearing Centers. These...

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Pennsylvania Amazon Warehouse Conditions Examined

October 21, 2011


Amazon.com is widely seen as a reliable provider of well-priced books, music, household products and other goods. The problems that allegedly occurred in its Pennsylvania warehouse, however, show that even...

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Martin Law Ranked 13 on “Best Place to Work” List

October 14, 2011


Martin Law has been ranked number 13 on the Philadelphia Business Journal's 2011 Best Places to Work. This list includes about fifty companies in the Delaware Valley Region, ranging from...

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Join Us at the Newtown Library Company 5K Fun Run

October 11, 2011


Martin Banks is proud to be sponsoring the Newtown Library Company 5K Fun Run in Newtown, PA on Saturday, October 22 starting at 9am. The Newtown Library Company, founded on...

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Chronic Pain May Lead to Workers’ Comp Claim


Chronic pain refers to a condition where the pain does not improve with time. The pain may affect a certain part of your body, such as low-back pain or headaches,...

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Family Health and Safety Festival 2011

September 20, 2011


This Saturday, September 24, State Senator Shirley Kitchen, State Representative Mark Cohen, and Councilwomen Marian Tasco and Maria Sanchez will host the Family Health and Safety Festival. This Festival will...

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Workplace Safety Advocates Fear Effect of New Budget Deal

September 14, 2011


In early August 2011, Congress passed a budget which raised the national debt ceiling. The deal also aimed to cut the national deficit by $2.1 trillion dollars over the next...

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Martin Law Participated in WOGL 98.1 Radiothon for CHOP

September 13, 2011


Martin Law was a sponsor in the last weekend's WOGL Radiothon to benefit Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Founding Partner George Martin attended the Radiothon at CHOP and presented Martin Law's...

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Martin Law Named “Best Place to Work”

September 12, 2011


Martin Law has been named one of the Philadelphia Business Journal's 2011 Best Places to Work. This list includes about fifty companies in the Delaware Valley Region, ranging from small...

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Attorneys George Martin & Matt Wilson Named Best Lawyers

September 7, 2011


Congratulations to Attorney George Martin and Attorney Matt Wilson for being included in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants. Attorney Martin...

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New Workers’ Compensation Law in PA Expands Coverage to Small Businesses

August 19, 2011


Pennsylvania lawmakers passed a bill to expand workers' compensation insurance coverage so that sole proprietors, members of partnerships and members of LLCs may purchase the insurance beginning late August. Prior...

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Martin Law Participates in Relaunch of Home-Buy-Now Program

August 4, 2011


On July 18, the City of Philadelphia relaunched the Home-Buy-Now program. Martin Law employee, Michael Clancy, was a speaker at the relaunch of the program. Martin Law is one of...

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OSHA Issues New Regulations to Keep Construction Workers Safe From Falls

July 22, 2011


The process of building a house or garage includes a lot of installation or construction above ground level. Whether installing roof trusses or putting on the sub-floor of a second...

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Attorney Amit Shah Speaks at Workers’ Compensation CLE

July 12, 2011


Amit J. Shah was a speaker at the CLE program entitled Workers' Compensation Issues Involving the Large Employer on Friday, July 8, 2011. Mr. Shah spoke on the topic from...

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George Martin Participating in Tort Roundtable on June 23

June 14, 2011


Martin Banks' founding partner, George Martin, will be participating in the 3-credit CLE, Tort Roundtable, next Thursday, June 23. Moderated by Tim Riley, the event will take place at the...

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AFL-CIO Releases “Death on the Job”: Its 2011 Worker Safety Report

June 8, 2011


Recently, the AFL-CIO released the 2011 edition of its annual report on American workers' safety and health. Entitled "Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect," the report compiles statistics...

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Subrogation and the Heart and Lung Act as it Pertains to Workers’ Comp Case

June 2, 2011


In a case of first impression of Oliver v. City of Pittsburgh, Pa, the Supreme Court held that an employer has no subrogation claim against a civil settlement to recover...

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Jumping Down Stairs not Covered by Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation

June 1, 2011


In June 2007, cook and housekeeper Jeffrey Smith voluntarily jumped down a flight of 12 stairs on his lunch break at work at Penn State University, breaking both legs. After...

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Leaders in Workers’ Comp: Ten Attorney’s on Super Lawyers®

May 27, 2011


Martin Law has a stellar representation in the 2011 Super Lawyer® results. For the second consecutive year all 6 of our partners are listed as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers®, including 5...

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Unsupported Factual Findings for a Workers’ Comp Case

May 26, 2011


In the case, City of Pittsburgh v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Wilson), the judge granted a review petition to expand the work injury to included an aggravation of a pre-existing...

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Fee Review of Workers’ Comp Case

May 25, 2011


During the case of Fidelity and Guaranty Co. v. Bureau of Workers' Compensation (Community Medical Center), a medical provider disputed the amount the insurer reimbursed it for treatment provided to...

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Wage Loss for Claimant in Workers’ Comp Case after Return to Work

May 24, 2011


In the case of Trevdan Building Supply v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Pope), the Commonwealth Court ruled that since the claimant returned to work without restriction and since there was...

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Removal from the Workforce by Means of Retirement- Worker’s Comp

May 23, 2011


In the case of Shannopin v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Sereg), the Commonwealth Court affirmed a judge's decision after multiple remands, because he made a finding that the claimant was...

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Abnormal Working Conditions for Workers’ Comp Cases

May 19, 2011


For the case of Washington v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (State Police), the Court upheld the denial of a mental/mental claim, because photographing infant murder victims is not an abnormal...

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Impairment Rating Evaluation (IRE) in Workers’ Comp Case

May 18, 2011


In the case of Stanish v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (James J. Anderson Construction Co.), a modification petition was filed to challenge a self-executing IRE, the Commonwealth Court held the...

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Current System of Determining On-the-Job Fatalities Has Serious Flaws


A series of flawed provisions in the current Occupational Safety and Health Act prevents the accurate calculation of work-related deaths. The system does represent a fairly accurate tally of on-the-job...

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Timely Filing of a Review Petition for Workers’ Comp Case

May 17, 2011


In the case of Pizza Hut, Inc. v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Mahalick), on appeal, the employer argued that the claimant's review petition was time-barred, because it was not filed...

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PA House to Vote to Extend Workers’ Compensation 90 Day Rule

May 12, 2011


On May 23 the PA House of Representatives will vote on HB 808, which extends the time period for captive treatment with a panel doctor from 90 days to 180...

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Injured Rail Road Worker Sues over Failure to Require Gloves

May 6, 2011


After Christopher Freitick suffered an on the job injury, he filed a lawsuit against his employer, SMS Rail Lines ("SMS"), for allegedly failing to implement safety procedures that could have...

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Employee or Independent Contractor: An Important Distinction

April 26, 2011


Are you an employee, or an independent contractor? Chances are the company you work for has an answer to that question. But are they right? Misclassification of workers is a...

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Telecommuting is Changing the Workers’ Comp Landscape

April 19, 2011


Technology has spurred growth in telecommuting across the country, giving employers and employees options they never had before. For employees, for example, the ability to work from home eases the...

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Eleven Workers’ Compensation Issues Sure To Impact 2011

April 5, 2011


When the U.S. Department of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its preliminary report of the top 10 most-frequent workplace safety violations in 2009 at the annual National Safety...

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Martin Law Listed in Top Workplaces for 2011

March 21, 2011


Martin Law is excited and honored to have been named to the Top Workplaces list for 2011. The firm was listed as number 32 of 50 on the Small Companies...

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George Martin Guest Appearance on 1210 Legal Perspectives

February 7, 2011


On February 6, 2011, George Martin appeared as a guest of Michael Ferrara on 1210 WPHT Legal Perspectives radio show. George talked about changes to the law and answers questions...

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Work-Related Injury Forces Pennsylvania Employee Out of the Country

February 2, 2011


A Swedish national who came to the U.S. on a work visa but was forced to return home after he was injured on the job and fired by his company...

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Two Partners Named to Philadelphia’ List of Best Lawyers in America ®

January 28, 2011


Two lawyers from Martin Banks, George Martin and Matthew Wilson, were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2011 (Copyright 2010 by Woodward/White, Inc.,...

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2011 Statewide Average Weekly Wage Announced

January 24, 2011


Pursuant to the Workers' Compensation Act, Section 105.1, the Department of Labor & Industry has determined the statewide average weekly wage for injuries occurring on and after Jan. 1, 2011,...

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Kids Chance of Pennsylvania — Scholarship For Children of Injured Workers

January 18, 2011


Many families that suffer the loss of a parent due to a work-related incident find themselves in financial need. Buying the basics, such as food, becomes problematic. Never mind finding...

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Tragic Workplace Accident Involving Roofer

January 7, 2011


Construction is one of the most dangerous occupations in America, with more fatal injuries occurring in this industry than any other in the private sector. This unfortunate fact was recently...

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$12.7M Verdict for Workers Burned in Metal Furnace Explosion

December 27, 2010


Two men who suffered significant burns over much of their bodies won a $12.7 million award from a Pennsylvania jury. The injuries were the result of a metal furnace exploding,...

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Workplace Wellness Programs Can Limit Workers’ Comp Costs

December 15, 2010


The workers' compensation system ensures that employees injured on the job have access to medical care and financial support throughout the recovery process. This is an important and effective system,...

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Workers’ Compensation for Orthopedic Appliances in PA

December 6, 2010


David Griffiths went to work one August morning in 2000 just as millions of Americans do every day. While on the job that day, however, he suffered a catastrophic injury...

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Job Applicant Was Not Employee Upon Required Medical Screen

November 24, 2010


In 2006, Kathleen Moberg applied for employment at Twining Village and was told as a condition of employment that she was required to undergo a tuberculin test. After applying, she...

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Senior Partners Speak at 26th Annual PBA Workers’ Compensation Fall Section Meeting

October 14, 2010


The Pennsylvania Bar Association will hold the 26th Annual Workers' Compensation Fall Section Meeting at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center on October 21-22, 2010. This year Martin LLC will...

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Clairton Steel Plant Explosion Injures at Least Fourteen

October 8, 2010


An explosion and fire at United States Steel Corp's Clairton, Pennsylvania, plant -- Clairton Coke Works -- resulted in the serious injury of at least 14 employees (various sources have...

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Social Security Disability Teams Adds New Associate, Joseph Capitan

September 28, 2010


We are proud to announce we have expanded our Social Security Disability practice with the addition of Joseph D. Capitan as an Associate. Mr. Capitan focuses his practice exclusively on...

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Court Approves of Insurance Company Spying on Prayer


In a recent workers' compensation case, the Pennsylvania Superior Court determined that an employer may conduct surveillance of an employee even while the worker prays in a public worship space....

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Time is Money: Report Workplace Injuries Promptly

August 2, 2010


The old saying is that time is money. The Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Appeal Board recently proved the adage true when it reversed a grant of an injured worker's claim for...

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Will Franchisers Soon be Required to Extend Benefits to Franchisees?

July 26, 2010


The franchise industry faces many unanswered questions in the wake of the recent decision in Awuah v. Coverall North America. Though the industry had hoped to be reassured that it...

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Wants to SuspYour Employer end Your Workers’ Comp Benefits. Can They Do That?

July 20, 2010


Recently, an employer was reminded that it must follow proper procedure to suspend its former employee's workers compensation benefits. In the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, a judge affirmed the Workers'...

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Welcome to our blog

March 23, 2010


Pennsylvania workers' compensation law is always evolving, through statutory changes and judicial and administrative changes. These changes directly affect the rights and claims of injured workers, sometimes favorably and sometimes...

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Maximum Benefit Rate Announced

January 19, 2010


The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has announced that the maximum workers' compensation benefit rate for an injury that occurs in 2010 will be $845.00 per week. The maximum...

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Martin Law Hosts Annual Blood Drive

January 6, 2010


Martin Law will sponsor a Blood Drive for the American Red Cross on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 from 9 am - 3 pm. The Blood Drive will take place on...

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Awards & Accomplishments

The workers' compensation attorneys at Martin Law have received numerous honors and awards—from other lawyers, neutral third-party publications and trusted consumer organizations. The achievement we are most proud of is simply being able to help the many decent, hardworking people who have suffered the misfortune of a work injury.