May 2011

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


The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has held that IREs are unconstitutional. Section 306 (a)(2) has been deleted from the act. Anyone who was evaluated for an IRE should immediately talk to...

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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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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.