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

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 the Fifth Amendment when asked about his immigration status. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled recently that the workers’ refusal to discuss whether he was legally… Read more


Can I Obtain Workers’ Comp And Social Security Disability Benefits?

Injured workers can receive Workers’ comp and SSDI at the same time, but benefit amounts may be reduced.If you have been permanently disabled in a work-related accident, you may wonder if you can obtain Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in addition to your workers’ compensation benefits. In many cases, you can. Workers who are… Read more

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7/22/14 – Joe Huttemann is Eastern District Chair of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice workers’ Compensation Section

July 22, 2014 (Philadelphia, PA) – Martin Law partner Joe Huttemann has been named the eastern district chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice (PAJ). As such, Huttemann will assist in leading the section’s efforts on behalf of members who represent injured worker claimants in the commonwealth. The mission of… Read more


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

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 an employer to retaliate or fire a worker for reporting a workplace injury and filing a workers’ compensation claim. Yet firing – and the fear… Read more

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7/16/14 – Maria Bermudez Participating in Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Clarence Darrow Event

July 16, 2014 (Philadelphia, PA) -Martin Law attorney Maria E. Bermudez will participate as a panel member in what is billed as a “spellbinding” event hosted by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute: “Clarence Darrow: Crimes, Causes and the Courtroom” will take place Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – noon at the PBI’s CLE Conference Center,… Read more


Playing Around with Hazards

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 Health Administration (OSHA). The agency’s Assistant Secretary David Michaels, Ph.D., M.P.H. announced the new tool at an American Society of Safety Engineers conference in Orlando,… Read more


Sugar plant accident that killed temp worker could have been avoided

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 increase has come new concerns about worker safety. A Pennsylvania accident recently highlighted in an article by the journalism group ProPublica shows some of the… Read more

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7/10/14 – Martin Law Has THE Most workers’ Comp Certified Attorneys in Pennsylvania

July 10, 2014 (Philadelphia, PA) – With the addition of three more attorneys at Martin Law who have received certifications in Workers’ Compensation, the firm now holds the greatest number of certified attorneys in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Attorneys John Dogum, Amit Shah and Joseph Conlan are newly-certified Workers’ Compensation Specialists after successfully taking the… Read more


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

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 the idea that some people collect disability checks from Social Security while also collecting unemployment checks. People argue that this is unfair. First of all,… Read more


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

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 first responders must deal with the emotional trauma of the serious situations they live through. The nature of these injuries and illnesses can create challenging… Read more