2018 PA WORKERS’ COMP AVERAGE WEEKLY WAGE ANNOUNCED
January 3, 2018
According to the Workers’ Compensation Act, injured workers are entitled to wage-loss benefits equal to two-thirds of their weekly wage for a work-related injury. However, there are minimum and maximum...
3 Common Reasons Your Military In-Service Compensation Claim Might Be Denied (And What To Do About It)
November 10, 2017
If you’ve filed a claim for service-connected compensation and your claim has been denied, you’re probably wondering what you did wrong, or could have done differently. All too many times...
How much can you work while receiving Social Security Disability benefits?
August 30, 2017
Social Security defines disability as an “inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity” because of a physical or mental impairment. In short, to be disabled, you must be unable...
How does ERISA Affect Long Term Disability?
August 15, 2017
ERISA is the acronym for The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. ERISA is a comprehensive and complicated federal law that was originally intended to protect employee pension plans....
Why does it take so long to receive a decision on my SSDI/SSI claim?
Initial Level There are multiple steps in the SSDI/SSI application process. When you submit your initial application to the Social Security Administration (SSA), your claim is “developed” by an SSA...
What’s the difference between SSDI and SSI and which is right for you?
August 8, 2017
If you have become disabled and need to file for disability, the application process can be overwhelming. However, there are ways to get through it. Your first step is to...
The Importance of Filing Your Workers’ Compensation Claim Quickly and Correctly
July 26, 2017
As an injured worker, you are entitled to receive payment of reasonable medical expenses as well as wage-loss benefits. In order to receive compensation, you must notify your employer within...
If I get hurt at work, will the Judge award “pain and suffering” damages?
July 17, 2017
"Can you get pain and suffering with workers compensation?" This is a common question we hear from our clients, and it is a good question to ask because, ultimately, it...
Supreme Court Declares Impairment Rating Evaluations Unconstitutional
July 5, 2017
The most significant judicial decision to change workers’ compensation law in the last 20 years occurred on June 20, 2017 when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued Protz v. Workers’ Compensation...
Matthew Wilson to be a Moderator at Best Practices CLE
May 8, 2017
(Philadelphia) –Martin Law partner Matthew Wilson is the faculty planner and moderator of the PBI’s upcoming CLE Workers’ Compensation: Best Practices and Recommendations on May 17, 2017. The panel will...
High-quality Medical Treatment for Injured Workers
May 2, 2017
One of the hardest problems an injured worker faces is obtaining high-quality medical treatment. Frequently this is a complicated decision. As lawyers, we can help guide our clients, but we...
How Social Security Hearings Work
April 10, 2017
Preparing for a hearing can be nerve-racking, particularly when you’ve been waiting nearly two years and aren’t quite sure what to expect. While we can’t control everything you might be...
Is my workers’ compensation taxable?
April 3, 2017
"Do I have to pay taxes on workers compensation?" It's that time of year that everyone hates, yes it is tax season. I am frequently asked the question, "Is my...
Matthew Wilson to present at Tough Problems in Workers’ Compensation
March 29, 2017
(Philadelphia) –Martin Law partner Matthew Wilson will be a presenting case law at the Tough Problems in Workers’ Compensation CLE on April 3, 2017. Matthew Wilson is a partner of...
What is the difference between SSDI and SSI?
February 21, 2017
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are two programs that provide cash benefits to disabled individuals. While both programs require that claimants be disabled from work,...
Workers’ Compensation Insurance Costs Have Gone Down
January 31, 2017
A national study found that workers’ compensation insurance costs for Pennsylvania businesses have gone down. Among the 50 states, Pennsylvania used to rank 17th for highest insurance costs. Now Pennsylvania...
Elisa Advani Appointed to Hispanic Bar Association of PA’s Board
January 25, 2017
(Philadelphia) –Martin Law associate Elisa Advani has recently been elected to the Board for the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania. Elisa Advani is an associate practicing Workers’ Compensation. She previously...
2017 PA WORKERS’ COMP AVERAGE WEEKLY WAGE ANNOUNCED
January 16, 2017
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...
Football Players Seeking Workers’ Compensation for Head Injuries
January 12, 2017
Professional football players are like any other Pennsylvania employee -- they might be entitled to workers’ compensation when they are injured on the job. Football is a dangerous sport, and...
What are workers comp investigators allowed to do? Social Media Tips
December 20, 2016
As much as you may love social media, give it a rest while you're involved in a legal case. Information on social media is not private. Once you post, share,...
Amit Shah Named Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Workers Compensation Section
December 9, 2016
(Philadelphia, PA) – Martin Law partner, Amit Shah, has been named Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Workers Compensation Section for 2017. This position has been previously held by Martin...
Falls in the Construction Industry
December 8, 2016
Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry, and they have been happening far too frequently in Philadelphia. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety...
Medical Examinations Play an Important Role in Your PA Workers’ Compensation Claim
November 17, 2016
Injured workers will inevitably be sent for medical evaluation and treatment, often by doctors hand-picked by the Employer. These examinations play a significant role in determining your entitlement to benefits....
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...
What to Expect in the Workers’ Compensation Process: The Deposition
May 5, 2016
"What is the workers' compensation deposition process?" Getting injured on the job is unfamiliar territory for most workers. Injured workers typically have a number of questions about the process. This...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Work Safety Tips from Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
January 25, 2016
"Ways to avoid a work injury" The attorneys at Martin Law stand ready and able to help injured Pennsylvania workers. But the truth is, we would rather not EVER see...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
I Was Offered A Light Duty Job. Should I Take It?
August 28, 2015
"Do I have to take a light duty job?" When you've suffered a work injury and are unable to perform your regular duties, you may eventually be offered to chance...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
When will I get paid for my workers’ comp claim?
July 31, 2015
"How long does it take to get my workers' comp payment?" Questions about the details and timing of the workers' comp process are extremely popular - and for a good...
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...
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:...
I’m an independent contractor, can I file a Workers’ Compensation claim?
July 20, 2015
"Can independent contractors get workers' compensation?" 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
“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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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'...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
2016 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Truck drivers and workers compensation
November 28, 2014
"Are truck drivers eligible for workers compensation?" Long-haul truck drivers are usually covered by workers’ compensation insurance, also known as workers’ comp or work comp. Truck drivers suffer injuries and...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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....
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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!...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
(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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
How are my workers’ compensation benefits calculated?
June 16, 2014
"How do you calculate workers compensation?" If you have been injured at work, you are generally eligible for workers' compensation benefits, including a weekly benefit to replace wages. Under Pennsylvania...
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...
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...
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,...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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'...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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"...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.,...
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,...
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...
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...
$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,...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Court Approves of Insurance Company Spying on Prayer
September 28, 2010
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....
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...
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...
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'...
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...
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...
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...