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 reported to the facility’s outpatient room for the test. Moberg suffered an adverse reaction to the test and fell to the floor. She sought workers’… Read more
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 have two senior attorney representatives speaking on a variety of topics. George Martin will review recent case topics, Matthew Wilson will analyze the course and… Read more
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 stated as few as 14 injuries and as many as 20). Six injured workers, two of them in critical condition, were transported to the burn… Read more
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. The court said that a private investigator who videotaped an employee praying in a public place didn’t violate privacy protections. According to the Legal Intelligencer,… Read more
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 compensation. The reason for the reversal: the injury was reported to the employer past the 120-day deadline for notification. The Case in Question In the… Read more
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 could continue to classify independent franchisees as distinct from independent contractors for the purpose of denying benefits to these workers, the case offered no such… Read more
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’ Compensation Appeal Board’s decision to deny an employer’s request to suspend the worker’s benefits. The employee had been receiving benefits since 1989 when he injured… Read more
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 to their detriment. The law firm of Martin Law strives to stay on top of these changes so that we can protect our clients’ benefits… Read more
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 rate for a 2009 injury is $836.00, making this one of the smallest yearly increases in recent history.
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 the 19th Floor of our building at 1818 Market Street, Philadelphia. Walk-ins are welcome or you can sign up online to donate!