Matt’s Corner

Supreme Court Declares Impairment Rating Evaluations Unconstitutional

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 Appeal Board (Derry Area School District), __Pa. __, A.3 __ (No. 6 WAP 2016 and No. 7 WAP 2016, decided June 20, 2017). In Protz,… Read more

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High-quality Medical Treatment for Injured Workers

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 are not doctors. I am frequently asked the questions: “Is my doctor doing the right thing?” or “Should I have surgery?” I can provide guidance… Read more

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Is my workers’ compensation taxable?

“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 workers compensation taxable?” The answer is no. There is no federal or state income tax applied to the weekly receipt of the workers’ compensation check…. Read more

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Unemployment Compensation

Clients frequently ask whether they can receive unemployment compensation while waiting for a claim to be decided in a Workers’ Compensation case. The answer, as usual is it depends on the status of the case. If you are working light duty as a result of your injury and your employer lays you off you are… Read more

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Can I sue my employer for negligence?

When the Workers’ Compensation Act was first created at the turn of the Century (the early 1900’s) one of the purposes was to create immunity against civil suit by an employee against their employer in exchange for receipt of the workers’ compensation benefit. In most circumstances if the injury arises solely from the conduct of… Read more